Family Fun

Living Hope Church Family Fun Day     According to Oxford Dictionary : Fun- enjoyment, amusement, or light-hearted pleasure

On July 4th , while our American friends and family were celebrating their freedom with BBQs and fireworks, we celebrated the freedom we have in Christ as a church family by coming together for Living Hope Church’s first (annual??) Family Fun Day. With a volleyball tournament, relay races, dancing, a singing competition and more we spent the day just enjoying one another and the bond we have because of Christ. A fun day indeed!!

Heather Drew and her girl band practice for the singing competition.

Heather Drew and her girl band practice for the singing competition.

Marissa with her BFF and other pals.

Marissa with her BFF and other pals.

The day was fun for the little ones, too!

The day was fun for the little ones, too!

Volleyball brought out the competitive side.

Volleyball brought out the competitive side of our otherwise very loving church family.

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Elijah is having fun on the inside 🙂

Red Salvakop reigned as volleyball champs.

Red Salvakop reigned as volleyball champs.

Living Hope Church family's first Fun Day

Living Hope Church’s first Fun Day family photo!

Park Outreach Every Monday late afternoons at Jacaranda Park, Sunnyside, Pretoria you will find a handful of Living Hope Church members playing volleyball or soccer with the intention of reaching out to the community to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Randy arrives early to set up the volleyball net and once the other Living Hopers arrive a friendly game is started, which inevitably attracts people walking by or those already sitting at the park to join in the game. After about an hour of game time, the players are gathered around to listen to a testimony or a gospel message, and scripture. Newcomers are invited to church on Sunday and contact information is taken for follow-up.

This weekly outreach is one of the simple ways the Living Hope Church is “going into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation”.

Mandela Day, July 18, 2015

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela 

 Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, his birthday. The day was established to encourage a global call for individuals to make an impact and transform the world through taking action “to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity.”

11737974_844341765649944_5925341284823725026_n1Hope4Africa decided to turn Mandela Day into Nandela Day! Nan is the brand name for the popular baby formula here and on July 18, the 1Hope team hung out at local grocery stores speaking with customers about the Muphamuzi Baby Home and asking them for their support through the purchase of cans of Nan. Different 1 Hope members were at two different stores on the morning of July 18th and together through cash donations and donated formula cans we raised R7000 (approx. $600) for the babies being cared for at the baby home.

Speaking of which…two new little ones have been recently placed in our care:

Precious baby girl!

Precious baby girl!

Sweet Baby Boy

Sweet Baby Boy

Family Time Over Father’s Day weekend, our family enjoyed a quick time away to what is becoming an annual tradition to Kruger National Park. We came across all of the Big 5 with the exception of the very shy leopard, but we were able to catch sight of the even shyer cheetah! Our kids LOVE searching for animals in the African wild (from the safety of our car with windows closed) and we are so thankful for the fun and blessings of these adventures and time to be together as a family.

Cheetah!

Cheetah!

Even though we saw lots of them, we never tire of watching the elephants!

Even though we saw lots of them, we never tire of watching the elephants!

Two lionesses walking along the side of the road!

Two lionesses walking along the side of the road!

Our accommodations had some of the tamer animals roaming about.

Our accommodations had some of the tamer animals roaming about. Randy gets a kiss from this curious zebra.

Three years! The 20nd of this month marks the 3-year anniversary of our family boarding a plane at LAX bound to Johannesburg, South Africa. The intention was to serve with 1Hope for “a year” and return to our Orange County lives. But as we have said before and will say again, “The heart of man plans his ways, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

We are humbled, awed and so very thankful that God would allow the joy of us, His weak, broken sinful children, to participate in the work that He is doing in this world. We are also so thankful to all of you who have prayed, participated and partnered with us! The Body of Christ is truly an amazing, powerful tool in the Mighty Master’s hand bringing about His plans and purposes.

We do not know what the next three years will hold, but we are thankful to and put our trust in the One who does. We also cling to the amazing truth that for those who are in Christ, eternity with Him is promised.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.

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There is one spot in the Kruger where it is safe for you to exit your vehicle because there is a ranger with a rifle standing guard.

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