TIA (This Is Africa)

Greetings from South Africa! Right now we are sitting outside a McDonalds and for the first time have access to internet. We only really have time for a quick recap, so here we go. We arrived in Dallas and flew 14 hours to Dubai. After an awkward 15 hour layover, we flew 9 hours to Cape Town, and by that time our bodies’ clocks were a little out of wack.

We settled into apartments quickly and got to work right away. Sunday morning consisted of cultural training and visiting the township of Scottsdene to promote their holiday clubs this week (similar to VBS). We completely stood out in a place of poverty, but the kids seemed to be really excited to see us.

Today was the first day of the clubs. Though most everything was spoken in Afrikaans, many of the kids have grown up with English too. I work with the 6th and 7th grades and Thomas i

s with 3rd through 5th. He’s also participating in the dramas!

The pastor of a church told us a simple conversation can give a child self-worth. They often don’t get enough attention at home. What motivation to talk to them!

The group is really fun… 9 guys, 17 girls and 10 staff in all. We all bonded really quickly, but it seems like we are all still trying to get our footing. We know God will do incredible things here. More to come soon!


Thomas and Mal


  1. Glad to hear you made it there safely. We are praying for you two and your your team. Can’t wait to hear what God has in store for you guys.

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