Saturday, February 28, 2009

loads of kids...and old friends!

I had some friends and their kids over today and we had a blast. While the kids played in the double-storey playhouse my dad has made, we adults were able to enjoy a lovely time together outside. After that the kids all moved inside to play with the barbie house and we continued to enjoy the peace and quiet outside! Here is a pic of all the kids:There were 3 families represented, but I only got a photo with Bryan and Robyn Savides as they left early and then forgot to get a photo with the others... oh dear: This is them with their gorgeous girls, Georgia and Daniella:Bryan is battling with cancer at the moment and he is amazingly upbeat about it all, and it really doesn't seem as if he is going through all the stuff that he is going through. But if you can remember them in your prayers, I know they would appreciate it.

After they left we got busy in the pool: Here is Shaun with his 3 kids and Jess (who came with her mom Nichi while dad was busy) in her armbands. The older 3 all enjoyed the slide so much, while I held baby Kayla (as mom was home sick), it was very difficult to get them out! Kudos to Shaun for all the catching and swimming with all the kids, while Nich and I just watched!!
Despite the fact that Peter and Heidi couldn't be with us, the kids had a fantastic time, as did we!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Bosnian Dancing...

As I have promised to teach people how to do Bosnian circle dancing or "kolo" at my "Bosnian Evening" which is next Wednesday, I thought I better have a time when I can teach a few people ahead of time and a) practice how to teach and b) then have more people who "know" how to do the dances so they can help on the night!

So I asked whoever was available and wanted to learn to come together on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, it was really hot, so the "class" only lasted 20 minutes before all of us flaked out, but in that time I managed to teach the 6 people who came how to do the two dances I plan to teach on Wednesday night (and frankly the only two I know!!).

It was nice to have my minister, Mark, and his wife Wendy along with others from the church, but the biggest surprise of the evening was Andre (otherwise known as "Mr Grumpy" after one of the "Mr Men" characters and who was dragged along by his wife) - he got quite into the dancing and actually managed to do a passable job of it!

So, I am now looking forward to teaching at the Bosnian Evening, if even Andre enjoyed it!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another week gone by...

Time really does fly when you are having fun... This past week flew by as I was at the YWAM base sitting in on a school, sharing in cell groups, going to teas, watching the Cricket 20/20 finals (and we won!!) and preparing for the Mission Covenant services at my church which were yesterday. (and in between all that trying desperately to finish my Bible school assignments!)

One exciting happening was my first "geocache" hunt with GPS with my friends Keren and Nils. We went on Friday night and did a treasure hunt kind of one where you have to follow a trail of clues to find the actual geocache and it was great fun! We did get looked at funny by the ADT (security company) guys as we were standing with torches by a barbed wire fence trying to find the next clue and it did look pretty suspicious!

I love my church: we have one Sunday a year dedicated to the Missionaries supported out of our church. I am only there every other year, and in the off years I send in a powerpoint presentation. When I am here I always try to do something different. A couple of years ago I actually did it all in Bosnian and my good friend Keren "translated" it for me (she had a script guys!). The funny part was there were quite a few people that asked her if she really translated and one guy even asked her "but how did you learn the language so fast?"!!

Yesterday we did a drama to demonstrate the fact that we are often so caught up in our own world that we forget about the world out there. It is called "Conflicting voices" and worked really well. We had Martin reading the news from our church (all made up and completely purile) while 3 of us read the real news from other countries in the language of that country. So we had Dionne reading in Shona from Zimbabwe, Leslie (who along with her husband Martin, lived in Thailand for 14 years and they are now both serving the Lord in missions in Cape Town) speaking Thai and then me doing it in Bosnian. We read together - so the English was going at the same time as one of the languages (ie one at a time) and the translation was up on the powerpoint so they could read that.

Now in the morning service I had my script which I had translated into Bosnian and just read off that but in the evening I had been so busy getting everything else ready that I didn't realise that my script had been left at home until it was time for us to go on the stage. No time to get at least the English off the powerpoint: so what to do? Well, I must confess that I just spoke complete rubbish in Bosnian while trying to make it look like I was reading off a piece of paper as my script! But nobody can speak Bosnian so actually I don't think anyone even noticed I had done that!!!

