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A New Type of Ministry

Like the whole world, Venesch and I are trying to figure out what life looks like in the middle of a pandemic. After the school closed, the president of South Africa issued a 21 day lockdown on the country. It is quite strict, no going outside (not even for exercising) and only grocery stores were allowed to remain open. Last week the lockdown was extended and we will be here until the end of April at the earliest.

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Corona Virus and South Africa

The corona virus has come to South Africa. We went from zero cases to 161 in less than a week and the number grows as hospitals are able to do testing. The president of South Africa as declared a state of disaster and has closed schools and is strictly controlling the borders. The public is responding now- last week this was an other country problem, but as we join the world there has been stocking up on food and toilet paper and cleaning supplies. We seem to be a few days behind the US in our responses and statistics, but we are catching up.

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The Feelings’ Doctor

The last few months have been hectic, and to bring some joy to the school, I created a game of the “feelings doctor.” I went to each class and saw each “patient” in my office with the others waited in the “waiting room” with magazines. I listened to their hearts and checked for sadness. I measured their heights and made sure they were eating their vegetables. I checked that their brains were learning and growing (we had a few cases of extreme learning growth that needed head massages and bandages to make sure they didn’t explode) and each appointment ended with a “shot of love” with a cartoon bandaid. Each child got a prescription from me to go to the pharmacist (who was played by their teacher) for bubble medicine and candy pills.

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Working with Parents

I have been working in Mitchells Plain for four years now, and one thing that has always come out is how much parents love their kids. The parents here will sacrifice, work, and struggle to give their kids a better future. I have been honored to join in that process with the parents more directly this year. Because of the community’s difficult circumstances and lack of resources in Mitchells Plain I get to walk alongside moms and dads as they seek to care for the people God has entrusted to them.

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First Week of School

School is back in session! The kids are here and it has been a busy two weeks trying to catch up and follow up. I have missed these cheeks, and smiles, and beautiful eyes. I am so glad to be hearing their stories and being back in their lives.

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We're back

After a restful, lovely, three week break, school is back in session!

It has been so great to see the children and hear their stories about what they do when school is out. It was a much needed break for everyone, but it is clear that we missed them and they missed us!

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Growing Ministry!

Since coming to work at Trinity Children’s Centre, it has been a desire of mine to work alongside the parents as the school partners with them for their children’s education and growth. The last three months that has been happening! I am scheduling more one-on-one meetings with the parents and working with my team at the school to build relationships.

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