Back From Africa

It was a week of coming and going with old friends leaving and Clifton & John returning from Africa. They went to help out at Houses of Hope, Africa for 3 weeks. If the pictures are any indication, they had an amazing trip, full of kind-hearted people, breath-taking scenery and enough wild animals to last a life time. After visiting an orphanage that John is working with, the high point was a trip through Kruger National Park, which did not disappoint. Here are a few pictures of the nearly 1000 images they brought back to share with the kids.

 Wrestling with the lion cubs outside Johannesburg, South Africa.

Wrestling with the lion cubs outside Johannesburg, South Africa.

 Cape Buffalo, tough but not the smartest brutes in the park.

Cape Buffalo, tough but not the smartest brutes in the park.

 Just a few of the kids at the House of Hope, Africa in Hunga, Zimbabwe.

Just a few of the kids at the House of Hope, Africa in Hunga, Zimbabwe.

 A great time with some great new friends.

A great time with some great new friends.

With the mission kids in mind John & Clifton shot lots of videos of the animals at Kruger. Once they returned home John stitched them together into a 6 minute clip. For anyone who wishes to see it here it is:


It was also time to say good bye to Robert and Joyce, Katie’s parents. They came for the birth of their new grand daughter Sohalia, and are returning to Pakistan where they live and work. It’s always a blessing to have these two with us and sad to see them go.

 Bob and Joyce with the growing Singh-Rana family.

Bob and Joyce with the growing Singh-Rana family.

We also had to say good bye to long-time friends, Frank and Rosie Barta. Aside from being great supporters of the Mission and frequent visitors, Frank is a musician who worked on a few new songs with the kids. Getting the chance to play in a recording studio is something many of the children love. Look for Frank’s creations coming to a future prayer letter soon.

 Frank working with a few future pop stars

Frank working with a few future pop stars

 Rosey and Priscilla hard at work in the kitchen

Rosey and Priscilla hard at work in the kitchen

We also celebrated Indian Republic Day at our school with our annual festivities that included a student-led showcase of dancing, poems and speeches as well as a inter-school cricket game that saw the Maxton Strong School come out on top. It was a fun time of patriotic play and a chance to be proud of this complex and vibrant country.

 Students on the march during our Republic Day observance.

Students on the march during our Republic Day observance.

 One of a few India-themed dances performed by our students.

One of a few India-themed dances performed by our students.

 Some intense cricketers ready for a match

Some intense cricketers ready for a match

After months of sanding, polishing and finish work, our new kitchen is just about complete and only the electric work (and a little final clean-up) remains. Leaving the dark, dingy past for the sleek glorious future, this new space will be a place to prepare meals in style for years and years to come. Can’t wait to christen the space with an inaugural meal in the very near future.

 One of the last of our outdoor kitchen meals

One of the last of our outdoor kitchen meals

 Little Santoshi playing with her own little kitchen

Little Santoshi playing with her own little kitchen

And so another week comes to an end. New book shelves are in place. New books have been cataloged and labeled. And reading had begun in earnest. New volunteers from Australia will soon be arriving and the constant ebb and flow of visitors will continue, much to our delight.

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