Derrick, who has been a missionary with Samaria Mission for over 15 years, lives in the Malamulele area. He and his family have not had electricity to the house yet and they have been promised a line for YEARS. They do have a generator but fuel is high so they are not able to use it often. Mark has wanted to help Derrick. Back in November Mark had shared the need with our cell group for Derrick to get a solar panel, battery and lights. At the end of the evening we had been given a solar panel and the funds to get everything else needed. We were so thankful that the Lord provided! In December, our family along with the Hixon family, headed to Derricks house and spent the day installing the lights and solar panel. It was a great day for sure!
After lunch, Sarah took me for a walk through the village and showed me damage from a storm that had come through the village a few days before. Several houses and buildings had been damaged and they were grateful that they did not have any major damage to their house.
|Derrick and Sarah's house|
|Luke was a little sleepy on the way home from Malamulele.|
We were also able to take a four night holiday (vacation) to Maduma Boma. We were so grateful The Lord provided for a much needed time away as a family. Here are a few pictures from our trip. On the way to Maduma Boma, we drove through the Blyde River Canyon in the Mpumalanga province. We drove what is called the Panorama Route. It was a beautiful drive. Some areas close to what they call God's Window were so foggy we couldn't see five feet in front of us. We were not able to stop at the Pinnacle or God's Window on that drive but we did manage to stop there on the way home a few days later. It was still foggy but we were able to out and walk the path. They say on a clear day you can see Maputo, Mozambique from this look out point.
One of our first stops was the Bourke's Luck Potholes.
Next - Three Rondavels and the Sun Dial
Our day in Kruger ...
after fishing back to the chalet for a swim ... Mark enjoyed having a pool larger than a two liter bottle for a few days :)
Once we left God's Window and drove a while the fog lifted and it was a beautiful day. This is called Berlin Falls.
Christmas Eve Luke posted two pictures on his Instagram ... he said "mowing instead of shoveling snow"
and "swimming instead of making a snowman"