And for my sharing this time, instead of rattling on about ALL the stuff I do: I just shared some stories of people who are affected by what I do and thus demonstrate some of what it is I do at the same time... (thanks to my Mom for the great idea) and I think it went really well!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

School of Field Journalism

I am attending classes this week at YWAM Muizenberg's "SOFJ" (it is all about the acronyms in YWAM/Youth With A Mission). This week is on "Writing for Missions" and it has been a great two days so far. One of the exercises we had to do today was just write as much as we could for 10 minutes and see what comes out: this is part of what I wrote and it sums up what I think of the week so far. Now I haven't edited it all, and looking through it now I would change a few things - but it is also quite good to see the "raw footage" so to speak! I hope you enjoy it:

What a blessing to just sit back and listen to Tim and Bryan {the speakers} and learn from them. God is showing me so much about Himself and reminding me what I am doing in Bosnia is all about Him and about bringing people to worship Him. Sometimes when you are in the midst of it all you forget the why: you focus on the task to be done, the what: and forget the why. And so it has been great to be able to remember the why while I am here. Also for God to be telling me more about why He wants me to be involved in writing and communication – it is not about the fact that I love writing and want to do it as it is something I enjoy – but it is about Him and bringing all the glory back to Him. It is about sharing the stories, bringing the glory back to Him. I am so excited about being a part of worshipping Him in this way.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


When I am in South Africa, I attend a cell group/bible study each week. We are going through "Hebrews" right now and so far it has been really interesting and good. Most people were there tonight and I had my camera, so I took some photos... The photos turned out really nicely so I decided to put them on my blog so you can see how handsome we all are:

Can you spot the difference? The guy with his wife's hair in the second photo is Nils-with whom I have been playing email scrabble for 9 years - we are on game 118 right now. His wife, Keren, and he run the cell group and are a major part of my prayer support team.

It really is so great to be a part of this crazy group while I am here!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Yolande's wedding and Hermanus

This past weekend, I was privileged to be able to go and be a part of my friend Yolande's wedding. I met her at a retreat for single missionaries two years ago and she only invited me at the last minute when there was some cancellations, but I was touched that she asked me so I decided to go. I was a bit apprehensive as I knew Yolande and no one else at the wedding, but God really provided some fun people to hang out with and I had a great time!

The wedding was at "Wortelgat" (which means "root hole" in Afrikaans), a Christian campsite on the other side of Hermanus, about 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town. I got a lift with two great girls and one of them was a bridesmaid and so when we arrived we went to help Yolande get ready, and it was a blessing to be a part of the "before" part and not just attend the ceremony!

The couple had wanted the wedding to be at Wortelgat because they had met there while working on the campsite together... And of course because it is a beautiful place: This is where the ceremony was held: (and yes the best men and groom, Jono, are wearing bright green t-shirts - very funky!)When she arrived her step-dad took her up to the ceremony and then she walked through the "canopy" of bamboo reeds to her dad who then gave her to Jono. Very special.
Pat, who runs the campsite, did the service and it really was a special time of just giving their marriage into God's hands:Here I am, grabbing a chance to take a picture with the lovely bride before they left...
The wedding couple left around 5ish and so many people who had traveled to be there from Cape Town went back the same day. A couple of us stayed on at the campsite so we could enjoy Hermanus the next day. I only met them at the wedding, but we had a great time on the Saturday night - carrying on the celebrating with the groom's parents and watching the most amazing thunderstorm! And then also on Sunday in Hermanus - which is a really beautiful place - before heading home together to Cape Town.

Here I am with Leana after we had swum in the very chilly ocean (it was 10degs C or 50deg F):We also had this amazing experience as we were standing very briefly in the waves: We were watching a seal who was hunting fish and swimming rather fast and then he almost bashed into us!! In fact some of the fish he was chasing did actually swim into Leana's leg - and the seal only managed to avoid us by turning at the last minute...within less than a metre of us...fantastic experience.

We then went walking along the beachfront walk that goes all along the coast there - through bushes: here are Victor and Leana: Leana was also the cellist at the wedding (she is amazing!) and is studying music at UCT.
And all along the beautiful coastline: Me with Victor, who is actually an American, doing post-graduate studies at the University of Cape Town.
It was a very hot day and we had to get out of the sun, so Leana says "let's go to my friend Stefaan's place and hang out on their stoep"... and even though there was no one at home, that is what we did! It was a perfect way to end the day - lying out and enjoying this fantastic view of the mountain: (but it was pretty bizarre to be sitting on these people's veranda without them being there!)
All-in-all I had a great weekend with people I only just met and just felt the blessing of spending time in God's glorious nature and also being able to be with special people on their special day.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Another week gone by...

I can't believe it has been a week since I last posted, how time flies when you are having fun! Besides keeping myself busy working on assignments for the School of Biblical Studies, and doing some catching up on my reading(so many English books, so little time)...I have also had a chance to catch up with some friends and have some fun!

I don't have pics of everyone or everything, but here is Jax and her lovely son Matt: We had a lovely morning together catching up:
And I was also privileged to be able to attend the service at the church and the tea arranged afterward for Matt and Clare's wedding- don't they make a gorgeous couple:
Besides that, I also participated in a "30 seconds" championship at my friend Helen's place and last night played a couple of "live" scrabble games with my friend, Nils. We play scrabble by email (we are up to game 117!), but it is nice when I am here to have a couple of games of live scrabble! I won't tell you who won - except that it wasn't Nils... :-)
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