Mission to South Africa
News from Grace Place 6 December 2012

Looking back over the month of November, it seemed to have been a lot of trying to get things fixed that had gone wrong or broken and preparation for the Annual Christmas Party for Lethabo Kids Club.

Highlights of the month were my birthday which I celebrated at The Fold with Paul and Micky and all their housemothers and children – a most enjoyable time. At the Saturday Youth Bible Study we put candles on a cake for my birthday. I bought 4 boxes of 24 each and they put all of them on the cake. I’m really not that old! But, I succeeded in blowing out all 96 candles – not bad, eh!

This past Saturday we had our family Thanksgiving, my birthday, Richard and Cathie’s 29th Anniversary celebration all combined. Cathie did a really good ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ with questions she had gleaned on the history of Thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun – and we all learned quite a lot as well. Also celebrated the Lord’s Supper together in Thanks for our Lord’s sacrifice for us. With guests, there were about 40 of us.

I’ve been sourcing a part for my fridge – haven’t been able to get a gas man out to help with it. Finally got a universal thermostat which I hope my neighbor will be able to fit for me. Cathie has sourced new wheels for the lawn mower which I couldn’t get in Vaalwater – will pick them up in Joburg tomorrow. Still trying to get the internet hookup I need so I can do my internet banking at the farm and hopefully be on Skype from home. Still have to buy a new printer as mine quit on me. Then this weekend in Joburg my vehicle developed a bad oil leak from the transmission, so today the AA towed it to the mechanic and it looks like we will be in Joburg most of the week waiting for it. I’m just thankful that it happened here in Cathie’s driveway (except for the mess it’s made) as at least I didn’t get stuck out on the road somewhere.

Now for the good part – the Christmas Party was a great success! The local high School Waterburg Academy  prepared bourewors (sausage) rolls, yogurts, cool drinks and sweeties – 1500. But, we had probably 2200 there! We put them through in groups of about 600 each and we did run out of food, and gifts for the middle age group so that was sad. Of course, the whole neighborhood came. But the play put on by the Revolution Bible Study group with the youth leading them worked out well. There was lots of singing and dancing and fun on the jumping castle, with soccer balls and hula hoops.

We’ll have Kid’s Club two more weeks then take a break of two weeks over Christmas and New Years.  I praise the Lord for His provision through His people for a great year of teaching and loving the children and working with the Youth. May God bless all who prayed and helped in any way.

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