Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cool Spring Baptist Church-young adult team

We just finished hosting our 3rd volunteer team from our partnering church, Cool Spring Baptist Church in Virginia.

They went out to the village of Ditshegwane where their church has helped plant a church. They shared the love of Christ with so many

Sharing Jesus in the village of Ditshegwane

Eating some watermelon
They also did children's ministry at both Molepolole Baptist Church and Gaborone Baptist Church. 

Thank you Cool Spring Baptist Church for being the hands and feet of Jesus!!

IWC (International World Changers)-LSU

We just hosted our 2nd group of volunteers from LSU. They were an IWC (International World Changers) team and they mainly worked in Northern Botwana in Francistown and Sebina.  Literally thousands heard the gospel and many hearts were turned to Jesus. What a joy they were to have here in Botswana being the hands and feet of Jesus!
The team

Evangelism-"Go therefore..." 

Sitting under the tree sharing Jesus

Drawing "Two Paths" in the sand (Matt. 7:13-14)

Which path are you on? The wide or narrow path? There is only one
way to the narrow path...through Jesus Christ. Matt 7:13-14

Will you accept Jesus into your heart?

Sharing Jesus in the schools to thousands of kids

Virginia Tech BCM

We just hosted our first of many volunteers this summer, some members of Virginia Tech's BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries). They came to do children's ministry and evangelism in and around the city. We worked at Molepolole Baptist Church building soccer goals and doing a VBS program in the afternoons and also worked with the children's ministries at both Gaborone Baptist Church and Naledi Baptist Church. Several hundred kids heard the gospel and were certainly shown the love of Christ.
Thomas helping with a craft

Building the soccer goals
Molepolole Baptist Church

Daniel and the Lions Den craft

Main Mall trying Mophane worms

Evangelism at Main Mall

Naledi Baptist Church Saturday Chidlren's program.
Love seeing my girl love the peope here!

The team with our kids

Hiking Kgale Hill
Thank you for coming to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

Calm before the storm

Once a year, we go on a beach vacation to our closest beach which is 12 hours away called Durban, South Africa. We have come to love retreating there each year. This year we went with our friends the Scott's during the first week in May. It was a great calm before the storm as you will see in our next few posts as we have a load of volunteers coming.
Love that my boy writes my name in a heart in the long will I be his love?


Sweet friends

Biking the golden mile in Durban

Goodbye to sweet friends

Living life in a foreign land, it seems that we should not be the ones to have to say "goodbye" so much but it seems that lately life is filled with way too many hard goodbyes. Our great friends the Anderson's recently left and there is certainly a void there in our families life. Bradyn lost his best friend, Abe, and we all lost good friends that we hung out with often. 
Not sure which is worse...leaving or being left! Thankful though for the memories and season of friendships the Lord gives to each of us!
My Tuesday morning coffee and prayer group:
L to R: Amanda, Bonnie, Allison (our friend who left), Helen

Bradyn and his best friend Abe

Saying goodbye at the airport

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bradyn's surgery

If you know Bradyn, you know what a sweet, loving kid that he is and that doesn't change even when he is sick. Unfortunately he has been sick quite a lot in his 6 years with asthma and more times of strep throat than we can count. So the doctor decided it was time for those tonsils to come out. He was so brave through it all and is enjoying some yummy ice cream as he is recovering and lots of love from all of us. We look forward to having a much healthier boy in the future. Thank you for praying for him as he had surgery!!
Post Op

TLC from Daddy at home

Easter Rally

We just attended our annual Easter Rally where Baptists from all over Botswana come together for a weekend of worship, preaching, and fellowship. Amanda headed up the children's program for the weekend and much fun was had by everyone. We cherish this time with our Baptist brothers and sisters in Christ!

BGR School Kits-Calvary Baptist Church

We just completed our school kits for kids at the last partnering church in the village of Molepolole called Calvary Baptist Church. This was a project through BGR (Baptist Global Response) where we help children to have much needed school supplies for school. What a blessing it is to share the love of Christ in so many different ways!
Love seeing my kiddos give back

Camping in Pilanesburg

During the kids midterm break from school, we took a long weekend and went to Pilanesburg Game Reserve and went camping. This was a little more tame camping than what we did this past December and we didn't have any dangerous animals running through camp...just a few impala and zebra. It really felt like camping in the States and we were able to take the kids bikes and let them ride around the campground. Love making memories with my family.
Seeing some wildebeast

walking to a hide where we could see animals close up

Our amazing tent

water, water everywhere


lilac breasted roller