It’s hard to believe that tomorrow morning we will be boarding a plane and heading home. A bittersweet atmosphere has surrounded the team all day. This morning Mike Talley took the team for a tour of all of the different ministries of Living Hope. It was amazing to see the miraculous ways that God is using this organization. It was great to see all the different facets of their ministry so that we know what to pray for as we arrive home. At the end of the tour he presented each team member with a hand-made and hand-painted candle to remember our work here. It was a wonderful moment and many of the team members had tears in their eyes.
I am quite sure that no one wants to leave. All of our lives have been changed here and we have each encountered God in a new and radical way. I am excited to take my experiences home and share them with those that I love. I pray that the fire for God that has been lit or rekindled inside each of us on this trip will not fade as we leave. May we not forget what we have seen here, who we have met, and what we have done. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to journey to South Africa and serve Him here. He truly put together an amazing team and He has used us in some mighty ways here!
This afternoon we will return to Red Hill for the last time to say good-bye to the children that have captured our hearts. I cannot imagine how hard it will be to leave them behind and head for America. Please continue to pray for the people of Red Hill and the volunteers working with ACTS. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers throughout this journey that our team has been on! We look forward to seeing all of you soon!
P.S. A little piece of excitement- J.J., Crystal, Liz, and I all rode camels yesterday afternoon! It was probably one of the most fun and adventurous things I have done on this trip (besides eating all of the strange food)!!
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