Blessed Experiences

Some things that have recently blessed and enriched my experience in Cape Town:

Painting at Manenberg

A couple weeks ago the seventeen of us went to Manenberg Primary School to help with a massive painting project. We spent a few hours covering the school (as well as ourselves and the children) in beautiful pastel colors – blue, purple, green, orange, and yellow. The young mischievous students delighted in stealing our paintbrushes as we chased them playfully around the schoolyard. Their huge smiles and strong embraces captured perfectly, the childlike nature that Christ calls us to cultivate!

"Sundowners" at Cliffton

Cliffton beach…the picturesque destination for a sunset! Several of us joined a group from Jubilee Community Church for the “Sundowners” event last Friday. We loaded into a stuffy overcrowded bus and headed down to the coast on windy roads that traversed the beautiful mountain slopes. We frolicked through the sand, splashed through the bitter-cold water, and shared in a wonderful meal together as the sun descended behind the mighty rocks on the horizon.

The Old Biscuit Mill

Old Biscuit Mill – rather than a factory for stale bakery goods, this eclectic market is a bustling hub for the sale of South African specialties. In celebration of Elora’s birthday, we indulged in but a small portion of the strange yet scrumptious delicacies, organic foods, and delectable desserts!

Soccer Fans Blowing Their Vuvuzelas!

On Saturday, we had the privilege of attending a heated soccer match between the Kaizer Chiefs and the Santos at the Athlone Stadium. As we took our seats, the loud and raucous sound of vuvuzelas flooded our ears. (A vuvuzela is a large plastic horn characteristic of enthusiastic South African soccer fans). Supporters from both teams wore bright jerseys, face paint, and homemade hats and horns to impart their emphatic exhilaration and pride!

Opening of the Blomvlei Library

We attended the opening of Blomvlei Library in Hanover Park, an extremely crime-laden community in Cape Town. Equal Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the quality of education in disadvantaged communities, was responsible for obtaining all of the books for the library. We were invited to the opening by Themba, an employee at Equal Education who was instrumental in helping Noah establish Masiyile’s library last semester. It was a wonderful ceremony comprised of several speeches, the singing of the national anthem by the school children, a spiritual dance, and a flag raising. It was astonishing to learn that 92% of schools in South Africa do not have libraries, and among those that do, many are ill-resourced and under-utilized. This library now places Blomvlei in the “advantaged” 8%…I am becoming increasingly aware of (and overwhelmed by) the sad realities that plague the African education system.

Yesterday, we went to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and were blessed to see an outdoor concert. As we spread out our blankets on the sloping hill and took out our picnic dinners, the mighty mountain cast a protective shadow upon us. We shared in a wonderful time of music, food, and fellowship!

Concert at Kirstenbosch

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mallory aka Your Sister
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 23:45:34

    Remember that God is a friend. So keep all your secrets from Him to yourself until He lets you reveal them.

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  2. Mallory aka Your Sister
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 23:48:46

    Matthew 6:6, 16-18 & Isaiah 58. I encourage to pray and fast because the Bridegroom and King is coming to Judge the world. Matthew 9:15

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  3. Mallory aka Your Sister
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 23:52:32

    Oh so I was in the prayer room today and the song “Dove eyes” by Misty Edwards came on and instantly I thought of you! Keep your eyes on Him, the prize and He will bless, protect, and love you all the days of your life. Pslam 24:7 Mediation verse for the Prayer room at Lee. 4 One thing I ask of the LORD this is what I desire to dwell at the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in his temple.

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  4. Robin
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 17:23:51

    A-lyssy Lou – how are you? LOL Think about you everyday and pray for you!! I check your website each week.

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