Woah, what a day! Went on a game drive this morning where we saw all kinds of African deer, bule waterbuffalo, monkeys, elephants, giraffe, ostrich, emu, lions, and cheetahs to name some! The craziest parts of the day were: feeding and petting the elephants, the lunch, and petting the cheetahs. The elephants were fun and huge, with an insatiable appetite. When I was told we’d be provided lunch, I was picturing this little white box stuffed with a stubby sandwich, apple, and bag of chips. What we were fed was t-bone steaks (or chicken.. but come on… is that really a hard choice?) some great rice and vegetables, with ice cream with curry. The drive ended with us being able to walk in the cheetah enclosure, having three cheetahs purring and coming up to us, lying down and letting us petting them while they licked us; awesome! The most unexpected blessing of the morning were the group of kids that we were able to interact with, from an orphanage already ministering and pouring into the lives of 35+ kids, soon to move to 70! Some American help was with them; one new friend of ours is Ben Schickel; a fellow southerner who gave us some info about the orphanage, which is the Open Arms Home for Children, that you can look up at www.openarmshome.com. Please be praying for them as they live Christ to these kids!
We then spent the evening at a church member’s house to experience the rugby finals in South Africa, compared to the Super Bowl’s intensity. Trevor’s home was mind numbing to me- a legitimate tennis court in the front yard is not a usual thing! The ruby match was good because we were able to learn a little about it and see the passion the people have for the game. After another great meal Bobby and James shared their testimonies with us, telling of God’s grace and faithfulness in all our trials and situations. Church in the morning is going to be wonderful! Please pray for the services, and for Kurt as he is sharing at the church in Amalinda Forrest. Praise be to Jesus that we are able to worship Him with brothers and sisters halfway across the world!