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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day 9

Day 9 Red Rocks Team Trip

It's very late at night. I'm tired and I don't have a lot time, but I wanted to post a quick update. I'll try to post some pictures later. Sometimes it is quite a mission to upload pictures because the internet connection is so slow here.

Today we sent part of the team back out to Phokeng to continue on the ceilings. Tomorrow the cabinets will be installed. Tomorrow is our last day of working so we have a lot to do.

We also began rebuilding the Lighthouse shelter's playground today. Our intention was to install new posts in the ground and then re-use the existing wood from the old playground, but as we've begun the project we are finding that almost all of the wood is rotten so we are pretty much starting from scratch, which has made the project much more involved than we originally intended. I doubt that we will finish completely, but hopefully we can do enough that the kids can use it.

We also sent 4 of our ladies to Neobirth today. Neobirth is a crisis pregnancy center in town. The ladies from our team were just going to see what they do at Neobirth and learn a little about the social issues that they deal with. While they were there several mothers came in seeking help with their pregnancy or asking for help for their newborns. It was one crisis after another while the girls were there and they got quite an education on the problems of South Africa. One of our team members is a social worker in the states and said that today was the most impacting day yet for her. I'm glad that they had that opportunity.

Tomorrow our last batch of team members will visit Freedom Park.

Tonight I had a meeting in town regarding the leadership of the shelter and I returned to find that the team had been writing a song about their experience in South Africa. It was amazing. Maybe we'll post the lyrics here eventually - keep checking back. It means so much to me to see how this trip has impacted each of them individually. It is more than I could have hoped for. A lot of tears were being shed tonight because of how God is moving in each person's life.

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