These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” hosea 6:3
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. — 2 Corinthians 3:18 (via kole-ala)
When surf competitions are in town, we get to work at them to raise money for the programs here. This week is Hurley Junior Champs. (Taken with Instagram)
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photo via Megan Bennett
people in the township are terrified of dogs and understandably so.
it seems like half the dogs here are mean and roaming wild.
to begin afternoon lessons, we walk the kids from our new surf garage to the beach. each time on our walk we read a scripture and talk about it together on the way to the sand.
a HUGE, unleashed German Shepard happens to live right on our path. our group will be in the middle of having a sweet heart chat, and this intimidating dog will lurch out barking at us, striking panic into the whole group. it’s honestly terrifying and we all pretty much freak out.
one of my favorite moments this week was on thursday. megan and i had our group of girls, along with several curious street kids of all ages who we seem acquire on our walks to the beach.
megan and i gave each other the worried eye, seeing that the dog was in the distance. immediately we got the idea to begin singing. to our surprise, we found a song the kids had heard before.
next thing we knew, we were leading a group of kids, big and small through the streets of Jeffreysbaai singing “Lord, We Lift Your Name on High” All of the sudden, this sweet little boy who was holding my hand and who had not really spoken a word all day, also began softly singing along.
the dog didn’t even lift his head at us as we walked by.
there was just something really cool about that moment. i think it is burned in my brain forever.
my second favorite moment happened yesterday. it was our first day off in 2 weeks.
7 of us hopped in the back of a truck and drove to a river that was nearby for a hike.
there were cliffs and really deep caves to explore, dolphins and whales. the river had created a pool of fresh water that was held back by rocks looking over the ocean. it was a natural infinity pool. we jumped off rocks into the ice cold water.
it was ABSOLUTELY the perfect day.
I can’t believe all the things God has given us to explore. His heart & ways included.
today was the best day ever. 8 girls came to surf lessons. water was warm. sun was hot. megs gave a devo on romans 12 & we all hung out laughing on the beach for so long.
this is Zungi, she is a serious gem (photo cred @vanessavanzyl)
We got a garage space in the township area where kids can meet us for surf lessons, tutoring etc. We spent all day fixing it up. Now our kids have a place in the community to meet & find us everyday! Before this space we had to haul ALL of the equipment and people each day to the beach for courses. And we only have one tiny car, so driving logistics became a nightmare. Now we can keep everything in this space, and the kids can find us easier. Already two kids showed up and hung out with us because the school bus never came today. (unfortunately, this is not uncommon) sometimes the bus the school system provides wont show up for a couple days and the nearest public school is the next town over. Now kids can come hang at Aleph, get tutoring, surf lessons and gospel-centered life skills courses. (Taken with Instagram)