Today was the graduation for the “cuddle course” Fezy ran at our Good News Centre in Margate. The 7 ladies completed a 6 week course with Fezy, learning all about running a creche from the book work to the craft to how to make programmes and learn to job allocate and even a small first aid course. Nelson also had 3 women graduating after completing the “God’s Master Plan” course. So now it was time for them to all graduate and it was up to me to make things happen. So I began to prepare for the event having really no idea how many or if any people would arrive. But I decided to over prepare just to be sure.
Yesterday, with the help of the blessing of a friendship, I spent the day at Vanessa’s where she allowed me to hijack her kitchen and use her oven to bake cupcakes, cookies and banana loaves.
This morning it was time to head down to Margate. It was nice to receive an invite from Adrienne and Anthony to have breakfast together (to which Glenn quickly agreed); unfortunately by the time we had finished brekky and got home I had exactly 1 hour to ice 40 odd cupcakes, prepare 7 first aid kits and 7 graduation gifts as well as sign and seal 7 certificates……
By the time I got to the hall I was in an absolute state; thankfully (as I had previously assumed in my sane state), no one was on time and we had plenty of time to prepare the hall.
I had also previously asked our Kingdom Youth Choir to come and sing for us. Again, I assumed this may not happen as we were not here to organise and prepare with them. But Fezy just astounded me when she arrived with 6 girls ready and prepared to not only sing but perform a Zulu dance (just like had been done at Fezy’s own graduation)
So the Graduation began, the choir sang about 5 songs — which naturally blew the roof off with their amazing voices. We then had a VERY small reading as I had accidentally written 1 Col 3 v15 in the programme (which was the quote for the day) instead of all 1 Col 3. Though I tried to explain to Nelson it was a mistake and for him to read the whole chapter, he as always, completely following the rules, read the single verse that it stated in the programme I had handed him. When finished he said “Oh, ok, just one verse, oh ok” and sat down. *sigh* Gotta love him 🙂
Then it was time for presentations. My mother-in-law and sister -in-law had generously made some baby mats as a donation. Earlier, I had been reluctant to just hand them out but today seemed like the perfect opportunity to use them as a gift for each of these ladies. We also found a donation of exactly 7 books and 7 soft toys (It was clearly meant to be) so I made up little gift packs as well as a “Start up” first aid consisting of an ice cream container with dettol and band-aids to present to each of the ladies. Half way thru the event (again, in true South African style) the other half of the ladies arrived, so we had a break while everyone got settled and then continued on.
At the end, Fezy and the choir girls AMAZED us with some Zulu dancing and drums. I was so impressed; the graduates were cheering and doing their screams they do (kind of like a high-pitched Indian call). Even Fezy’s daughter Snqobile and her friend did some dancing. I was so unbelievably proud of Fezy for organising not only the singing but taking it upon herself to prepare this dance for everyone. It was such a good day and left me on such a high, reminding me of all the good things about South Africa. As we farewelled each lady (who was so grateful for our help and for the gifts), we realised how much God has worked in our lives, and now allowing us to have been there today.