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baptism at naledi

March 24, 2011
















friday night

March 20, 2011
















friday was my last sms before heading back to the states. oh, the start of “the lasts”. . sms is our one-friday-a-month event on campus purposed to meet and connect with students at UB. an sms tends to have music, dancing, games, talking, meeting, and typically a group talk followed by small groups. . think {loosely} a young life club, if that helps.

continue to pray for the connections made at sms. pray for our student leaders. . that they would take intiative to engage the people around them and be able to really follow up with those connections. pray for marylyn, a student who natalie had connected with while studying the Bible with her roomate. friday she attended sms and afterward came to a few girls saying she desired to know and follow Jesus. pray she would know, truly believe, and hope in the gospel.

our next sms will be 15 april. . i’ll be in SA for our annual meeting but the students will be leading their final sms of the semester. pray also for our team as we begin to think and pray through who will be part of leadership team next semester. pray for andrew as he leads our students in direction and focus for this monthly time.

saturday at home

March 19, 2011












breakfast // do-it-yourself projects // visit at the davis’ // handmade crafts // using my new antique scissors that laura got me in capetown! aren’t they sweet? // smoothies // reading harry potter out loud while la cooks us stir fry // reeves extended family skype chat … coolest family ever. i’m pretty sure her grandaddy suggested he wear a kilt and play bagpipes at his daughter’s wedding in june // baking chocolate chip cookies // star wars // absolutely NO work…

three cheers for a saturday of rest!

mmandunyane, botswana

March 16, 2011














requests from phatsimo. . .

“pray for the salvation of my family and mmandunyane at large. // pray for rain. the land is very dry and because of this people’s crops are dying. pray for their physical needs to met as well.”

note: i plucked that chicken.

bulawayo, zimbabwe

March 14, 2011
























requests from noma. . .

“my grandmother and grandfather still worship their ancestors. my prayer is that ties with them may be broken so that they may worship the one true God. // my uncle has a void in his heart that he hasn’t been able to fill with anything. my prayer is that God may use His children around him to share the gospel of his grace – even if it means using me. // my family is seeking to know more about God but in the past they have learned a lot of thing that are not based on the gospel. i pray for the grace of God to help them understand the gospel- the true gospel. // pray for my grandmother living in the village of entumbane. pray God would surround her with believers to fellowship and study the bible with.”

exploring zim

March 5, 2011


























last week i traveled with two friends – phatsimo and nomathemba – across the border to zimbabwe! we spent a few days in a village outside of bulawayo, where noma grew up until she came to botswana for university. then we returned to visit phatsi’s home village of mandunyane. our days were full of meeting family members, exploring towns and villages, eating sugar cane … and … i now have officially de-feathered a chicken. that’s just a whole new kind of experience.

this week i’ll be updating about our trip and also sharing some thoughts from the girls on ways you can pray for their villages. for now above are some photos from noma’s home in serowe, botswana and our time in zimbabwe…

five girls on a trampoline

February 22, 2011


























last night the girls and i headed over to the turners for dinner. we also got to see the wints – serving in zambia – who are heading home from joburg where they just welcomed their new baby boy and little brother, matthew! these girls – taylor and madylanne are THE cutest and are such friends. they’re three and they have conversations with each other like forty year old women. it’s the best. so thankful for these kind families with cute kids!