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Giving Thanks

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We have a swimming pool. Well, our future home here (maybe next week) will have a swimming pool- yes, it is small and currently filled with debris, but it is still a luxury in a country that has spent over a decade in an increasingly dire drought. Needless to say, we will not be filling it with water any time soon. Cows are still dying here and the capital city not too far away only has a 20 day water supply remaining. Swazis have been asked to use chemical toilets when possible and here we are being asked if we’d like to use our pool. The weight of our relative wealth and privilege feels HEAVY. We want to give thanks for all the blessings God has given us, but that’s difficult when we feel guilty of having them in the first place. As we’ve been running around trying to navigate getting a house, electricity, aircon (A/C), a fridge, furniture, we have been mindful of being good stewards of the resources given by our supporters who have made it financially possible for us to be here. We know that we need certain conveniences to allow us time to do our jobs well, but it’s still a challenge shopping for a washing machine and refrigerator when we know so many Swazis here don’t even have electricity. In the states, it’s so much easier because, well, everyone has those things. Here, I feel embarrassed to let a Swazi see where we live, our “new” car, or…

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Rain, Rain, Come this Way!

By | Friends and Family, News and Updates, Personal Reflections, Swaziland | 6 Comments

Pouring rain, thunder, lightning, then… no power. No biggie, we feel super proud of ourselves for bringing headlights and solar-lamps! Then… a bit of disappointment when the lights go back on five short minutes later. We were excited to rough it! We were glad for even that half hour of rain, as the drought has been terrible here. Fields that should be green are crunchy with dead grass. It’s spring here, but instead of new life, over 12,000 cattle have died from starvation. We are glad to hear it may rain more in the next few days. Please keep Swazi weather in your prayers. We’ve now been here just over a week and have gotten so much more done than we expected. We were told that everything takes a lot of time here, so we feel blessed that we have been able to get a post box, buy a car, and sign a lease on a house. Of course, there are no set dates for when we will actually receive the car or move into the house 😉 We’ve also gotten to visit a few carepoints while they’ve had their Christmas parties. We are thankful for that distraction because before the festivities begin, they are pretty fascinated with Zach. They don’t get to see non-Swazi babies often (if ever), so they tend to swarm him and all want to hold and touch him. I’m glad they will make good playmates for him, but for now, I’ve been keeping him close as to not…

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel!

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We are so pleased to report that we are 89% fundraised for our monthly expenses and 100% for our startup funds! That means that if 20 friends supported us $25/month or only five at $100/month, we will be at 100% across the board! Would you consider helping us reach our goal with a monthly pledge? (or find out more about what we will be doing in Swaziland on our support page) God has been so faithful through this process, so we have no doubt we will meet our goal by the end of the month, even though it is less than two weeks away. Today and tomorrow, our home church, Capital, will be introducing us at all services to help us finish this fundraising strong. If we do meet our goal by September 30, we will be heading to Georgia for training the last two weeks of October, and will be on the ground in Swaziland the first week of November. Crazy! Thank you friends and family, for your support, encouragement and prayers. We would ask for your continued prayer for these next two weeks as we not only wrap up our fundraising, but also tackle logistics. Next week, Brandon and both our moms will be taking a road trip to Ohio to load some of our personal things on the shipping container which also brings much of the food for the Carepoints. I will be staying home with Zach to make travel easier for the others. Speaking of the little guy-…

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