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