It’s a gorgeous sunny afternoon and we have just enjoyed a nice lunch at an outdoor cafe, feeling full, refreshed and peaceful. Dirk says something about feeling relaxed now that he is mostly off duty, and a little light goes on inside my head and slowly grows brighter as I remember why we have the extra days in Cape Town in the first place: so I can capture an interview with Gerhard and Trudie and some footage of the city, the home of EMI’s newest office.
I am most definitely not off duty, but somewhere between the zebras and this morning’s warm sun on my face I had completely forgotten.
On each EMI trip we take the final day of our trip for rest and relaxation, which often involves something touristy. At our project site in Rustenburg we were a short 40 minute drive from Pilanesburg National Park, which features elephants, hyenas, impala, water buck, baboons, leopards, hippos, wildebeest, and lions, to name only a few. So duh, we went there for R & R day. We were able to take two hosted game drives, one at sunset and the other at sunrise, plus our drive across the park to reach the camp where we spent the night. Below are some of the critters God graced our planet with and paraded out for us to see.
One of the things our project leader, Dirk, likes to do with his teams is take an afternoon to serve locally outside of our design work for the project. If there is an existing ministry onsite this is easy, but in our case there was nothing happening yet and nothing nearby in Rustenburg. But one of the things we asked Gerhard to show us in Cape Town was some of the ways he has found to minister to his community.
It is not unusual while in Africa to be invited to join in something you were not planning. Often one of us gets asked to preach at church (okay, so that one has become common enough to be expected) or we are serenaded by a pack of neighborhood kids. Meals are served, football games erupt, tours of other local ministries happen. But this was the first time I've been asked to attend a housewarming party.
This is the first time I've been part of a team that was comprised of just as many local design professionals as folks from outside the country. We aim for at least one national on each team, but in many cases they are hard to find. Not this time, thanks to Gerhard's connections. So that meant our little group from the US felt small as we traveled from Denver to Johannesburg.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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