After class two boys who had been swimming with me asked if we could come watch them play rugby the following week and asked if we were coming back- it just melted my heart! I asked them to say their name and what they liked about swimming. Here's their little clip:
The teachers invited us for tea during their break so we were able to walk with the students back to the school, where the following took place:
I could have taken videos for hours, these students were so excited to share that they could swim and how much they loved it!!
We continued teaching throughout the day, we had 4 classes after our break. Here is a video of one of our students, Rebecca. She was extremely fearful of the water when we first started and would barely put her face in. This was her first time in the deep end (almost 10ft) and she shined!
Here is a quick video of our Grade 5 beginner students. When I say beginner, I mean some of them wouldn't even suit up for the first class, and when they finally did get in the pool, it was a challenge just to keep them in the water.
I am so humbled that God has done so much through our obedience to Him, I am completely blown away! I sobbed while writing this post, I stopped halfway through I was crying so much and completely at a loss for words. I cannot thank God enough for His goodness, His provision and His love. We could not have done this without Him, there is NO WAY i could possibly have this much love in my heart without him. Thank you to Jeff and Joan Smith and King's Swim Academy for sending us. Thank you for praying for us and encouraging us- no comment or "like" went unnoticed! Thank you to our few financial supporters who gave generously to help us serve these children and this community, we cannot say thank you enough!!
This is not the last of our posts, there is still so much that happened that we have yet to write and more that we still need to process. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we prepare to come home and reengage in the Bay Area. We are excited and look forward to continuing to work together at King's Swim Academy San Mateo! At this time we are still trusting God for a place to live, we know that He will provide as He always has. We have had a few housing possibilities, but nothing we have gotten the OK from God for. We are looking forward to our last few days here in South Africa, then we fly home through London, where we will spend 6 days with our dear friends.
Whatever you do today, share love! Love God. Love your kids, love your wife or husband. Love your family. Love someone else's kid. Share love with people who you think don't deserve it, they probably need it most. Hug someone. Smile at someone. Be thankful for everything you have, even if times are tough. It truly is better to give than to receive.