Girl’s Eye View

Published on Jul 14th, 2009 by Clinton
Girl’s Eye View

This is the update from the girls who left today, Jarna, Tamara, Emily, Lou and Till:
We thought that by coming to Africa we would change these people’s lives, but they changed not only our worlds, but our hearts:

Our journey in South Africa:

Chantal getting picked up by a guy at the airport.
Met an awesome Canadian in Denial – Rachelle
We got a bird’s eye view of this beautiful country we were beginning to embrace – it felt like we were on top of the world (blyde river canyon)
Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes -yummy in my tummy
go Harry go harry go go go
Harry (Harry’s pancake world for lunch)
We were privileged to experience the powerful and beautiful worship of the African people through song and dance (Tim has almost mastered the art of . . . . clap)
We set out on our first mission to KILL the worms aka the deworming program.
We were swamped by hundreds of smiles and hugs that would knock your socks off and melt your heart all at once : African Orphans

We learnt two things if you are planning to go to Africa:
1. You will need backup because you will be hugged, pulled, twisted, squished, clung to, sung to, poked, slapped, hi-fived, teased, loved, laughed at, jumped on, dragged and chased by awestruck and amazed young children.
2. Perfect your hokey-pokey & heads, shoulders knees and toes game skills.

Jesus fed the 5000 with bread and fish. well we fed the 500 with peanut butter sandwiches. Us typical Aussies make a competition out of nothing. EG – the ultimate peanut butter buttering race. Emily kicked butt.

The yanks then invaded and we all started talking funny “Hey y-all” (PS we already miss you guys).

We met the incredible volunteers in the Cork Community and they introduced us into their world Home Based Care). The stories were heart-breaking but inspiring; we could not completely express our emotions nor fully understand them. Its hard to think we have it tough at home when what we saw will be in the back of our minds and in our hearts forever.
It would be easier for us to buy you all a plane ticket to Africa than for us to explain what we felt and the things that we witnessed. Why not consider coming for yourselves?

The de-worming mission continued . . .
But the highlight of the day was at the youth camp, when we got up and embarrassed ourselves and yes: We did bring out the Chicken Dance. Don’t laugh to hard ’cause we know they didn’t. We don’t think they fully understood what we were trying to do. I guess we weren’t chickeny enough for the chicken dance.
PS It’s not wise to let a young American boy attempt ballet (good try Caleb, good try)
Our team decided to get “physical, physical” by climbing lion rock. It would be a really bad time to find out you’re afraid of heights. We learnt 3 golden rules:
1. Don’t touch electric fences
2. Go down the mountain butt first
3. Don’t trust the grass, never trust the grass, don’t trust the grass, it’s slippery.
We went to the Shangana Cultural Village, where we met the chief, his 3 wives and 36 children . . . . That is soooo totally illegal in Australia. You also can’t say you’ve been to South Africa if you haven’t tried a traditional mushy, fat, crunchy, salty & dirt-tasting worm. NOTE If I was Leyton (aka Nood his new nickname) I would have swallowed it so I wasn’t called a pansy for the rest of the week.
We had a traditional African banquest and laughed as Jarna, Till Emily, Jared & Sharni attempted to dance tribal style.
PS Someone gave Tim a drum: IDIOT

African sunrise at 4:00 am in Kruger National Park ready to start a long day of animal Where’s Wally. 12 hours later we had a once in a life-time experience of close up encounters of African wildlife (Did you know that African monkeys private parts are bright blue?) and also stupid impala breed like rabbits.
Happy birthday Sharni and to celebrate we all got to sleep in! We also experienced the real African Style – NO WATER!!!
Noate remember if it is yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.
How blessed are we that on our final night we got to go on a night safari and see a ‘real live LION!!!! It was scary but totally a poser. He didn’t even eat us, even after he gave us the ‘evil eyes’.
OK so we have to be up in like 3 hours to head back home. So in all seriousness, Africa has taught each of us so many different things that we value and will hopefully apply in our everyday lives. We are all so very thankful to everyone that made our adventure possible. Our team for supporting us and being so welcoming and making it possible for us to make new friends within the group. And a very big thankyou to Hands at Work for the amazing opportunity and work they do giving hope to the future of the African people. We can see the dreams of your organisation becoming a reality and it was our greatest pleasure to play a small part in it. Last of all thanks to God for keeping us safe and being our guide throughout the journey & thanks to him we have learnt so many things from his people here in Africa.

Dear Heavenly Father
We pray for hope and freedom within this place. Be their Light amongs this darkness that has such a strong hold on these people and guide them in the right direction. May you fight for JUSTICE on behalf of the orphans and widows and bring them the essentials they need. Not only that, but we pray that they may receive your salvation and your son, as you bring the greatest value to their lives
AMEN
Signing off
Chantal
Lynley
Jarna
Emily
Tamara