Hogsback Mountain

Hogsback Mountain
Hogsback Mountain Wilderness

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Random Sampling

The richness of our opportunity to be missionaries is enhanced by the wide variety of activities and experiences that come our way each week.  One day we might guide a missionary's family to a rural school to present donations to the children.  The next we are at the airport sending off a missionary from our local ward because he has no family to join him on that momentous day.  The following day may bring the crazy activities of "transfer day" with 20 new Elders arriving in the South Africa Cape Town Mission and many others moving to new locations; so we could spend our day at the airport as the welcoming committee.  We may volunteer at the Phakamile School's cultural fair selling traditional foods at a fundraising event.  Quite often we meet the other senior couples that are serving in our area for some grand new adventure.  These are all sandwiched between our regular missionary responsibilities to teach and reach out to those that have lost their way.  

Following is a random sampling of some of the experiences we have had during the last month.  As you can see, we are never bored and greatly enriched by these opportunities.

Assisting Elder McDonald and his family as they make  donations to Silverdale School, an impoverished rural school:
McDonald Family and Principal Mpine with Students

Presenting a gift of school supplies to each child.

Happy day for Silverdale students.


Preparing lunch of boiled corn meal and sour milk.

Saying goodbye to Elder Lihle Lalendle, a 26-year old young man who joined the church one year ago who is leaving for his mission to Zimbabwe with no family to bid him goodbye: 

Elder Lalendle and The Fowers

Goodbye...Joining God's Army in Zimbabwe

Joining the our Phakamile School friends at their annual Cultural Day where we helped by selling traditional foods to raise money for future programs:

Dressing in traditional Xhosa dress.

Only 2 Rand for each boiled chicken foot

Traditional treats!

Phakamile Cultural Day.

Every six weeks we greet a new group of "Greenie" Elders at the airport during transfer day.  We serve as the welcoming committee and bring along snacks to get the missionaries through the day:

Waiting for Greenies.

Welcome to SACTM!

Missionaries leaving for their new areas.

God's Army!

We had close up and personal experiences the animals of Monkeyland and Birdland with another senior couple. The beauty and variety of His creations were amazing!

 Spotted Lemar (Close enough to touch!)

Too Cute!

 Ring-tailed Lemar with nursing babies.
Mr. Mischief

Monkeyland Suspension Bridge

 Chinese Golden Pheasant


Hyacinth Macaw

Weaver Bird and Nest

Kissing the Cockatoo

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