Back on U.S. soil!

After we made our decision to continue serving in South Africa with 1Hope Ministries for a second year, we also made the decision to forfeit the second half of our round trip ticket and not return to the United States for the summer.  We desire to use the funds so graciously granted to us by faithful supporters wisely and well, and therefore, decided to stay in Pretoria through the winter (America’s summer).  Susan did pray, however, that if, for some reason, God wanted us to travel back to the States, that He would provide funds specifically designated for our travel.  However, we were, in no way, expecting a positive response to this prayer and told friends and family that we would not be traveling back to U.S. this summer. And that was that (or so we thought).

Meanwhile, Pastor Mike Sciarra from Grace Church of Orange (read about their visit to South Africa here) had a heart to bring us home this summer.  So, together with a grant he obtained on our behalf and money generously donated by the GCO congregation, enough money (specifically designated for our travel) was raised to cover our travel expenses.  We were surprised and thrilled when we received an email from Pastor Mike with “Book flights!” in the subject header!!  We landed at LAX on July 2nd and will be in California until August 23rd when we are scheduled to fly back to South Africa.  We have been soaking in reconnections with friends and family, and are excited to share the ministry of 1Hope with anyone and everyone that would welcome us!


Welcome greeting at the airport from the Esparza family.


Randy shows off his first California meal! (In’n Out Double-Double)


Celebrating the 4th of July on U.S. soil.


A South Africa reunion! Michael (a native South African) traveled to California to propose to Kathryn (a native Californian) whom he met in South Africa while she volunteered as an intern at the Muphamuzi Baby Home for ten months. We met them for lunch to congratulate them on their upcoming wedding!

1 thought on “Back on U.S. soil!

  1. Pingback: Just Show Up | Journey with us as we follow Christ to South Africa.

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