Monday, March 24, 2008


We are on fire! Both from the incredible Easter Sunday service we experienced to the dancing in the rain. We’re ready to work and the day starts off by breaking into teams. Suddenly, Keith Meadows screams “FIRE!” Panic! Keith quickly directs the panic into an organized response with a mad dash for buckets of water to douse the flames. It was an electrical fire, probably the result of 80 new residents over taxing their limited electrical system. We caught it in time.

Scott “Scotty” Congdon walks from his room into a small open courtyard and has a serious de-ja-vu. He stops in his tracks and is momentarily stunned by this revelation of “Ephesians 1:11-12: In Him we are also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His Glory.

It’s time to get to work and we come out of the chute running. The slabs are poured, all the framing is be pre-cut in the tent and the teams commence building the twenty exterior walls in sections. It’s a long hot day of Amor construction under the beautiful hot African sun.

Neil Jones from Wales is only 14 years old and towards the end of the day he is asked to describe his experience so far. Neil says, “Amazing! It is the only word that could begin to describe this.” He and his older brother Karl needed to raise $1,800 to make this trip. Their small Welch-Baptist church called Llanelwy consists of only 35 people. Neil said that the South Africans he’s met are “friendly, upbeat and positive and I’ve fallen in love with them in a matter of days.”

It is apparent to us that Ebenezers Community Center is a solid “Gold” nugget in this field of the Lord and it is becoming more and more evident to us that we are meant to be here!

1 comment:

alanstasaph said...

I am Alan - Neil's Dad and reading this makes me both humble and proud. he and Karl will get back here tomorrow at about mid day and I am really looking forward to hearing from them - from this it seems they have had a great time. Thanks for your part in that Scott!!
Next year if there is a trip to SA again I hope to go!!