One of our professors reflects on her time with the team in South Africa.


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Journey Teams: South Africa (3)

June 12, 2017

I’ve reflected my mission trip to South Africa and here are my top 10 highlights from our time of service:

1. Being greeted by the warm smiles and hugs of the students at Aurora Primary School. These children continue to express joy despite difficult life circumstances.

2. Feeling humbled by the example of hard work and faithful service of local missionaries. Neville and Veronica Walker and the teachers in the school pour their energy and love into the students’ lives. The students receive a high-quality education that provides them with life opportunities to end the cycle of extreme poverty.

3. Witnessed God’s vast creation in the African safaris. It was amazing to observe wildlife such as giraffes, elephants, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, and a lion in their natural habitat. The beauty and grace of these animals are locked in my memory.

4. Driving on the left side of the road and not killing anyone in the process.

5. Cooked for 15 people for most of the two weeks and did not give anyone food poisoning.

6. Ate kudu, springbuck, impala, crocodile, blesbuck and zebra meat. Chicken Cordon Bleu is rather a boring dish now.

7. Observing our LBC students take on the challenge to teach the Aurora Primary students with love and high expectations. Our team of 13 students spent a lot of energy preparing and reading the lesson plans on natural science. It was clear that our students want to give their best to God and to the Aurora students. One of our students responded with “Here am I. Send me!" and committed to four extra weeks of service at Aurora. It was very emotional and difficult to leave her behind, but I take great comfort knowing that she is being obedient to God’s call.

8. Watching helplessly from the back of my van when three elephants charged towards the other half of the team’s van. Thankful that my co-leader Bob and the team members were spared from harm.

9. Being aware of God’s care moment by moment. Two people broke into the property of our hosts’ home the night before we left and no one was hurt, and nothing was stolen. Most of the students slept through the commotion of the police investigation and flashing blue lights.

10. Experiencing Romans 8:38-39 and growing deeper in love with God.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


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