Sunday, September 4, 2011

We Need Friends!

Guess what?! We have officially launched our 1000 Friends for South Africa Campaign. I guess you could say we are social media missionaries of sorts. If we can find 1000 Friends who will commit to just $10 or more a month, we will be fully funded for our first year in South Africa.

You can read about the budget, and why it costs so dang much in South Africa, on our website,

Truly, the more voices we carry with us to a country whose children have been discarded, the louder the message will be. We care about you.

Please consider supporting us. It could be the best $10 you ever spent.

You can sign up on our blog,

Thank you!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Take Away

I had  a dear friend ask me last night, “Why don’t you just go into the inner city and work with kids there? They need hope also.”

She’s right, they do need hope and love and attention. We had the privilege of helping at a church-sponsored sports camp for kids just off 5th Avenue in Columbus. There was about 130 kids  running, kicking, yelling, singing, dunking and having a good time. The camp was free, as was lunch. They heard about Jesus and God, and hopefully felt love from his followers who were there running the camp.

At a certain age, when you look into their eyes, especially the girls, you can see hope diminish. Abuse, poverty, hatred. They all start crushing their world at a young age.

This is what is looks like in the townships we visited in South Africa. Except,

-TAKE AWAY RUNNING WATER. Having a sink, faucet or refrigerator in your apartment would be a luxury.

-TAKE AWAY INDOOR PLUMBING. Add a port-a-john. But not one for each family. Add one for the block. And don’t count on it being clean.

-TAKE AWAY HOUSES. Take out the kitchen and the bathroom and the bedroom. In fact, take away the houses. Add cardboard and tin, maybe some barbed wire. Add one room, for everyone to share. Lock your house to keep out criminals? Ha!

-ADD AN 80% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. Take away all government sponsored assistance. There are no food stamps. There is no free medical care. In fact, medical clinics at all will be hard to come by. But that’s ok, you won’t be able to afford it anyway.

-TAKE AWAY EDUCATION. Right next to the park where the sports camp was being held in Columbus, was a brand new elementary school. Stained glass window, LED display on the grounds, modern layout, huge playground with trees and green grass. In some townships, kids walk to school for miles, others don’t bother going at all. That’s ok, there’s too many kids and too few teachers. The teachers are underpaid and exhausted. There are no levies to pass or government funds to help those schools. “You get what you pay for” is the motto. And if parents can’t pay than you’re out of luck.

-ADD APARTHEID, HATE and RACISM. The townships are an eyesore on a beautiful city. The haves and the have nots are blatantly obvious. Painful. Palpable. The wealth is impressive; the gold and diamond industry has been good to some in this country.

-ADD CRIME. Yes, the urban environment is rough. We saw some 9 millimeter shell casings scattered on the ground at the corner store. But, Cape Town was recently labeled as the 5th most dangerous city in the world to live in. If you know 1000 people in your area, expect 17 of them to be murdered this year. There is a saying that in Johannesburg, a “girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read.” Murder, rape, assault. It’s life.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Big News!

We FINALLY have a 'lil website that tells of our journey to South Africa. It also gives some background about the township communities we will be working in. I would be honored if you would share it. We are in the midst of the not-so-fun-fundraising. We are looking for people who would like to join us in the work in South Africa.

Kevin will be pioneering a sports ministry in each of the the 5 townships. We have so many rec leagues here, I can't imagine that 100,000 live in a place where there are very few organized sports for the kids! Imagine the potential to reach kids and the harder to reach teens.

I will be building relationships with the teen girls, who live in an environment where sexual assualt and sex trafficking is a common occurrence. I will also be working with Living Hope; helping to write stories about the wonderful work that is being done in Cape Town.

Our projected departure date is Novemnber, 2011. Of course, we need to raise about $98,000 to do so. EEEK!

The website is

Thank you!!