Thursday, March 20, 2008


We woke at 6:00 am and were at Rainbow FM by 7:00 where four of us did a live, “on air” interview with Humphrey Birkenstock, the Session Manager who has a listenership of about 110,000. Steve Cosgrove and Scott Congdon spoke about what Amor does and the purpose of this trip; to build homes for the poorest of the poor. Steve Horrex spoke about the construction of the homes and Dan Irving spoke of the historic story taking place between Amor Ministries and South Africa. After the interview we were off again to hunt down building materials and camp supplies, then back to Rainbow FM for a fabulous lunch. Food and mealtime is an expression of love and the South African hospitality. Their appreciation for what Amor Ministries is doing is incredible. We are being loved and fed with six to seven course meals. We shall all come back heavier than when we arrived.

Romans 12:9-13 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in af

fliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

After lunch our African Safari for building materials and supplies was back on into the concrete jungle of Johannesburg.

The day ended at Ebenezer’s Community Center where the men living there

had cleared the ground, dug the footings and were preparing to pour the concrete for the slab foundations. When work commences on Monday with our 100+ workers we shall hit the ground running. We should be able to complete the objective: five double houses in one week! These homes will house 50 people which will be immediately filled and then there will be the hope for more to come.

As a blogger, vol

unteer, gopher and worker, along with trying to be a keen observer I have been amused by some of the interactions between Scott Congdon and Steve Horrex who after working together for the past 28 years are like an old married couple. I understand both their brains and patience are being taxed to the max and they are in a time crunch to get things done. Part of today’s discussion went like this:

Scott to Steve: “How much is that going to cost us?”

Steve: “About 15,000.”

Scott: “15,000, no way, we can’t afford that!.”

Steve: “Well that’s what it is, 15,000, I’m sure of it, I’ve worked the numbers over and over.”

Scott: “We can’t do it.”

Steve: “We’ll have to because that’s what it comes out to. We’ll just have to mak

e it work.”

Scott: “There’s no way we can afford it, not with five houses.”

Steve: “Well those are the numbers.”

Scott: “How could you have been so mistaken, how could you be so ‘OFF?’”

Steve: “What do you mean; it’s what we planned for?”

Scott: “No it’s not!”

Steve: “Yes it is!”

Dead silence.

Scott: “Wait a minute, wait a minute. Are you thinking in terms of dollars or rand?”

Steve: “We’re in South Africa; I have to make my calculations in rand.”

Scott: “OK, OK, we’re OK then. I was thinking in terms of dollars.”

Steve “You dummy”

Scott: “I’m the dummy!? You’re the dummy.”

Steve: “Give me a break."

Well, it’s onward and upward as these two speak their minds to each other, which is a good thing, or as Steve Horrex would say, “It’s all good.”


Wendy said...

Dan, I am so glad you are there blogging because we really needed your insight. You captured Scott and Steve perfectly. You all are being prayed for and we envy you. Wish we were there to share in the craziness of serving.

NYMart said...

It's so exciting to read what you guys are doing! Such a beautiful, tragic country with amazing people. Your blog took me to my ragged copy of Cry the Beloved Country. If you guys haven't read it, you must and if you have, you must read it again.

I took some quotes from my old beaten up copy:

"They go to Johannesburg, and there they are lost, and no one hears of them at all." Chapter 2, pg. 9

"I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find that we are turned to hating." Chapter 7, pg. 40

"Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear." Chapter 12, pg. 80

"We do what is in us, and why it is in us, that is also a secret. It is Christ in us, crying that men may be succoured and forgiven, even when He Himself is forsaken." Chapter 15, pg. 110

"It is not permissible to add to one's possesions if these things can only be done at the cost of other men. Such development has only one true name, and that is exploitation." Chapter 20, pg. 45

"I am a weak and sinful man, but God put His hands on me, that is all." Chapter 29, pg. 215

"I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering." Chapter 30, pg. 226

"When you go, something bright will go out of Ndotsheni." Chapter 33, pg. 248