Today was another fantastic day in Swaziland! Today was our official “sightseeing” day, but (as most of you know I like to do) I was able to sneak in some work as well! The morning began with my interview of Nono, which was so so sweet! She is such a precious gem and I was bound by her story. She is such a testament to God’s grace. After this, we traveled to Manzini, where we visited Manzini Market and another larger market. We then had lunch with some fellow missionaries on the field and one of our Swazi friends, Gogo, and traveled to a local candle factory, which has the most INCREDIBLE candles I’ve ever seen. Although today was just sightseeing, I was able to interview Nono, as well as get some great b-roll of the markets and some of the people. I think these will add textures and details to our story!
– (this is from yesterday, but I forgot!) While visiting the glass factory, we were looking at the different items for purchase when Scott managed to KNOCK OVER nearly every penguin on a shelf!! (keep in mind they are glass!) He was such a mess!
– We nearly died again today, but this time by COWS! They tend to run in the street here, and we just missed the oncoming ones! Luckily no one was hurt!
– The people here in general don’t mind if you take photographs of them, often they even welcome it. Most people have been fascinated by my cameras, and want to pose for it!
– Well, finally folks, today was HOT. Blistering! I was warned (vehemently, I might add), but our first two days were so mild I didn’t really understand until today!
– Nono was so lovely to hear today. She told Wayne (on WhatsApp) that she already missed our team! We’re hoping to see her later in the week, but we’re not sure. So thankful for her testimony!
– We got 110 Bibles today! We’re going to be giving them throughout the week. This is SUCH a gift in Swaziland, and I can’t wait to share them with our friends here!
– We also we’re able to give away some of the dresses made by the ladies in Washington today! Nono took 20 for a girls preschool in her area, and we gave our missionary friends some as well for their church. We held onto about half for our visits this week, but MANY little girls are going to have new things to wear very soon!
– Tomorrow is Sunday, which means both Wayne and Scott will be preaching in two separate churches, and Stuart and I will both be sharing our testimonies. Please pray for clarity and for wisdom for each of us!
– I will also be conducting a few interviews during our Braai (barbeque) tomorrow; pray for those sharing with me, that they will have wisdom from the Lord himself, and be excited to participate!
That’s all for today friends! So thankful for each of your prayers – in my time in the word this morning, God laid Colossians 4:2 on my heart, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” I’ve been praying as often as possible for the blessings that the Lord keep bestowing on us! We would love for you to join us!
With joy abounding,
We’re in Swaziland!! Today we stopped at a glass factory and we were able to shop for a while; we also drove most of the country today, and we picked up Nono, one of our great friends here! She is a nursing student in the capital, Mbabane, and such a testament to the Lord’s goodness! We finally checked into our guest house for the week, and ate a fabulous dinner! Another great day in Africa!
– South Africa and Swaziland are already VERY different; the cultural differences surprised me a good bit!
– There are no self service stations in Swaziland, someone MUST pump your gas!
– Animals just roam the streets, and we LITERALLY ran into cows today! Thankfully no one was hurt! (including the cows!)
– Not even a little car sick today. This is the BIGGEST concern going on the trip for me, and Sea Bands worked y’all!
– I SAW RHINOS TODAY! AND ZEBRAS! Most of you know my biggest sadness was my inability to stay for Kruger; the Lord provided for me in a big way today!
– I also flew the drone for the first time today, and NO ISSUES! (aka I didn’t crash it!) All of the people surrounding us were fascinated and it was a great talking piece to tell people why were in Swaziland!
– Nono is so excited for us to be here; I will be interviewing her tomorrow, and she is so willing to share what God has done in her life! (Jimmy, Donna, she says hello and that she misses you all!!)
– Tomorrow is mainly a sightseeing day, but I will be spending lots of time photographing and shooting video of the countryside and the places we visit. Pray for equipment that works, and for great shots!
– Patience is already running thin for some of us, as we are exhausted (and we’ve just barely begun!) Pray that God would teach us with his gentle guiding hand, while providing us with abundance patience each day.
– Pray for Nono as she will be sharing her testimony tomorrow with me, and that God is able to speak through her!
Thankful for each of you, and the hope you have given me and our team! We are thankful for your prayers and your love!
With a fountain of joy at hand,
We made it to Johannesburg, safe, sound and in one piece! Praise God! We are checked into BIMS for the evening, and will be leaving early in the morning (with a stop at Mugg and Bean, for those of you who have been to Swaziland) for the country. I am already overwhelmed by God’s grace…..he is showing new mercies as we speak!
– They really do drive on the other side of the road! CRAZY! (Wayne made a wrong turn already into the opposite lane…Mom and Dad, I was in the other car! No worries!)
– The accents here are so lovely! They have such a gentle lilt in their tone, and everyone has been so helpful!
– Gas is SUPER expensive here, nearly $4.50 to the gallon!
– My luggage came! Also, the whole team was able to travel smoothly with no issues!
– We were able to get phones set up and rental cars with no issues!
– We begin our travel tomorrow through long, winding country roads. (well, some roads, but mainly dirt paths.) Pray for the whole team to stay safe, and especially for me as I struggle with car sickness!
– Pray that God would soften each of our hearts towards the Swazi people. I am nervous about learning as much as I can about these amazing people, and I want to represent them so well to the rest of the world. Pray that the Lord would give us guidance and mercy in that!
– Pray for our team member, Scott Ferry, as he begins to prepare for preaching each day! He has a difficult task of community the Gospel clearly and effectively, through the use of a translator. He is excited, but nervous. Pray that the Lord would speak through his words, and bring many to himself!!
Thankful for each of you, and your texts, prayers, calls, and letters. May God give each of you new mercies today!