Talk about making something happen. I was literally fresh from my “European Adventure” when the opportunity presented itself to not just got South Africa but do so in the name of missionary work. It was a longtime desire of mine to at some point make my way on some missionary journey to some distant part of this massive world.
Of course I had to right-size everything else to make this adventure come to fruition and so it did.
The site of missionary work, the first part of this amazing trip was that of service.
With a church based out of New York, I began my “Voyage to South Africa” with the our stop in Johannesburg where we worked at a primary school in the township of Pretoria (which made international news most recently due to the trial of olympian Oscar Pistorius). In any case, the work consisted mostly of painting, building repairs, gardening, and anything else we could do to contribute to the beautification of the school. The faces and gratitude of the women (and young women) who greeted us and partnered with us as we toiled away while on the grounds was enough to warm even the coldest heart.
Upon arrival to Capetown it was determined that my checked luggage did not make the flight and was at best “M-I-A” which was one of the most helpless feelings in the world. Not only was it a connecting flight – in country – but we were only scheduled to be in Capetown for a few days and my final destination was NOT JFK but Atlanta which would have added an extra layer of complexity to locating and returning my luggage.
As usual, things did work out but only after I’d caught a taxi to run to the nearest drugstore for toiletries just to tie me over. For the Capetown experience………
What’s a visit to Capetown without checking out Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, Green Market to name a few all of which we were able to experience.
All in all it was a memorable trip, but one stamp in my passport I must get again to truly experience all the sights and sounds of this beautiful country!