Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hiking with daddy

Brent and Bradyn recently went for a hike. This boy loves and looks up to his daddy so much...thankful for a husband who is a great example to his son. 

A boy and his dog

daddy and son

Their view from their hike

A boy who adores his daddy

Family visit

We were so blessed to have Brent's mom and dad (aka Grammy and Grandad) and our niece Noa come for a 1 1/2 week visit in August. Having family come and see where we live and what we do is so encouraging to us and I think it puts their minds at ease as well. Noa is just 3 months younger than Taylor and she had so much fun seeing Africa for the first time. What an adventure we are on and we are thankful when family comes to join us!
Welcoming them at the Johannesburg, South Africa airport
We started our adventure at the Lion Park in Hartebeesport, South Africa
Feeding Giraffes
All that food made him thirsty

Petting baby lions
 We then went to Bela Bela, South Africa to Warmbaths Forever Resort and enjoyed their warm pools and water slides

We then drove to Pilanesburg National Park near Rustenburg, South Africa and stayed at Bakubung Lodge. We had such a wonderful time doing game drives and seeing God's creation. 

Kiddos with a lion right behind them 
Our lion friend up close via a zoom lens

Grammy and Grandad with the grandkids

Elephants coming out of the water from a swim

Rhino drinking
 We then brought them back to Botswana to see our life here and to do ministry with us. 
Grammy sows these bags and brings them to distribute
to kids in need and put toiletries/school supplies in them

Noa helping distribute

All the kids from sunday school 

They also joined us for our Friday children's ministry.
We had 100 kids...yikes!

Handing out goodies at the end

Bokaa dam sunset

Roasting marshmallows for some smores...yum!!

We also celebrate all the birthdays missed and sing
Happy Birthday to everyone

And why not throw in some sparklers!!

Wedding-Jones and Botsalano

We were so happy to celebrate the wedding of two dear friends-Jones and Botsalano (Boat-sah-lah-no) on August 6, 2016 in Maun, Botswana. This couple has pursued God and God has brought them together. What a blessing and a beautiful day, and Brent had the privilege of preaching at their wedding. This is a picture of Christ and His love for the church. Congrats, Jones and Botsalano!!

The bride and groom

Jones and his groomsmen taking a selfie

Botsalano in her traditional outfit throwing the bouquet

Brent also got to preach at Maun Baptist Church Sunday morning

Saturday, July 9, 2016

IWC Botswana 2016

We just hosted our first IWC (International World Changers) team. Cool Spring Baptist Church in Virginia sent 14 high school students and 4 adults to come minister alongside of us here in Botswana for a week. We started the week by doing 3 days of VBS and prayer walking/evangelism in the areas where the kids come from. We then took a rest day and went on safari. The team then drove 2 hours out to the village of Ditshegwane where their church from Virginia has helped plant a church by sending people 2-3 times a year to this village. We ended the week with a youth day. What a great team this was!!

Prayer Walking and Evangelism
VBS-playing games with a parachute


VBS skits

VBS-arts and crafts

VBS-arts and crafts

VBS-jump rope

VBS-arts and crafts

125 kids on our last day of VBS
The IWC team with interpreters

Friday, July 8, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday, Taylor!

On June 29 we celebrated Taylor's 9th birthday. She chose the theme of mismatch clothes and crazy hair and she invited her WHOLE class. We had 24 kids total show up and we had a great day with many games and prizes for the craziest mismatch clothes (Krissy) and Hair (Taylor).
Crazy Hair kids

Krissy won the best mismatched outfit

So Taylor would not let me dress up but her
Aunt Torie went all out :)

Tay and friends

Game: Get the oreo from your forehead to your mouth without us
using your hands

Game: Who can chew up the chappie (gum) the fastest and blow a bubble

Pinata time

Opening gifts

Who can have a party without impromptu dancing :)
Happy 9th birthday, Taylor!!