Saturday, March 12, 2011

Last week in South Africa

I spent the last week of my time in South Africa at a retreat on the Hartbeespoort dam near Johannesburg - the views from the retreat centre were magnificent:

The retreat was run by two lovely ladies, Jan and Mintie, and a wonderful staff from all over. This is the 3rd one of these retreats that I have been on and the first time I actually managed to get my picture with them:
The lovely mural which was in our meeting room and depicts Jesus on the shores of the Galilee was painted by Estelle and Elma (left):

There were 30 singles on the retreat (all ladies!) and we had plenary sessions in the morning and then free time in the afternoons.The theme of the week was the Beatitudes (from Matthew 5) and Jan who was the main speaker got those of us with different languages of the Bible to read it out in our language - either our mother tongue, or the language of the country where we are working. I didn't have my Serbian Bible with me, but I did have the Serbian translation on my computer so I copied that out so I could read it out (below). It was so nice to be able to hear God's word in languages from all over the world - including Cantonese!
We also had small group times in the evenings. I was in a great small group as is evident from the below photo :-)
Me, Isobel, Sonnika, Caroline and Janna
It was such a great way to transition from Cape Town to Banja Luka, and I am so glad that I ended up my time in South Africa in this way! 

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