Joel in South Africa – Mission Update Part Two

Joel's second update on his mission trip to South Africa
3rd May 2017
As the Easter holidays began, our projects stopped because almost all of them were based inside schools. So we did a holiday club for high school kids where we played games, danced and had a sports day. Most of the team got involved with this. The dance session went particularly well. I led a ‘joke’ dance class of all of my shocking moves then asked if anyone would like to show us their dancing. What was incredible is there was a self taught dance group of three boys who were incredible and gave us a good show. We also started an agriculture project which will grow vegetables to be sold to a local private school. The money will then be invested into kids who don’t have a good education. As well as this we have had to do a heck load of admin for our debrief which is 24th – 26th April. We then fly home on the 27th.

As a team we have had struggles such as one of the SA guys needing counselling as they are finding it hard being away from their twin. We have also had disputes with our coordinator (our next point of contact above our team leader) who has been incredibly insensitive to someone in our team who suffers with depression and another who gets panic attacks. On the whole the team gets on well and as a team we have been to church for a sunrise service and Easter Sunday. We also travelled to Durban to go to the beach and the markets which was incredible and gave me an opportunity to get some souvenirs for the family. Some of us also went to Phezulu Safari park which had giraffes, wilderbeast, springbok and zebra. I can’t tell you how surreal it was to see them with a view of the Valley of a Thousand Hills in the background, very mooi (beautiful in Afrikans).

Prayer points:
The team works well for our last week to be effective in our work
For those in placement who are finding the experience challenging and wish to go home
Those who have suffered as a result of crime whilst volunteering
My toe which just today I have pretty badly cut and is keeping me up (typing this at 03:40) in pain.

Lots of love! Hopefully see you soon!