We’ve made it!
After a LOOONG (but relatively smooth) journey, we are in Cape Town, South Africa!
It’s kind of weird to think that today is the first time in 30 years that I haven’t been with my family for Easter. But what a place to be. What a way to celebrate. There’s no better visual reminder than flying half way around the world to remind me of what a HUGE God we serve. And it is nothing short of an absolute honor and blessing that I’m getting to serve Him alongside my South African friends.
Today we celebrated Easter at SouthPoint Church…our partner church here in Cape Town. It was so great to see old friends that I met here two years ago, and to be able to worship and take communion together. After church, some of our awesome hosts here took us to a great restaurant on the bay and to check out the venue where we’ll host the retreat for SouthPoint’s community group leaders. It is so amazingly beautiful! The perfect setting to be able to bring in their leaders to give them space to refresh and replenish. I can’t wait to host them on Tuesday!
I’m not going to lie…I’m fighting to keep my eyes open right now. It’s 4pm here, and about 10am at home. We were so wide awake when we arrived last night that we really only took about a 2 hour nap instead of a full night’s sleep. But have no fear, we already found a close stash of Red Bulls…they actually have them in a vending machine at the hotel (Jesus loves me more), so hopefully I think we’ll hold up through dinner.
I haven’t snapped many photos yet since it’s quite the rainy/dreary looking day (cue the infamous Toto song…), but I’ll leave you with one for now…this is a picture of me and my good friend Shannelle at the Johannesburg airport yesterday. (please pardon my disheveled look, mind you I had just gotten off a 15 hour flight) Shannelle lives in Jo-burg and came over to the airport just so we could hang out for a little bit during our layover. SO much fun getting to chat with her for a bit…she’s such a special friend!
I’m off to try and run a few laps up and down the hotel hall to keep myself awake. J Happy Easter to everyone I love at home! More updates to come!