Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March happenings

Here's a quick recap of our last month, now that we've had a chance to catch our breath.

1-2 March.  Bethany Bible School workshop weekend with guest instructor Hlobisile Nxumalo from Swaziland.  We enjoyed hosting Hlobi in our home for parts of four days.  Nanna and AK, our Danish volunteers, also spent the weekend with us.  Jacob, Anna's brother, left us on Sunday, 3 March, after a four-month stay.

8-10 March.  Anabaptist Network in South Africa Steering Committee Meeting in Pietermaritzburg.  Three members of Bethany Bible School, Nonyameko Dwele, Reuben Mgodeli, and Lawrence Coetzee, represented the school to the gathering and with us presented a proposal to the Anabaptist Network on how it might collaborate with Bethany.

10-20 March.  Travels with church delegation from Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana.  We enjoyed hosting and sharing about our life and work with six members from one of our supporting congregations.  Over several days in the Mthatha area, the group

  • visited the rural homestead of one of our Bible School members.  The group received a royal welcome and witnessed a lively church service;
  • got a feel for the local verve in the city of Mthatha
  • spent a beautiful day at the beach at Silaka Nature Reserve, Port St. Johns
After Mthatha, the group went on to Philipstown where we spent a weekend with Grace Community Church.  We enjoyed
  • a Saturday evening braai of sheep and boerwoers;
  • church on Sunday
After Philipstown, we headed to Johannesburg from which the group eventually departed for the states.  While in Johannesburg, the group visited the Apartheid Museum and a craft market.  After their departure, our family took a couple days of vacation in the city.  

Now we're back home, and are looking forward to the observances of this Holy Week.

Joe


 Nanna, Jacob, Hlobisile, and AK being Levi's grandparents for the day at his grandparents' tea


The boys in front of soccer city in Johannesburg