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Fam!

Ok people! What was Jack doing in the blog “grocery store feet” photo last night with the red broom?! Truth be told...we had a mouse in the kitchen so I was on the counter with Amber avoiding the rodent. Jack, Crocodile Dundee, was positioned to catch the mouse with the broom in a sneak attack. But at that moment he had picked up a rouge earring with the broom and was trying to hand it to me. The halariousness of it all was unmatched. :)

yep. dang mouse.

yep. dang mouse.

Back to the blog... 

You wondering what the title means?  Well, it means PARADISE CLIFF, but it has become a word that Pastor Jack has adopted to use in every way.  Then he adds all of our names with ‘kloof’ on the end.  Yeah, it’s funny. Anyway…

Today has been simply amazing. We started the morning quietly at the house gathering ourselves for the day. As we have each day, we prayed together and asked Holy Spirit to go with us and fill us up. It’s been a sweet way to start the day.

We divided up today! 💚💚💚

Jack, Anjelica, Aaron, Sarah and myself went to Agape Preschool at EN Zola to love on kids, to do painting, and a larger project of building a cover for their sandbox. (They have to keep certain regulations for sandboxes at the schools so this was aiding in that effort.) Wait until you see the photos of this gorgeous, functional, amazing piece of work designed and executed by Jack!! When the principal of the preschool, who is also our EN pastor’s wife Thabisa, saw the finished product she was undone. She said “This is the best thing that’s happened to me all year!” ☺️

Kyle, Meredith, Patti, Don, Carla and Amber drove over to Stellenbosch and went to a different preschool called Graceland. Meredith was gracious enough to write a synopsis of their day at Graceland (and she is my hero for it!!!): “At Graceland we spent time looking around the property and seeing all the special spaces set up for the children. Elizabeth works hard to ensure the children get everything they need in order to be successful in their future education. It was awesome to hear her story of perseverance, she was taken out of school at 12 years of age and later in life took equivalent to GED and then pursued her university education in early childhood education. Her dedication and heart for the children at Graceland is so very obvious and her joy comes straight from Jesus. For all the work she has been called to here she trusts God. Patti ministered to Elizabeth and gave her a beautiful black pearl necklace to remind her that she too is a pearl of great cost. Jesus gave up everything in order to buy us back from the grips of sin and death. We are his pearls of great cost. We are grateful for this reminder throughout the week.

The children at Graceland are aged 3-5 and we had so much fun playing soccer, jumping on the trampoline, having our hair styled and spending time with the girls and boys here. We also got to hear their beautiful voices sing the South African anthem, “I’m in the Lord’s army,” “zaccheus was a wee little man” and a South African nursery song.

 Graceland is doing a “Tour of Nations” on Sunday to fundraise for the pre-school. Kyle and Don helped transport tables and chairs to support this work. This will bring in significant funds for the school and we are praying that it is everything they have asked for in Jesus name.

Elizabeth and Leon were blessings to both the men and women, and they are a true example of a couple whose hands are on the plow and they’re looking ahead to whatever God has for them. We love Graceland!

We ended our day with dinner at a local restaurant! This team earned every treat and calorie and time of peace at dinner! We enjoy laughing together and conversing...we just love being together! 

Tomorrow we will spend the day in Cape Town and see another part of this precious nation.  

Until then... 

xxx

KG

P.S. Picture captions will tell more of today’s details :) 

We absolutely love Pastor Linda and his wife, Thabisa. We love EN Zola and Agape Educare!

We absolutely love Pastor Linda and his wife, Thabisa. We love EN Zola and Agape Educare!

The following are A LOT of photos from this project so you can see the progression of this task. Amazing…

The reveal of this project was so special. Thabisa was overwhelmed. Her staff was overwhelmed! They just kept shouting and smiling and thanking God. Isn’t the before and after stunning?

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We are traveling the world together for Jesus!

We are traveling the world together for Jesus!

Let us in to play with the kids! :)

Let us in to play with the kids! :)

Can you find Sarah!? She’s in her happy place! :)

Can you find Sarah!? She’s in her happy place! :)

…and again.

…and again.

Hard working girl, this one.

Hard working girl, this one.

Nap time. This was amazing!

Nap time. This was amazing!

Anjelica worked in this bathroom tirelessly. BEFORE AND AFTER!! Thabisa was thrilled to have a bright bathroom in her office! Kyle and Jack also changed out light fixtures and fixed the switch so they would actually turn on. What a team!

Anjelica worked in this bathroom tirelessly. BEFORE AND AFTER!! Thabisa was thrilled to have a bright bathroom in her office! Kyle and Jack also changed out light fixtures and fixed the switch so they would actually turn on. What a team!

Anjelica said that painting the bathroom today was a highlight. She commented on how peaceful it was to have this task :)

Anjelica said that painting the bathroom today was a highlight. She commented on how peaceful it was to have this task :)

Aaron brightened up this ceiling for the Agape office!

Aaron brightened up this ceiling for the Agape office!

Graceland has a special place in the hearts of IFC peeps.

Graceland has a special place in the hearts of IFC peeps.

The reunion between Patti and Elizabeth was 6 people’s JOY and JESUS for the day! They have been friends since the very first IFC trip to SA in 2007. God knits hearts! He has friendship for us!

The reunion between Patti and Elizabeth was 6 people’s JOY and JESUS for the day! They have been friends since the very first IFC trip to SA in 2007. God knits hearts! He has friendship for us!

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This lady never grows tired of loving on kiddos. We all want to be like her when we grow up!

This lady never grows tired of loving on kiddos. We all want to be like her when we grow up!

Mr. Kyle is a good dad…all over the world.

Mr. Kyle is a good dad…all over the world.

Hair salon. Carla and Amber are good sports!

Hair salon. Carla and Amber are good sports!

I mean seriously, what more elegant up-do could you ask for? Amber is ready to take on the world. :)

I mean seriously, what more elegant up-do could you ask for? Amber is ready to take on the world. :)

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Mama C.

Mama C.

“When I Praise Him” dance party!

“When I Praise Him” dance party!

Don busy at play!

Don busy at play!

Play with me!!!!!

Play with me!!!!!

 

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