Mark and I were able to pick up our sending church, PaulAnn, at the airport on July 13th. Yup, Mark got to celebrate his birthday in Joburg and drive the team on the bus back to Polokwane. (I have to say that my man did a great job driving the bus! So proud of him.)
Mark and I had a plan to pick up the team and save money on parking (a few hundred Rand!). I would go in to wait for the team and then I would call him when we were ready to come out and he would meet us outside to pick us up. It worked great! Although, I will say I was NOT ready for the reaction I had when I saw our church team come through security at the airport. I had been enjoying an hour of people watching and then totally gave the other people some great entertainment as I broke down sobbing as each of the team members came out and hugged me. This was the first time we had seen each other since Jill went to be with the Lord in May. I just have to say it was an emotional few moments. Then I managed to get myself together and take pizza orders, call Mark and we were on our way out of the airport!
The team spent Sunday in Polokwane which meant we got to host them for breakfast and dinner at our house on Sunday and breakfast again on Monday before heading to Xigalo.
This was our second time this season to take a team to Xigalo. In June we were there with the Christ Seminary Outreach. PaulAnn was excited about the opportunity to serve alongside Aaron. For the last several years he has served as one of the translators with this team in Mozambique. Pastor Aaron is working hard and desires to reach the people of Xigalo for Christ!
|hut to hut|
|Julia, Annah, Alicia and Grace|
|praying before heading to the school|
|Brit and Ben leading a song|
|Sydney and Kim giving their testimonies (Aaron translating)|
|One of the team members, Brad, shared the Gospel|
|Luke busy face painting - he is concentrating!|
|Brit was helping with the 3 legged race|
Jim, from First Baptist Carlsbad, TX
Kimberly Skiles, Paul Ann Baptist Church serving in Xigalo