Today we tearfully left the town of Thabazimbi where we have been stationed the past week, but we left our hearts there. In the Tswana language, “thaba” is mountain and “zimbi” is iron, so we were surrounded by beautiful red mountains and there were lots of mines around the area. We were able to accomplish quite a bit and shared the love of God with so many of the people. On Monday, July 22 in the morning, we were greeted by the mayor of Thabazimbi who wanted to learn more about our mission project. She even accompanied us as we traveled to Deo Gloria Primary School to complete our foot washing of around 32 needy children. The mayor was extremely impressed and humbled by our team and she even got down on her knees and washed a pair of feet as well! What an honor it was to have her watch and work with our team. Later that same afternoon, we went to the local squatter camp and did foot washing for around 15 people as well as evangelism with tracts, songs and praying for people. The people in this location are truly the poorest population in Thabazimbi and it was very eye opening for our team to see how people live and dress. It was very humbling to work with them and truly bless them. On Monday evening we had a prayer meeting with some of the members of the Thabazimbi Baptist Church who have been organizing our evangelistic project. They even served us a traditional meal of samp and beef stew.
Tuesday, July 23, we did foot washing with around 30 students from the Mago Pako Secondary School. The smiles on the faces of the children after they received new shoes were very rewarding and exciting to witness. One girl danced all the way through the yard and out the gate. Afterwards the team traveled across the mountain to the neighborhood surrounding Thabazimbi Baptist Church and did foot washing for around 20 needy orphans the church had identified as well as some extremely poor individuals. The miracle of the day was that after each foot washing, the remaining shoes were counted as we were running low, but the numbers never changed! God just keeps blessing us with more and more shoes to pass out! Tuesday was another prayer meeting and farewells from the church pastor, elders and members. One elder said he was speechless in what he had witnessed in the community. White people have never, ever served black people in this way and that this team will be remembered for what they have done.
Wednesday, July 24, was our sightseeing day and we traveled and hour and half to Pilansberg Game Reserve to do a safari. Our team really enjoyed this time to relax and explore. We got the chance to see lots of animals very close and personally. Gabrielle Voorhies was our record keeper for the the day and journaled each animal sighting and time. She had over 90 entries which included zebra, giraffe, elephants, impala, hippo and rhino and much more. I’m sure the team will remember this special day which included a picnic lunch and devos by the lake.