Saturday, May 31, 2008

We are alive - VERY ALIVE!!

I dislike starting this post with an apology but feel I must - internet is Swaziland isnt like internet in the States. With that being said, tonight is absolutely the first time we have had access to any communication to home. Jumbo graciously brought me to his office in Manzini to make this post.
Please know that every single person is good, no, great! Also know that everyone has so much to say just after a couple of days. All the girls on the team are fine. The adults are good, as well. We have seen some unbelievable things after the full day at the Thulwane Carepoint today. We have also met some real-life Hero's. Really. Please continue to pray for all of us and know that your support of us is truly taken to heart.
We love each one of you! God Bless!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Arrival in Amsterdam!

Tired and a little stiff, we have arrived in Amsterdam! Everyone is in really good spirits and the twinkle is very bright in al 36 eyes! Of course, the younger pups are bouncing off the walls and the old goats are dragging up the rear. It is 8:45 am Wednesday morning local time. We will depart in just a little while for Johannasburg. The second leg of our flight will be about 11 or 12 hours, I think.

Just to let you know what a fantastic group we have - there have been countless encounters with complete strangers where we have been able to share our faith, what the mission is and how GOD IS SO GOOD! We have met people from all over the world and actually linked up with some short-term missionaries from Georgia who are headed to East Africa and a gentleman who was born in Iran who is now a US citizen. He is going home for the first time to share the love of Jesus with his family. Please pray for him - he is scared to death.

Seeing all of the 'world' in this airport has given us a great sense of pride in our heritage and our roots. It makes us miss home even more. Thank you all for your support and prayers. And the comments after these posts are a HUGE hit with everyone - you can imagine everyone huddling around the laptop when we can get a faint signal...

Please forward the link to this blg to anyone and everyone. We covet all of the prayers. NOTE - we are keeping a very close watch on everyone with our group. We look like a box of redworms walking thru the airport!

We love ya'll and can't wait to do the business we are here to do. God Bless each of you and we hope you are resting peacefully.

Your Swazi Team

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Arrival in Atlanta

We made it to Atlanta at almost 1 a.m. local time. I think most everyone was tired but in a cheerful mood. Our plan is to eat breakfast (continental) here at the hotel and depart for the airport at around 11 a.m. Our flight is around 4 p.m. but we have alot of bags to check and we will go through customs so the extra time may be needed.

The notes that were in everyone's 'handmade' backpack were a HUGE hit! Our team feels valued and missed. We also feel the overwhelming support of our circle of friends and family at home. Thank you all so much for your support, prayers and encouragement!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

This is them. This is who we will get the awesome opportunity to share with. We don't know what the next couple of weeks will show us. We do know that we are supposed to go. We do know that we are supposed to share. We do know that our lives will change - we accept and look forward to His plans!
Thank you all for your prayers and support of this campaign!

And.... We're off!

While we are unsure of whether we will have full access to the internet or not, we will make every effort to give updates in a timely fashion. Feel free to check back just about anytime - remember - we are 7 hours ahead!

We pray that God will bless and protect each of you, as He does us and those we will encounter on this campaign. Thank you so much for your support! We are all a big team!