By Hannah Broadwell
Unity. Three different groups, three different cultures but one mission, one God. Our team packed up for the week and left for a campsite about 45 minutes away. Our group of MKs would be combining with two youth groups for a short mission trip in a rural community called KwaNzimakwe. Both of these youth groups are a part of the church we partner with here in South Africa. Youth Worx due to its location, is composed of mostly white or Afrikaans high schoolers. While Youth Alive is mainly composed of Zulu young people. These two groups, because of their difference in location and culture don’t always get the chance to meet regularly. But, through this opportunity we got to combine the three groups and do ministry alongside one another.
By Ben Babione
On Wednesday morning, our team made its way to the old cathedral located on the main walking street of Sarajevo. Excitement could be felt throughout the entire group in anticipation of the day ahead. Today was the day we would get to use our drama (the Everything Drama) as a way of presenting the gospel and sparking conversations with people passing by. Our hope was to use this five-minute, gospel-centered drama to prompt conversations with local Bosnians and interrupt their normal routines with the love of Christ.
Jordan – an MK from South Africa and now a missionary working with SafePlace in Port Shepstone, and Mhlengi and Bonga, two members of our local team who drive our vans to get us from place to place. They gave us a language lesson during briefing.
Every year we come to South Africa we hear a similar story. We are told about the different people groups that live in seemingly very segregated areas. On one side of the main road, near the beach, there will be resort homes and nice malls. On the other side there will be informal settlements and very little wealth to be seen. But this time we didn’t just talk about how things are now, we actually talked about why it is that way, and why the communities we work in look so different and experience life on the “South Coast” (south coast of this province, KZN) so differently. This ‘why’ is rooted in history and the system of apartheid that has been officially dismantled but still maintains a similar grip and structure around society. Blacks and whites are no longer legally required to live separately, but systematic poverty and unemployment keeps many separate still.
By Jessi B.
We had our first full week today with the kids and oh what a joy it was!
This week the preschoolers memorized
Matthew 4:19, “Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.”
Throughout the week they learned how they can follow Jesus and how they can help others follow Jesus too! They enjoyed getting to worship, especially since many of them have older siblings in the elementary and teen rooms that come join. This is a time when the leaders can clearly see that the preschoolers have really come out of their shells as they energetically and passionately dance and sing. It is so fun to see God’s joy shine through these kids. As the preschoolers have begun to get used to their schedule and seeing each other, they have also become excited to welcome and reunite with their fellow classmates each day! They are even learning to be helpful and kind to each other. Continue reading
Our stomachs were tired of airplane food and our eyes were heavy as we drove away from King Shaka International Airport. My team had been traveling together for over 36 hours all the way from Orlando, FL. We may have all been tired but we were excited to get to Port Shepstone. Ready to meet the team, ready to prepare, ready to serve. Continue reading
By Ben Babione
With one full week of ministry coming to an end here in Sarajevo, the narrow European city streets, hot summer days, and endless amounts of bread have become a somewhat normal part of our lives. As we have become more and more acquainted with the life and culture here in Bosnia and Herzegovina, our team has been able to see and serve God in several different ways.
By Jessi B.
What an EVENTFUL week and a half it has been! We have been preparing for months now through raising support, skype team meetings, and of course lots prayer to finally be here in Colorado investing in the XTrack kids! We started out with a few days of training together as a team, and then jumped right in with each of the classrooms.
XTRACK KIDS LEADERSHIP TEAM Top (left to right): Evan, Aliese, Nicki, Claire, Jenna
Bottom (left to right): Priscilla, Kathryn, JessiEnter a caption