Hello from South Africa! Sawubona is “hello” in isiZulu. Literally translated it means, “I see you”.
Here’s a quick note about our arrival in South Africa and how we’re getting settled in at Lily of the Valley.
We arrived in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, October 29. Both of our flights went smoothly, and yes, all of our luggage arrived with us. We were met by Ammi and Elizabeth Saayman. Elizabeth is the short term coordinator for the SIM South Africa office. Elizabeth arranged for lodging during our 4 days in Johannesburg, and they hosted us for several meals, plus shared their insights about life in South Africa. On the afternoon of our arrival Ammi took Mike to shop for a suitable vehicle for our work at Lily of the Valley. With his help and knowledge, we found and purchased a 2009 Nissan Livina on Wednesday afternoon. It was ready for us to drive off the lot on Friday, and on Saturday morning we set out on the six hour drive south to our new home; Lily of the Valley Children’s Village.
The Livina is a small car, but it has a big ‘boot’ and ours has roof rails to which we fitted cross bars to accommodate extra luggage. Amazingly, we managed to get our 8 large pieces of luggage; which were all at the maximum size and weight for airline checked baggage; plus 4 smaller bags, 2 backpacks, 2 purses, and more, into or on top of our little Livina. Eliana and Eden showed their true colors by making the six hour drive without complaint; even though they shared the back seat with two backpacks, a small suitcase and a large duffel bag.
On arrival we were met and warmly welcomed by new friends as well as friends from our visit here in 2011. Even though we’d already been in Africa for four days, we finally felt like our traveling was over and we had reached our destination.
Our first week here at Lily of the Valley was a busy one. We made several shopping trips to get things we needed to set up our household, and to get at least one of our phones working here. We’ve participated in the weekday prayer meetings with the staff each morning, and met with the people that we will be working most closely with. We are still figuring out what our roles and duties will be here at Lily, and trying to find the best ways for us to contribute during our first nine months here.
We are very pleased by the obvious desire of the folks here to serve the Lord and the children in our care faithfully; and to do all of it in a manner that is based on the principles of God’s Word. The challenges here are great, and the needs are many, so complete dependence on our Lord is essential.
Many thanks to all of you who helped bring us to South Africa through your prayers and financial support. We look forward to sharing with you what God is doing here at Lily over the coming months.
You can get more frequent updates on our Facebook ministry page: facebook.com/RosenbauersInSouthAfrica We try to post something every couple of days, and we’ve recently added photos from our trip. Please join so you’ll get notifications when we post!
Mike, Lori, Eliana and Eden