Archive for April, 2009

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What I’m Up To

April 29, 2009

Hey everyone, just wanted to update this, because I haven’t in a while.  Things are still going well here.  I can’t believe it’s been just about 2 months since I’ve been here.  I’m still teaching my 1st grade class. It’s still quite frustrating, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  This week is a 3 day work week, which is pretty awesome. We were off on Monday and are off on Friday.  You wouldn’t believe all of the public holidays this month (unless you are one of my South African friends who reads this).  April is like this, but the rest of the year isn’t.  Last Wednesday was a public holiday, so that everyone could go vote.  Sounds like a cool idea to me.  I wonder how it would go over in the U.S.   I got to go away for a little holiday (or vacation) this last weekend. It was a lot of fun.  We hardly did anything for 3 days, which was pretty much the point.  I have found out that I am afraid of horses in the dark and I run at the sound of baboons.  I also stayed far away of the cobra, while other guys were running to kill it. As I told my friend Bronwen, “I’m tough, but I’m not that tough.”  So that’s pretty much all going on right now. If you somehow miss my face and voice, here is a little something to tide you over :).  I did the announcements for church this last weekend. For the record, I did not give myself the nickname Captain America, but have humbly embraced it.

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Captain American Becomes a Father

April 15, 2009

So no, I didn’t get anyone pregnant. I have just been working at the Babies Home a lot lately.  At the creche I have to be “Teacher Taylor”, but at the Babies Home I get to be a dad.  Just so you know, not all of the kids at the Babies Home are orphans. Some have been taken away from their parents for one reason or another, and some have parents who just can’t take care of them anymore. Some are orphans though.  This last weekend I got to do the morning shift (which is 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) at the Babies Home on Friday and Easter Sunday.  Can you imagine having 12 kids all 5 years old and under? I can.  

There’s a caregiver who works at the same time as a volunteer, to make sure everything is clean, the food is ready, and that all of the kids have the right medicine (this is especially important, because over half of  them have HIV).  I am very grateful for the caregiver.  They always help me out and mostly just have me play with the kids outside or watch a movie on the couch.  They are also always right there with a baby and a bottle for me to feed.  Those are fun times.  Meal times are also fun as I get to feed the toddlers there food. This one little guy has slammed his meal right to the ground, out of the volunteer’s hand, two days in a row. 

Easter morning was pretty cool.  I got to take the 5 older kids to their Sunday school classes.  I then I had 5 tags in my possession to pick up each kid in their respective class.  I felt grown up walking away with all of the other parents.  Picking them up was a little different situation. I felt like a cattle hearder, trying to get the kids back to the Babies Home on the other side of the campus.  It was a great distance, some were harder to heard then others, but we braved the elements and finally arrived at our destination. 

All in all, it hasn’t been too bad.  I’ve only been pooped on once, spitten up on a few times, and no puke has made it’s way onto my clothes or body.  This stuff is definitely going to come in handy when I have kids. 

On another note, Ignite was awesome, even though I was sick most of the weekend and didn’t participate in much.  Hopefully I’ll be able to put the rules video I did on here.  It went to the theme of “Good Idea/Bad Idea” and I helped write it and got to narrate the whole thing.  My favorite was “Good Idea: Going for a swim with your friends in your new swim suit. Bad Idea: Going for a swim with your friends in your birthday suit.  No skinny dipping people! That’s just gross.”  I felt good enough to be Jesus in our little skit/dance thing on Friday night.  I had a few guys my age tell my they were weeping like a baby, so I guess it was pretty good. I’ll try to get video of that on here as well. 

Even though I didn’t really participate, Ignite was a success 🙂  About 120 people showed up.  They went out on two separate evangelism times and around 170 got saved total! That’s truly amazing. 120 people led 170 people to the Lord. Praise God!

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Dancing like Jesus, a Prophecy, and a Soccer Game

April 6, 2009

This weekend was quite a cool one.  I played my first soccer game in 19 years.  The two church teams played each other, an epic rivalry.  I didn’t expect to start, but was hoping to play at least a little of the game.  A few people were late, so I had to start. I ended up playing the whole game at left defense or whatever the actual name of the position is. The game was tied at 1 with 2 minutes left to go.  Our defense was set up at about the half-way line and the ball got kicked over our heads. I turned on the afterburners and was running as hard as this 24 year old man could.  I was a half step too slow as the ball got kicked into the goal in the final seconds of the game. What an amazing game. It was a bummer to lose, but a great first game in 19 years. I got a few steals and kicked a few out of bounds to slow their advance.  The team captain named me “Man of the Match”, which was really awesome.

Yesterday at church we had this husband and wife guest speakers from Wales who worked in the prophetic.  The man had a word of knowledge for 3 different people out of the 250 or so in the church, and I was one of them.  Just after he was praying for a group of our leaders, he walked right up to me and said something like “there is no ceiling to you” or “there is no ceiling to what God’s gonna do in you”. It was something along those lines.  It was really humbling, yet very inspiring.

I started growing a beard last weekend in Zimbabwe, because I didn’t want to go through the hastle of shaving on the trip. It was a good thing I am still growing it, because I am playing Jesus in a drama/dance thing this Saturday night for an youth/Easter event.  Some of you may have seen it before. It goes to the song  “Everything” by Lifehouse. I was hesitant to do it, because I’ve seen it done a ton of times before. I decided to do it, because it is so powerful and will affect a ton of people. Plus I never turn down a chance to dance!  Here’s a version that is close to what we are doing. Ours is less sexual though 🙂