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South Africa: Day 4

Today began bright and early at 6:45am, which is when we left to make our way to the local schools in Hammanskraal. We broke up into three teams and each went to a different school, where we had about 10 minutes to speak in front of the entire student body before classes started. The HOG staff hoped we would use that time to engage the students, describe their ministry, and share the gospel. With the language barrier, the early hour, the large gathering, and the brevity of our time there, it was challenging and stretching in a very good way! At each school, the students began with several songs that they sang for us. This was a gift and a highlight!

After the school visits, we went back to our hotel for a late breakfast and then spent several hours on home visits. Larry delegated each of us a point person for one home visit, and we did exactly enough visits for each of us to lead a dialogue. The individuals we met ranged from mature believers to non-Christians to those who have fallen out of a healthy spiritual lifestyle. We prayed with two to receive Christ and with several others to encourage them in their faith.

In the afternoon we visited Hope of Glory and met the kids. Words cannot describe our fullness of joy as we hugged, teased, sang, dance, laughed, and played with the kids in the short time we had with them today. These children are so very beautiful; their huge smiles and innocent laughter stole our hearts. They loved us before they even knew us, sticking to us like glue, petting our hair, and holding our hands. It was in many ways the easiest part of our adventure so far, and we can't wait to see the tomorrow. We plan to share a Bible story with them and play a few organized games. And though they don't know it, YOUR gifts have filled two HUGE duffle bags and will bless them throughout the year!

Unfortunately, I may not be able to update the blog in the days to come due to our limited internet access - though I will make my best effort. :-) Stay tuned!

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