July 4, 2019 — Getting a much needed shower and sleeping in a bed last night felt great. Some folks rested better than others, but everybody was excited about our day. Before leaving BIMS we met Steve, Lynn’s husband. Lynn manages BIMS and he assists with maintenance on the compound. As Southern Baptists we are so thankful that our International Mission Board has a place of refuge for weary missionaries as they are traveling in South Africa. Lynn and Steve do a wonderful job serving the Lord in Johannesburg at BIMS.
We were sad to hear that our delicious breakfast restaurant, Mugg & Bean had closed. A friend recommended a new restaurant, Latte` Licious, and it was fabulous. We highly recommend teams to add this restaurant to the top of your list for a great breakfast or meal.
We traveled safely out of South Africa and into Swaziland. No flat tires as of yet! Taking in beautiful scenery as we traveled is always a treat. Our “first time” team members were trying to absorb as much as possible. Lots of good questions were asked also. The Mountain Inn staff welcomed us and the youth immediately explored the beautiful grounds. A few hours later, the team along with our Swazi friend, Kuseni Jele, joined us for an amazing dinner and fellowship. It was wonderful watching and listening to our four youth engage in conversation with Kuseni. Conversations ranged from spiritual and political matters, cultural differences, careers, school, college and family. Our youth led impressive conversations and answered some tough questions. They were energized even more tonight to begin ministry work with the youth leaders. Kuseni joined us for devotions as well. It is always good to see our friend.
Pray for our team as we help the youth leaders with logistics and groceries for the retreat. Pray for our youth to be bold and courageous in their faith as they lead tomorrow. Pray for the Swazis to arrive safely to the retreat. Pray that hearts will be open to hear the Word of God. Once again, we can’t thank you enough for your continued prays. Keep them coming! God is a work.