THINGS THAT COME IN GROUPS OF SIX!!

This picture was taken in my first week or arriving in Cape Town in May 2008.

This picture was taken in my first week or arriving in Cape Town in May 2008.

The group of locals from Zimbabwe that I have had the pleasure of working with! Such a great group.

The group of locals from Zimbabwe that I have had the pleasure of working with! Such a great group.

One of the many photos of the group of Life Skill Educators I get to work with!!

One of the many photos of the group of Life Skill Educators I get to work with!!

I have been spending some time the last month thinking about the number 6. Thinking about things that come in groups of six, which include donuts and soda….two things that are definitely not good for me! The number 6 also shares the amount of time I have spent in South Africa. This was going to be a one-year adventure that I was going to do and then go back to my “normal life.” What I did not know was that South Africa was going to become my normal life. I remember being this girl who really didn’t do much alone and couldn’t even stay in my house alone at night… to becoming a girl that lives clear on the other side of the world and has travelled to 4 different African countries since moving here in 2008.

As I think about this past year one big thing that sticks out to me has been my travel to Zimbabwe. This year I have had the chance to visit three times, the last two trips made all by myself! The idea of getting to go to new areas and help train, educate, and mentor locals in children’s ministry is just unbelievable and something that six years ago when I said yes to the call to South Africa never knew that doing traveling and training outside of Cape Town was going to be a part of it.

This past year has also begun a time of trying to make sure to take care of myself more to be able to serve for as long as God sees fit. God is showing me it is ok to spend time alone and to do things for myself. Again this from a girl who never liked to be alone before, this is a big idea that God is really working with me on!

Doing life and ministry here is something I can’t explain but to say it is LIFE CHANGING! As well as to say that EVERY DAY I am here I feel so blessed that God called me to move to this beautiful place in the world and serve alongside some amazing talented locals!!!!!!!

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