Finally, some time to breathe. On Wednesday night, Darin dropped my dad off at the airport. We absolutely LOVED having him here both before and after his training in the Barberton area, but having an extra body in the house, no matter how loved that person is, adds to the chaos that is everyday life. Normally, we plan things so that we have a bit of time to regroup after having visitors, but life doesn’t always go as planned.
On Wednesday evening, while we were having a final meal with my dad, Crystal Paine, also known as Money Saving Mom, was arriving in South Africa with her family and one of her managers, Brian (who is the son in law of Ken Davis AND has slept in the Dutch Inn in Edgerton Minnesota, which Darin’s parents used to own!!! Small world.) Thursday morning, we got up, got the kids out the door to school and started getting ourselves and Amo ready for a day of fun with the Paine gang and the Take Action team.
|Crystal with the tray Peet from Butterfly made for her birthday|
Our first stop was Butterfly Change for Children, which is a baby home and a training centre for crèches and Early Childhood Development Centres. It is also where the pallet wood project workshop is currently located. When Crystal had visited in January, the pallet wood project was still in the formative stages. Now we were able to show the workshop and actual items that have been handcrafted from reclaimed pallet wood. Super exciting stuff.
|Brain and his SAvival kit|
After the tour, we headed to the Distribution Centre for lunch and to listen to my main man, Darin Fey, give an overview of the operations side of Take Action Ministry, especially all that happens via the distribution centre. Darin did great; much better than I would have done. I was a bit preoccupied with Amo, who was having a rough morning, but she did finally calm down. After lunch, we packed up our vehicles with people and some furniture, which was going to be put in place at the new Early Childhood classroom at Reagoboka Drop-in centre, one of our Take Action community partners.
|Being greeted by the children|
|Little ones and teachers seeing their classroom for the first time.|
|Reagoboka kids gathered outside of the finished 2 classroom building!!|
|The gang's all here!|