Hello everyone. Here is a little insight into my life. I'm beyond excited to be out here in South Africa serving together with my wife. Being out here has been a life changing experience for me. I wake up every day just ready to teach these kids to swim. Before we started our first lessons we prayed that this swimming pool would be a healing place for these kids. Since we started our lessons, this pool has been an healing place not just for the kids but for me and my wife too. We love what we do and we enjoy teaching swimming to these kids. We see that a lot of them want to learn how to swim but they are so afraid of the water. I had a 6 year old girl that she was so scared of the water that I had to help her get in. I carried her in and when she got in the water she threw her arm around my neck and literally almost pulled my beard off. I told her to let go of my beard and not to worry that I will hold her while she's swimming. It took this little girl 5 minutes to let go of my beard. I smiled the whole time even though I was in pain, I kept a straight face. I told her to hold on to the wall, I turned my back towards her and that's when it really hit me and I was telling myself " It's time to shave"....lol. We attend this great church here in Franschhoek that Jeff and Joan Smith told us about before we came out here and its called Shofar. We met Pastor Yannis Acavalos the first day we went there. The service was great and we feel like we've been going here for a long time. We talked to Yannis for a bit and we asked him about joining a small group while we're here. He told us that he will pray to see which small group would fit us better and that he will have someone contact us the next day. We got an email, text message and a phone call from one of the small group leaders named WP. He picked us up for small groups and we had a great time together, we met so many great people that night whom now we call friends. We got invited to go on a hike with them and we had a blast. My wife already posted about that.
I got invited to attend a Shofar Men's Camp about 2 weekends ago. I thought it would be a great idea to go and connect with men of God. I rode up with a gentleman name Wessel and his twin sons James and John. We also had one of the guys from the church named Ricardo drive with us, here is a photo of us:
Wessel took us along the scenic route to get to our destination. It was a beautiful ride and we all chatted on the way up there. We arrived to our destination and we started setting up our tents. I didn't have a tent or a sleeping bag but I was told not to worry, they would supply one for me. Ricardo had a big two sided tent so he stayed in one and I used the other one. I got to meet more men from the shofar church and we had a great time chatting. We had our first session that Friday night and it was amazing. There were about 600 men there that weekend. Some of the men brought their sons. I thank God that I got to be a part of this Men's Camp. God showed me a lot of things. My calling is to be on the mission field serving Him. On our last night during worship, we were asked to go outside and just look up to the sky and just worship him. I've never seen so many stars and I've never worshiped like that ever in my life and it was beautiful. The stars were beautiful. I felt the presence of God that night and it was amazing. I had a great time fellowshipping with so many great men of God. Here are some more shots from the weekend:
I always hear people talking about "living on faith". Well we have been living on faith for almost 2 months. All of this is voluntary so we don't get paid for it and since I had to quit my job to come here we have no income coming in. I thank God and I praise him everyday for providing for us and giving us great friends who have supported us since day one. Before we left He said not to worry that he will take care of us and He has. God is Great and he's been an amazing provider, protector and an AMAZING FATHER. We don't have a 15 year , 10 year or even a 5 year plan. We PLAN to serve God anywhere and any way we can.
Joshua 24: 15
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”