South Africa-11071

What a time we are having in the freezing South Africa winter! Even here in a more industrialized part of the world, internet is not as easy to get as it should be. The days we were in town, the internet cafe was closed due to it being too cold. We had a BBQ at an Afrikaans gentlemen’s gues house, but his router was not working to send in a report. When we arrived back at the base, the internet was not working, so we made a trip into town to try to send these reports.

Greetings from South Africa.
We are back home for a day before we travel across the country to our next location. It is warmer here on this side, so the kids are doing much better in the mornings.
Thursday report:
Monday we visited the disabled and orphan and vulnerable children home. We passed out the bread of life and did our presentation on Mandela Day. It was such a blessing to see them laughing and singing along to the puppets. Tuesday we went into the mountain country of Lesotho. We climbed a mountain (literally) to get to a village of orphans.We did our presentation, passed out the bread of life and gave them some of the toys that we brought with us. They loved playing games and were overjoyed when we gave them the stuffed animals. It was very cold on this day and the water in the dam near us was frozen. We even saw snow in the mountain area of Lesotho. The host church also held a BBQ for the kids and allowed them to hike through their game reserve. They were able to walk right up to within 50 yards of zebra and blesbok antelope.
The kids are amazing at loving the orphans and it is so exciting to see the kids laughing and giggling at the puppets during presentation. Watching these little orphans carrying around yournger siblings is humbling, knowing they have so little themselves. The best time though is playing games and encouraging the orphans.
We have had one decision for Christ. A woman was watching what we were doing and came over to ask questions. We were able to lead her to the Lord.
We were able to visit a church in a cave where we worshipped African style.
We will travel to Bushbuck ridge this weeks to set up tents and work with orphans with AIDS. We will do our presentation and outreach with Hosanna Church. We also plan to tour Kruger park while there as well. The kids are looking forward to seeing the game.
Samara Ribbens:
The team has been here in south africa for about one week. It’s very cold, but I love it here and everone is so nice. The other day we went to two churches in one day! Everyone welcomed us and we were very glad to experience the different churches. We had an HIV and AIDS talk with some Africans. Everyone (at least I have) has had fun sharing Jesus, handing out bread, making people smile, and fighting like siblings 🙂 Whenever I finish one day, I can never wait for the next, and the next, and the next.
Bryn Mosier:
I have been having fun. We have been doing our presentation. I made friends of orphans. I am learning to trust the Lord more and more.
Joy Shrock:
Joy Shrock
My team is really great. The people are so happy when we tell them about what our team is doing. The kids are happy when we bring out the puppets and when we do our presentation. They love hanging on to us and playing with them.


  1. Tracy's Best Friends: Carmen, Casey, Emalee, Jamie, and Mehghan

    Tracy…We are so thankful you are able share the gospel and love the children through puppets and worshipping. I can’t wait to hear about your time worshiping in the cave. I am so thankful for all of you!!!! We love you and we will see you this weekend!!!

  2. tracy payne we love you and miss you eating your popcorn in your dining room….. love ya

  3. Hey Samara! It’s Madison. I read you’re post on South Africa, and it sounds exciting! We can’t wait to hear more from you! Be safe, and have a great time there!

  4. tracy's mom,dad & sean

    Looking at pictures, miss you, love you & praying for you and your safe return!
    Keep up the good work and God bless you.

  5. Barb and Ed Horn

    So good to see a message from Samara (We love you sweetie and know you will be so good at loving these kids!!). We are praying for the whole team to have safety and be effective at sharing God with these kids. Stay warm!! I wish I too had been able to talk Samara into taking warmer clothes!!

  6. Amy, I had the privilege of getting to chat with Abby at Comissioning. You have a wonderful daughter. She showed me photos of your beautiful family. She was a real encouragement to my daughter Mallory. God bless you.

  7. even after checking the weather for there I didn’t believe that it was going to be that cold so I feel a bit out of sorts for not sending warmer clothes as well… Lizzy gets cold on warm days she’s so tiny…

  8. Thanks for the update. It is so exciting to hear that there are decisions for Christ as a result of what you are doing. I am so proud of all of you and the way you are working together as a team. I know God is proud of you for the way you are representing Him. Keep pressing on a day at a time!

    Can’t wait for the next update!

  9. So glad to hear from you! Sounds like an amazing trip. This does my heart good! Go South Africa!

  10. What a wonderful report! God bless you all.

  11. Amanda Richardson

    Yipppeeeee updates from South Africa! Thinking we should have sent Sydney with warmer clothes!

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