Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Big Splash

The Team 2007.
Since we started this activity in 2004 we prayed to have more team members closer to the ages of the students that we are ministering to. We had one teenager with us on 2004 and saw how the students interacted with him. This year God answered our prayer by giving us eight teenagers between the age of 14 and 18. We have a total of eighteen team participants from the USA. They hail from California, Arizona, Indiana, and Florida.

So Long Old Friend . . . . .
In the midst of our preparations for this trip we receive the heartbreaking news that our brother Francois our key point man on the ground in Richards Bay has been called home to be with the Lord.
So with just a few months left before we get a plane with a team of eighteen we are scrambling to figure out how we will get all of our arrangements made for accommodation, transport, schedule appointments to teach at twelve schools, arrange for a venue for our training day, and lunches for teams. On top of all these challenges we get word that the teachers nurses and a slue of other government workers are on strike for higher wages. We don't know if we are going to even be able to get into the schools so we do lots of praying.
Angels Sent by God. . . . .
At Francois' memorial service a young man introduces himself to John, the director of Campus Crusade for the Province of Kwa Zulu Natal. He says that he has been working with Francois and is considering becoming more active in ministry and is contemplating perhaps even doing it full time. So enter our guardian angels Aldrin and Annelise come to rescue us. Obviously the answers to our many prayers.

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