October has been an incredible month, one that was busier than we could have imagined! Since our arrival here in South Africa last month, this is the longest we have stayed in one place in nearly a year. We are so grateful for the support-raising process, meeting old and new friends, and sharing about our call to this amazing place, but we are equally grateful to be stationary now! Levi and Chloe especially have enjoyed the consistency of the same house and bed every night. They have both started pre-primary school this month and absolutely love it! Their school is about half a mile from our home, so its very convenient and works well with our increasingly full schedule.
God has already opened doors for us to build relationships in multiple areas of Knysna. Terrah has already started teaching music in two schools, one pre-primary (3-6 yr olds) and another primary school (up through grade 7). She is teaching choir, preparing to lead Christmas programs and for her students to participate in a community-wide carol sing that our Knysna Hope team is helping coordinate coming up in December. Terrah is simply overjoyed to be back in the classroom, sharing her passion and skill in music and building a quality program for kids that have never even sung in a group before. But more than that, she has the unique opportunity to share the Gospel every day she is in the classroom. Speaking openly about the Gospel in the schools is not prohibited for volunteer workers. Because of their unique skills and passions, Terrah and fellow Knysna Hope team members, Phil Golson and Wayne Schmidt, are in a total of 4 schools, opening doors into the lives of approximately 2,000 students. We are in awe at how God is moving so powerfully!
Caleb is focusing his time on two main areas of Knysna Hope. First, as a new Non-Profit Organization, he is working on setting up the infrastructure and processes necessary to begin using our NPO to effectively partner with and support local ministries and churches as they reach into each unique community of Knysna with the Gospel. This includes developing a website, setting up methods to receive donations directly for Knysna Hope projects (from both South Africa and abroad), and coordinating upcoming events. Secondly, it has been necessary to get an accurate picture of what the various ministries across Knysna are focusing on, and thereby gaining an understanding of where Knysna Hope may be able to offer assistance. So this month we have toured the townships, observed a local skills development center, helped distribute hot meals to those waiting (most of them all day) at a clinic for basic medical care, and have begun to build relationships with national pastors. We’re so excited to see how God is going to use Knysna Hope to advance His kingdom here in this amazing city!