March 2010

About a month ago someone from our department took a trip to Lesotho, and was going to visit Mathabo!  You can imagine the excitement…around here we feel like we know Mathabo.  We’ve been looking at her pictures for a couple years, have heard her stories and her troubles, and feel close to her even though we have never met her.  So, when we heard someone was going to visit her — we got excited!

We decided to put together a little care package for her, which included some of YOUR prayers from the Experience.  We also included two disposable cameras so that we could get pictures back.

Mathabo is doing great, she is thriving in school and is healthy!

After a day of rest and relaxation in Chicago we headed to Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan.  To give you a little background, back in November 2009 we brought the Experience to a church less than 30 miles from Zeeland.  We were curious about the response, considering we were recently in this area.  In addition, this church planning team had a very short planning period.  We knew the churches involved had just finished “The Hole in Our Gospel” and they were on fire for the Experience.  Oh were they.

They rallied SO many to walk through the exhibit and had SO many children sponsored in the country of Zimbabwe.  We had some of the nicest and hardest working volunteers.  In fact, they actually crushed the long standing tear down record (previously set at 3 hours and 20 minutes) with a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes!!!!

A huge thank you to all the people behind the scenes who made this happen and who never get the credit they deserve.  We appreciate you!