Hogsback Mountain

Hogsback Mountain
Hogsback Mountain Wilderness

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Show and Tell... South Africa Style

In February we were blessed with the opportunity to share "our" (we are getting rather attached) beautiful South Africa with Luci's sister, Kathy and her husband Kevin for a couple of weeks.  We have grown to love the land and the people so very much, so it was hard to decide which few treasures we could share with them while they were here.  So we took them on a whirlwind journey...a treasured memory shared by sisters.

While still suffering from jet lag (after their 36 hour flight) we threw them in the back of our cars and drove seven hours to the delightful beach side community of Knysna, to visit and support a fledgling congregation.  

Kathy worked with the Young Women's president and the girls quickly wormed their way into her heart.

Then on to Cape Town to sample a taste of the excitng events that take place in the SACTM Mission Home.

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Lunching with the missionaries, with eight new "greenies" that had just arrived that morning.
Walking in the serene Kirstenboch Gardens
Capturing the stunning views from Table Mountain.
A quick snapshot of Table Mountain from Signal Hill.
After a 24-hour "fire-hose" tour of Cape Town we took a quick flight back to East London for a bit of rest and relaxation at our Gonubie flat.

Sharing friendships with some of the dear people we love...
Asanda with son, Neo who cried when he had to go back to his Mama.

A gift of love from Sister Magibesela.

Chatting with Mama Keya, Relief Society President.

Meeting Lihle Lalendle, a soon-to-be-missionary, 
that stole their hearts with his smile.

A day with the majestic African Animals...up close and personal.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Never Bored

Mdantsane Zone Conference

One of the blessings of our mission is the wide variety of activities, experiences and responsibilities we participate in within a short few days or sometimes hours.  We fly from one amazing experience to another, often without a moment to catch our breath in between.  We may start our day with a walk on the beach, then run to assist the young Elders with haircuts or car problems, then spend a few hours to volunteer with the students at the Phakamile school or chauffer the visiting authorities from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spend the day on a safari or participate in a missionary training Zone Conference.  Sprinkled throughout the day is the blessing of interacting with the beautiful people of Mdantsane and distributing our Fowers family gift bags to the children of the community.  As we reflect at the end of a long, cram-packed day, it is impossible to identify the highlight. Each experience enriches and blesses our lives.  

Join us for a picture walk through our past two weeks in the South Africa, Cape Town Mission...

Walk along Port Alfred Beach
Elder Fowers and the Phakamile Students
Elders Clearing the School Garden Spot
 Elder Ochoa, Fowers, Pres. & Sister Renlund, Elder Richardson
A special day with visiting authorities.
Safari with Authorities

African White Lion

Jesus Loves Me

Gift Bags for Neighborhood Children

Late Afternoon Walk on Chintsa Beach