The South Africa Team Is Busy!

DSCF3475 DSCF3477 DSCF3479 DSCF3483 DSCF3484 DSCF3494 DSCF3499 DSCF3515 DSCF3455 DSCF3460 DSCF3464 DSCF3471 DSCF3485 DSCF3488 DSCF3491 DSCF3502 DSCF3505 DSCF3507 DSCF3475 DSCF3477 DSCF3479 DSCF3483 DSCF3484The girls have been amazingly working great together and hard as they have been getting a lot of work done. They are now starting on painting another room and they are pretty much done with the classroom they are just finishing up painting the doors. They are working hard with getting the work done with being able to start building another room for the Samaritan Ladies to learn in. They are done with putting footers in to where they can start to pour cement in. Today the team went to an MSSM area to do evangelism with playing with the children. They did puppets, games, Bible story, balloons, and songs. They are enjoying being able to have this opportunity to play with children and to make their day with just being with them and loving on them and seeing the children smile.
Next week we will be going out to one of the MSSM bases and staying in tents for a week Mon.-Sun. to do some projects that needs to be done and to evangelize to the children. We will also be going back to the MSSM place we were at last Saturday and do the same thing this Saturday. We will be going to a different church this Sunday and the girls will be giving their presentation again. 
Outstanding Experience:
The girls are so excited to get their jobs done so then they can see what they have accomplished. The girls are loving to be able to love on the children and they are so excited to be here to be able to do what God wants them to do. Its great to see the smiles on the girls faces when they are around the children. 
Team Testimonies:
At Boot Camp, making it to the field felt like an impossible dream. But here we’ve already been here a week! South Africa is a beautiful country filled with wonderful people. Already we’ve been to a youth group and a church, and we did an outreach with some of the kids who live near the base. Our puppet show was a big hit. At the youth group, God really spoke to me. Giving Him my future has been a constant battle for me, but as the leader preached, I felt that tug and once and for all I relinquished control. I don’t know where He’s leading me yet, but hopefully as I spend more time with him, he will make it clear to me. I’m so thankful for this trip. I hope that not only do I see my life changed but the lives of others as well. 
I still cannot grasp the concept that our team is in South Africa. It is so amazing, every  day brings new surprises. Our project has been doing jobs around the base such as breaking a concrete wall to build on to a side of the sewing room, placing barb wire, painting a classroom, and tearing a concrete sidewalk. It is incredible to see seven girls do so much work. We have conquered and worked very hard together. This may never have been done without the strength that God gives us daily. One of the cool things we’ve done is going to a youth group in the community. It was great to compare and contrast our two cultures, yet we both had the love of God in our hearts. It doesn’t matter that we speak different languages, what matters is our love of God and willingness to honor Him. Our team had the opportunity to play with local children at the Masakhane Tavern. We used music, puppets, balloons, and a story as evangelism. I loved playing with the kids. I love seeing them smile. Each kid is such a blessing, I wrestled with two little boys and it reminded me of home. On Sunday, we went to a church and I shared a testimony with the congregation. It’s amazing how God can change you if you allow Him to. I know where I was before was not where God wanted me and I’m glad that throughout the years He’s changed my heart and my life. I’m so blessed to be in South Africa, I love it so much. I cannot wait to share memories and photos with everyone back home. Love and miss y’all love always Lia (the spunky one haha)


  1. Vickie channell

    Dear Hileena, it was wonderful to see pictures of your team and hear about your experiences. I pray that you will be transformed by the renewing of your heart and mind. Sit quietly in His presence to hear His voice. He has a wonderful future planned especially for you.

  2. It is wonderful to hear how well the team is working together. I love seeing the smiles on your faces. We are praying for you all. Hileena we miss you and can’t wait to hear your voice. May the Lord watch over you all and bless you each day.

  3. Lia, so good to hear how God is working in and through you. Sounds like a great group of hard-working, dedicated girls. Will continue to pray for you daily! Love, Mom

  4. Hey what’s up how r u liking Africa Pedro says hi and he misses u and loves u how hot is it there how is the hours there like INDIA well hope it’s going well and u r enjoying it love you from Kim

  5. Love these pictures and update! You all look so good. We’re praying for each and every one of you. Love to you all – Laura’s mom 🙂

    also – is there any way you can upload the pictures in a larger size? They are so small. 🙂

    • Anne, It is fortunate that I can get them to upload. I am very computer challenged…Sometimes if you double click on them, you can make them larger.

  6. Stephanie Higgins

    It’s so good to see & hear from you all! We are praying for you and excited to see how God is using the team. Keep up the good work! So glad y’all have been able to work with the children. We love you, Zhenya!!!

  7. shanna alexander

    It looks like you all are doing a great job, I am so proud of all of you…. Savanna we all miss you and love getting updates. Everybody keeps asking how are you doing, so updates really help and the pictures are great. We are counting down the days until we see you again. Love mama and daddy

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