Tuesday, our team drove out to help Ina, Dir. of the Global Impact Movement for CRU, do a children’s program at the orphanage in Guguletu which was started by Pastor Julius and his family. We spent lots of time playing soccer, jumping rope, doing crafts, singing songs, and helping with the lesson Ina had prepared. 26 kids, ranging from toddlers up to high schoolers, are cared for and given love and attention through these programs. We were moved by stories of the difficult lives these kids have endured and inspired by those who believe God has a great plan for them. In addition, we were given a driving tour around the city and were able to see beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean as we looked across toward Cape Town and Robben Island, the island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
We finished the night by having dinner with our missionaries, Jerrah and Tammy Jackson. We enjoyed spending time with them, encouraging them and playing with their two children, Rio and Kai. We gave them some gifts from home and saw their faces light up when they received books, toys, and the biggest bag of chocolate chips anyone has ever seen. It was encouraging to hear their story and how God is using them in this city.