Life has been decidedly less busy recently. The students were on exams for the last three weeks, so slightly too busy revising to hang out with me, and now they have their winter holidays. I’ve had bits and pieces of prep to do, which is helping keep me sane, and have also been able to chat to some folks at church about how I can be a bit more involved with the student/young adult ministry there, which is great.
On Thursday night I’ll be heading across to Durban for a few days for our SCO National Conference. It’s a fairly big thing, with students and ‘learners’ (that’s kids from the High School SCOs, and associates (graduates) from all over the country meeting together from Friday until Tuesday. [For those of you in the UCCF gang think Forum but with less mud, and a great deal less organisation.]
Other than that I’ve been hanging out with friends, reading and doing lots of knitting. Oh, and I got to see my first proper wildlife!
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that there was a conference on at Melville Union Church. On the Friday of that week, Dave West (Melville Union pastor) decided to take the four American visitors to see some animals, and I got to go too. We (Dave, Matt, Monte, Tom and Garrett [the Americans], me, my friend Kim and her husband, Steven) set off from Jo’burg at 5.30AM in an extremely unroadworthy combi that was borrowed from some Campus Outreach folks, and drove east for three hours to the Pilanesburg National Park, and then spent the day driving around, looking at some of God’s amazing creation and being entertained by the comedy stylings of the Perimeter Church staff. We saw elephants, hippos, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, wildebeast, springboks, kudu, warthogs,baboons and various kinds of buck that I can’t remember the names of, and it was a generally awesome day!
Also, this week I had the random but fun experience of going to Ellis Park stadium to see New Zealand play Iraq in the FIFA Confederations Cup championship which is being played in Jo’burg at the moment, so that they can practice for the World Cup next year. Lots of people came dressed in South African colours, despite the fact that Bafana Bafana were not one of the teams playing, and spent most of their time dancing, doing Mexican waves, and blowing vuvuzelas very loudly, which was a lot of fun, although may have permanently damaged my hearing! And we nearly got crushed to death in the ‘queue’ for the park and ride, which was an interesting experience. A funfilled Saturday night.
The uploading photos thingimmijig isn’t working again, so sadly there will be no pictures of animals, football matches or free pens (Cassie) but I’ll try again another day. It’s working: marvel at the wildlife!
In summary: not busy, but enjoying South Africa.