After I returned from my brief but fun-filled trip home I spent a couple of days in bed sleeping it off and then re-packed my bags, headed back to the airport and flew down south for the SCO staff conference.
We stayed at a ‘campsite’ in the bush, just across the lagoon from Hermanus (a small town, about an hour and half from Cape Town, and South Africa’s ‘whale watching capital’).
I have stayed at many, many, many Christian conference centres and campsites in my 25 years of being alive, and I am unable to believe that there is a nicer one in the world than Wortelgat. Beautiful, new houses built by super-nice Christians and then handed over to the charity to be used for conferences. It was hot, and peaceful and safe and one day we walked down to the beach and saw whales! Really.
Also, the people and the teaching were awesome too!
We were studying Philippians in the morning – taken through it by Gideon Para-Mallam, who is the IFES Regional Secretary for our super EPSA (English & Portuguese-speaking Africa) region. We had staff business meetings, year reviews, advice and encouragement on support-raising and Papi (the STEM director) told us all about his sabbatical trip to England to see how UCCF does staff orientation, Relay training and Forum, plus lots more. And I saw a Baboon spider and a poisonous snake (which made the campsite seem a tad less like paradise!)
It was a very fun week. Wonderful to spend time with the rest of the staff, and a great encouragement to go into the final month with enthusiasm to ‘end well’.
In summary: ready to move to the bush (once all the snakes are gone).