Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cape Town, At a Glance

Here's a little taste of my short term missions trip to Cape Town, South Africa! This isn't the only post; there's more to come! Enjoy, and if you have questions/comments, feel free to ask!
During the missions trip to Cape Town, the team did an intensive study on the book of 1 Peter. Our theme verse was 1 Peter 3:15. What I got the most out of this verse was setting apart Christ as Lord in my heart, thereby transferring all control and authority of my life over to Him, submitting to His Lordship over me. 
Fun place called Mama Africa in downtown Cape Town. The artwork was amazing, and the live band was fun to dance to :) 
Beautiful art depicting Table Mountain. I loved how no matter where I turned, I could see it!

Too bad all the baboons decided to disappear the day we went to see them! :(

Feeling exhilarated at Cape Point
It was so humbling for me to realize that I was at the southernmost tip of AFRICA! God brought me that far across the world!! Incredible.

On top of Table Mountain

The view was breaktaking! The climb up the mountain was so hard, but once I got to the top, it was SO worth it. Kinda like life...I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!
Kinda small and blurry, but Campus Crusade for Christ and Impact Movement joined together in Cape Town to share the gospel at University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, and Cape Peninsula University of Technology! Here's all of us together. 
Me and Lauren, a UWC student
UWC students dancing at the Cru & Impact going away function
Who better to face paint the South African flag than a South African? :) 
Four UWC students, one STINT person (in Cape Town for over a year), and two of us are Impact project students!
Lauren and I shared our faith together at Stellenbosch from day 1! It was so nerve-wracking that very first day, but God showed Himself strong in our weakness and we had some awesomely blessed conversations with both believers and nonbelievers alike. 
Cory (1), Keenan (4), and Chelten (5) with Igshaan and Grayson, the two students leading the Impact chapter at UWC. They are literally ON FIRE for God! Never met two guys so enthusiastic and bold in their witness of Jesus Christ on a university campus. 

Pravani and I! This woman is such a sweetheart and SO funny. Amazing testimony of being a former Hindu who converted to Christianity. Her family rejected her, but praise be to God, as of early this year they are now all believers! :) 
At this really cool outdoor buffet called Moyos. Me and the roommates, Chaneal and Njia. Love and miss them!
At Moyos Restaurant, doing Keenan's style dancing at the table, hehe.
The ladies went to Limnos Bakery for our first small group Bible study. This was a ridiculously good eclair. I ended up buying two or three more, and finishing them before we even left the bakery. Yes...that good...

Welp, that's all folks! More pictures and stories to come about my adventures in the beautiful country of South Africa! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Playing Catch-Up

It's been a while, I know. I disappeared for over a month, during which time I was in Cape Town, South Africa on a missions trip. God went to WORK on that trip, and moved in my heart and the lives of others in a way for which He clearly gets all the glory! 

Met a student at Stellenbosch University that was truly in love with the Lord and desired to see people on her campus come into a personal relationship with Jesus! God always leaves a remnant...
Holiday Club in Nkanini, Khayalitcha, one of several townships in Cape Town. This group is only the little kids; there was an entirely different (larger) group of older kids! Some of them accepted Christ! Aren't they beautiful!?
UWC was like the HBCU of Cape Town! (Shout-out to HU, the best HBCU in the US!) I loved this campus and all the people there! Sharing my faith on this campus was an experience I pray I'll never forget!
It was cool for us to be back in our Motherland! All of our different complexions, all the different places we're from, yet we all had the common bond as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, a bond that holds together people of all races and nationalities who accept Him as their Lord!
One of our final debriefs in Cape Town was about "re-entry stress," which in short involves what our reintroduction to American society would be like, especially for those of us (nearly all of us!) who'd never been out the country before. It has definitely been an adjustment for me, and I miss the team and the people I met in Cape Town a TON, but I'm so thankful God allowed me to have the experience of fulfilling His Great Commission on the other side of the world. Our God is an INTERNATIONAL God! How great He is. :) 

The team at Dulles Airport in Virginia before flying to London-Heathrow. This was back before we really knew each other... but doing God's work (and living in close quarters!) has a way of drawing people so much closer together!
When I got back from the trip, I was still really busy! My family moved while I was gone, so I began unpacking things from the trip. I got to catch up with my family and my Favorite, which has been awesome. :)

Back stateside with my awesome family!
He's my Favorite.<3

I could end this post here, but other cool things have happened too! I got to meet up with high school friends for the first time in a year or two! It was cool being able to catch up with the people I graduated with. We're definitely a multi-cultural group, and I just love that. 
Me and a few of the girls I used to hang out with in high school.
Some awesome news is that Alisha at Soul in Bloom and Jamil at Amped Soul are now engaged! Here's their blog shout-out: CONGRATS again! I'm so glad everything with the proposal went well and that it was an enjoyable day for them and all involved. 
The happy, newly engaged couple! I know God is honored by their current relationship and the union to come!

Yay! As an added plus to the engagement, my friend Sevrena (first from the left) surprised us with a visit! Definitely a highlight of the weekend for me!
So much is happening in life these days, but I want to still blog as much as possible! I hope to give more details about the trip to Cape Town in the coming days/weeks, but we shall see! I wonder what everyone else in the blog world has been up to during the past weeks/month? Staying busy and having fun, I hope! :) Until I write again...