The South Africa Mission Team learned a whole lot about themselves on their trip to Cape Town - and found some things surprising too. Here's what the team shared:
Overwhelming kindness and happiness in the people here. Making the best out of a bad situation. Also surprised in myself. Digging deep, working hard.
How the people can still be so positive after all they have been through.
The amount of joy and hope the people of Ocean View still hold onto even with all the hardships.
Everyone is so nice and inviting!
The links between Ocean View and Simon’s Town.
The amount of passion people of Ocean View have. How strong they are in their faith.
The grace our group shows in spite of being uncomfortable.
How much this feels like home. I feel comfortable here, happy. And I don't think my time in South Africa is done.
People rising to the occasion!
Immediate and repeating juxtaposition of very, very poor and well-off on the streets, in the neighborhoods in the field of play.
I've forgotten all the pettiness at home. Also, how much similarities I've noticed between colored South Africans displaced and Alaska Native people.
How nice everyone is!
Ocean View/Simon’s Town feels like coming home.
Connections I have made with the people here. I feel like I have known them all for years. I have already fell in love with this place!
The openness of those I have been among, being able to share deep parts of themselves in front of others in powerful.
I thought I was living a relatively Christian life back home; but upon reflection, there are many areas that I need to work on.
The similarities between the community of Ocean View and us.
Our youth have surprised me with their really great focus on the tasks at hand and their dedication to getting the jobs done.