Once again, we started off this morning with breakfast at the Mack home. Tracey Murphy led a short devotional based on Ephesians 2:8-10 & Hebrews 10:24-25. We were reminded that it is completely by grace that we are saved and our good works stem from that gift–they are not a repayment. We were also encouraged to continue loving, doing good deeds, fellowshipping together, and encouraging one another. We began our day with this in mind.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
We all went together to the baby home. While we were there, we got an update from the Drews about their life and ministry. They were administrating the baby home until just a few weeks ago. They are still in charge of running the intern program that happens at the baby home. They are also heavily involved with Together 4 Adoption. Britt, the new baby home administrator, told us some of her life story and gave us a tour of the building. There has been so much incredible improvement since last year. We were all very excited to see the changes that have gone on.
Donavan Drew telling us about his family and ministry
Tour Guide Britt telling us about the home
The ladies then split up into teams, about half of them got to be “mommy” for the day to one of the babies. The other half worked hard on painting a mural on one of the main walls. They all did a wonderful job. The men split up and did a number of jobs. One group went back to City Baptist Church to finish up what we started yesterday. Another group worked on applying a sealant/preservative to one of the brick walls that was leaking and deteriorating. A few guys set out to build/install shelves for the intern’s kitchen. The last crew got to destroy one of the bathrooms.
Some pre-paint stenciling
Elizabeth & Rachel excited about the mural
Kayla holding one of the babies
Taylor holding one of the babies
(We were asked not to post the babies’ names online)
Some of the guys working on shelves
In the middle of the work day, we all got together for lunch. We were blessed to hear testimonies of God’s protection and provision from three of the caregivers. All three of the caregivers that we got to hear from today are refugees. They have come on incredible journeys in order to find work to support their families. It is amazing to hear how God has kept them safe even through seemingly impossible situations. We were also able to bless them by giving them their own personal laptops! The women were very excited to receive them, especially because it will help some of their children with schooling. There are many things that we take for grated since we live such privileged lives. It is good to see someone who is so genuinely grateful. We have many things to be thankful for. We are very blessed.
The ladies just after receiving their laptops
After lunch, we all got back to work. The guys were able to finish up some projects and get started on some new ones. The ladies finished the mural and continued to love on the babies.
The bathroom before today’s work
The bathroom after today’s work
Elizabeth & Hannah were very excited about painting
Sarah playing with one of the babies
Taylor & Paula feeding some babies
We wrapped up in time to eat a quick dinner before breaking up into groups once again. The four groups went to four different ‘Gospel Communities’ which are basically home group bible studies. It is such a blessing to be able to go all the way to the other side of the world and to be welcomed and cared for as family. The body of Christ, both in America and in Africa, is incredible!
Randy Clark leading one of the groups in worship
Tomorrow is a planned ‘fun day’ for our team. We’re going to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. We get to go on a real African Safari! If you would join with us in praying that it would not rain, we would most definitely appreciate that!
Even though it is a fun day, please pray that we would be intentional about encouraging one another, showing the love of Christ to all we come in contact with, and serving self-sacrificially.
Just a fun/not so fun memory/nemesis