We are finishing up our week here in Swaziland and goodness has our time here been so very sweet. The week has been full…lots of home visits, playing with the kids at care points, and spending time with the Spraggs and Hunts. The guys painted the exterior of the Spragg’s house one day while us girls went to visit the Hunt’s. One morning we got up early and hike a mountain and a wee able to see Swaziland from a whole new vantage point. What a beautiful place and what an honor to be here loving on the people who call it home. Another morning, we went on an African safari and saw lions, giraffes, and rhinos! The majority of our evenings have been spent at the Spragg’s home-we have played games, sang, and just enjoyed being together….it’s been a wonderful way to end each day.
There is one home visit in particular that I don’t think any of us will ever forget. We drove for quite a while on a little bumpy dirt road to a homestead. Once there, we found Go-go (Siswati for grandmother) in her cook house laying by the fire to keep warm. She is very elderly and alone. They were able to get her outside, but it was very apparent that she was in a great deal of pain. She told us how she was doing, and how even though her circumstances were beyond difficult, God was still good and faithful to her. Seeing her circumstances was heartbreaking, but her faith reminded each of us that no matter what we are walking – even if it is through the fire – that He is with us.
There are countless stories we could tell. The Lord has moved greatly in each of our hearts, and we are not coming back the same people we were when we left. There is going to be a part of Swaziland in each of us.
We cannot wait to see you all!
Emily and the Swazi team