This Blog is LONG overdue!

Okay - so time really did get away from me! Holy Cow! It's September! My girls are settled back into school - a junior and a freshman in High School - wow! Where did the time go? Fall is here and summer is gone (well, the summer heat is still here in Southern Cal!) With the house quiet, I've had time to reflect on the past few months and I want to share some highlights!

The biggest event was that our family went back to South Africa in June to celebrate the opening of the Hambanathi Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Center in the Mduku community near the AndBeyond Phinda Game Reserve. This was an amazing experience to say the least - a 5 hour celebration in a red & blue circus tent! The community leaders were all there - the tribal chief, some elders, and many of the volunteeers. A group of Pre-schoolers from the nearby school came and sang to us.

A local artist shared a meaningful painting he had made for us. The community prayed and sang joyful songs for us. It was humbling. The celebration was followed by a meal shared in the church. The OVC is beautiful! There were still a few finishing touches to be made but the volunteers and children would be utilizing the building soon.