What a huge difference this centre has already made! To move from a single garage with no windows, no toilet facilities apart from some buckets outside, a tiny cemented playing area and rusty, wobbly playground equipment to a spacious, modern centre, proper (not to mention private) flushing toilets, a much larger playing area and sturdy wooden playground equipment – this has been a dream come true for ourselves, for Gogo (the preschool principal) and most of all for the children that attend her preschool and the Saturday Bible Club.
The centre has been the answer to yet another person’s prayers too – Bro Peter from the Kempton Park Meeting. Peter has undertaken the role of caretaker/security at the centre, and is now living in the little flatlet behind the conference room. For him this tiny room with its en-suite bathroom is very special, since he was living in a shack with no windows, no electricity, no water, and only corrugated iron walls before. Imagine hardly ever being able to eat fresh produce because you have nowhere to store it!
Saturday Bible Club
Naturally hosting the Saturday Bible Club at Tswelopele was much easier, although we had about 10 extra kids arrive, which brought the total to a record breaking 71! For Michael & myself it is humbling to know that all of these children freely choose to attend a bible class rather than watch TV or play outside on a Saturday morning. We are now doing a Saturday Bible Club every second Saturday, although the kids are begging us to come every single Saturday!
The ‘girl table’ folding Origami fishing boats – we are to be “fishers of men”
Michael has his youth class outside in the sunshine.
Holiday Fun Day
During the holidays we also hosted a Holiday Fun Day at Tswelopele, wherethe kids got to paint T-Shirts, build wooden models, decorate biscuits, play lots of new games and learn new songs. It was mildly organized chaos, and everyone had a great time! We were very grateful to have the help of Hendri & Liezl Viljoen, as well as 4 Aussies, Sam, Dan, Mikki & Tamar.
Drawing their designs before painting them on the T-Shirts.
Showing off the wooden models they’ve built & painted.
Enjoying the sugary snack they’ve prepared!
Dan helping a younger girl to do hand-prints on her T-Shirt.
Playing “huddles” – an all time favorite ice-breaker.
“How Low Can You Go?!”
We are looking forward to hosting our first Movie Night at the end of August, as well as starting Recorder Classes, the “How to read your Bible effectively” seminar, the “Creche Crash Course”, and various other workshops re teaching children to read and teaching Gr R’s during the next month or two.
Love in Christ
Michael & Lilandi Furstenburg