Swazi Here I Come!

Well, we’re off! The day has finally come and the bags are packed and we’re ready to go. Unfortunately, I won’t have internet until I return on April 10th! So, this blog is going to be a little lonely, but when I get back I’m sure I’ll have lots to write!

Impact Day!

On Monday, we had an AWESOME time helping out at Impact Day!  Twenty “learners” or students as we call them came from each school for a day-long conference (so about 250 kids total!).  The conference’s theme is Integrity and the kids will come to another session in May.  This time the talk was focused on Honesty.  As interns, we were able to help develop group activities as well as group discussion questions.  In between sessions, we each led a small group of about 10 students.  I loved getting to interact with these next generation leaders and hearing their thoughts!  The kids were great and I’m so excited that they were able to take a day to spend time learning about such an important character trait.  I felt a little at home in the “event planning” area too.  I love seeing everything come together and that deep breath after everyone is seated and everything is going well!



Thirsty hearts are those whose longings have

been wakened by the touch of God within them.

                        A.W. Tozer

Toilet Paper Fun


At Launch Pad this last week, we went through a lesson about telling our story of coming to Christ.  The kids were able to write their story out in the book and we went through the questions together. We also asked some students to stay after to write what LaunchPad means to them.  I loved reading their comments about how they are so glad they are able to come and learn.  The kids also played a fun game this week where one student rolled toilet paper around the rest and then they had to try to walk across the room without the paper breaking.  The students loved the game!  I love teaching and am excited to go back next week!


Cleaning Day


Flashback to Monday with me (yes, I know this post is way late, but oh well!).  Monday is cleaning day and the day my house gets our clothes washed.  The cleaning staff washes, air dries, and irons all of the clothes.  I’m always impressed with how neat and flat my clothes come back in my laundry bag.  To top it off, part of me has disliked how the clothes I fold are not as neat and then I have the super neat clothes.  Well well well, this Monday proved to be a super day!  Random, but fun and makes me think that the cleaning staff must think that I can’t fold clothes for nothing.  Because not only did they take and return my clothes, but they also took all my clothes out of the shelf and folded them.  Super neat, eh?  So far, I’ve tried to keep the clothes as neat and I’ve done a decent job.  Though, I definitely still can’t fold clothes like they can!


s6300733On Thursdays, we go to town (Harrismith) to do a little shopping, get groceries for the weekend (only 4 of us do this since we switch off weekends to cook), and just have some down time to hang out.  We, like many other intern groups, frequent a little cafe called The Daily Grind (ironic for those of you who know of that).  Well, I found this little gem of a snack/food/dessert and boy am I happy!  I was in the mood for something more than a shake and thought I wanted normal pancakes.  So, I asked the waitress which she suggested between Monster Flapjacks and Pancakes.  She pointed to these and so I said sounds good. They are called pancakes with cinnamon syrup and ice cream.  Though, as you can see they are a mix of crepes and pancakes.  And let me know tell you…they are a perfect blend of hot and cold, sweet and fluffy and everything delicous. Jealous, yet? 

Ke Rata

I love…

packages…getting packages!!!

smoothies ….that we now have a blender (thanks to the Staff Trialers!!) and so I can make smoothies!

laying out…laying outside!

Day of Thoughts, part 2

“Romance is the deepest thing in life, romance is even deeper than reality.”
G.k. Chesterton

Thoughts from a talk on leadership:

  • Fear is a backwards motivator
  • Pure obedience comes from a love for Jesus
  • What are you trying to hide?
  • Keep your heart yielded and keep following Him.
  • When you understand the way of a leader as being a shepherd then you will be a dynamic leader.
  • A shepherd feeds his sheep everyday and only shears once a year.

Andy Stanley Series: That Hideous Thing (jealousy)

  • You think God ripped you off.  God could have given you this, God could have done that.
  • 1 Cor. 13 You can’t love until you get rid of envy
  • 1. Acknowledge this truth and take it to God. I think God owes me. 2. Confess your jealousy to the person if you need to. 3. Celebrate the people you envy and celebrate them out loud.”

Captivating: Healing the Wound

  • Now, Jesus said, don’t you think God cares just a little bit more for you than for the birds of the air? “Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt. 6:26).  Indeed, you are.  You, dear heart, are the crown of creation, his glorious image bearer.  And he will do everything it takes to rescue you and set your heart free.
  • He came to restore the glorious creation that you are.  And then set you free….to be yourself
  • Our journey toward healing begins when we repent of those ways, lay them down, let them go. 
  • Healing never comes against our will
  • We all still need to know and find the answers in God: Do you see me? Am I captivating? Do I have a beauty all my own? Will you heal me? Can you really heal me? Am I really worth it? 

Day of Thoughts

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. ~Anne Lamott

Guarding your heart also means filter what goes in and what comes out:  “She said that she’s protecting the things that are in her heart. “Not everyone gets every story, Annie,” she said in a voice that was mildly condescending with a touch of motherly undertones.”

I love a good hug, but I am very thankful the multiple online mediums to which I can connect and keep in touch while I’m far away.

A good reminder:

“God speaking to me.
This continues to this second.
I don’t have  journals with pages or pens with ink enough to capture everything He is telling me.
I realized that He didn’t start yelling the second I unplugged, but He had been screaming for a long time.  I just had to unplug to hear from Him through Him.  Not rely on hearing Him through great podcasts and great blogs.”