February 23, 2013
A day at an amusement park in downtown Cape Town might not seem like the typical place to spend your time when on a mission trip for 10 days. I can say now that it was such a sweet time with people that mean so much to all of us.
Lumka, Kennedy, Phillis, and all of their families were picked up early this morning from Red Hill to meet us and then head to Ratanga Junction. From the moment we stepped out of the Quantum’s at the amusement park there was pure joy on all of their faces. They were excited for the day and ready to jump on every ride that they possibly could. While riding rides and eating junk food was fun, the time spent in meaningful conversations was so precious to all of us.
As an LSE that serves in Red Hill with Lumka, Kennedy, and Phillis day in and day out, I understand the tiredness and stress that comes even with the joy and blessings. They are such fearless leaders in their community and spend most of their time serving and tending to other peoples needs. They all have such big hearts for not only people, but for seeing those around them truly understand the importance of having a personal relationship with our heavenly Father.
When we returned to the team house tonight we all were able to share about today and any special moments that we shared with all of their families. Lesli shared a story with us about Phillis and it made my heart so happy. Phillis looked at her at some point during the day and pointed to her head and said, “today I have no stress and no worry up here.” This is exactly the kind of day we wanted them to have. A day that they could go out with their families and simply enjoy each other.
It was such a blessing for me and the whole team to be able to see them spend their day without a worry. To be able to go to a place and have a day full of fun and excitement was something that I think they will hold dear to their hearts for a long time. It also gave us all a chance to spend the day having fun and getting to know one another better then we did before.
Today was a lot more then going to an amusement park and riding tons of rides. It was a day filled with intentional moments, laughter, and the simple joy of sharing life with one another. I believe that moments like today remind us how much we are alike, and how we are apart of such a greater story then we could ever imagine.
Claudia McDivitt/RHCC Missionary serving in Red Hill