Our Help with the Storage Room

Lorna, Marty, and Steve own a storage room.  In it, there are many things that they use for helping others.  In fact, the only reason they have this storage room is because they need it to keep the supplies they give to people.  Without this space, it would be very hard for them to do a lot of the work they do. Steve undertakes different tasks than Lorna and Marty, so his section of the storage room is used for something different.  His job is teaching people how to share the gospel… Read More

Some of the Ways Lorna and Marty Help

Lorna and Marty are two wonderful, selfless, sweet people with very big hearts.  They, and Lorna’s husband Reinaldo, have been very good friends for quite some time.  They all live in South Africa and  Lorna and Marty do the same work together.  There are several things that they do each day, and through what they do, they touch the lives of many, many people.  Here is a general idea of the work they accomplish. First of all, Lorna and Marty volunteer to teach English at a school in Capetown.  Every morning, at about… Read More

Danny in Cape Town

In Cape town, we met Lorna and Marty.  They help kids who often live in difficult conditions, and sometimes provide food and toys for them.  After we met them, we had breakfast with them, and then went to their storage room where all of the products that they give the kids are kept.  We helped organize a lot of their toys, cardboard, and recycling. During the week, we went to several homes with the kids they were helping. These homes are called Educares.  We enjoyed meeting and spending time with all of the kids. Each… Read More

The Daycare Women

There are several groups of women (about thirty groups in all) who have dedicated their homes and their hearts to providing a daycare for very young children who have no one else to take care of them during the day.  These women are hard-working, kind, strong, and dedicated to their job. Their jobs are not easy.  Every day, except for maybe one to two days a week, kids are dropped off at their home (sometimes very early in the morning; it depends on when their parents go to work) until sometime in… Read More

Our Help with the Daycares

For three days, Lorna and Marty took my family and I to several different daycares.  We hopped around from one to another each morning after giving our presentation at the school, and spent anywhere from 5-20 minutes at each home.  While Lorna and Marty checked on the women’s plants, the rest of us handed out “sweeties” (little gummie worms) to the kids.  The kids’ ages ranged from about 1 – 6 or 7 years old. I felt a lot of different things when going to all these different homes/daycares.  I was sad to… Read More

Day 312: Safari Highlights: Our Cheetah Encounter

This post is dedicated to the beautiful Cheetah we stumbled upon in Sabi Sabi, South Africa. We are thankful to our amazing tracker, Dollen, and our friendly, knowledgeable, fun guide Kosie, who were almost more excited than we were when we found him! Our Cheetah allowed us to watch him for a while and then, without warning, crouched low, became very alert, and shot off in pursuit of something.  It all happened so quickly and though we tried to find him again, he had just disappeared. Here is how we began our mornings,… Read More

Day 308: Julius and Irene When No One Else Would

“He has AIDS.  His mother doesn’t want him.  Nobody does.  Will you take him?” These are all too familiar words heard in the slums of Cape Town, South Africa by Irene and Julius.  Who are Irene and Julius?  I’m glad you asked, because I’d love to share their story! Nineteen years ago, an HIV positive mother, armed with a black plastic bag only, headed to the local train station with the intention of killing herself.  Community members contacted the police who picked up the woman, throwing the plastic bag into the back of… Read More

Day 306: Cape Town Area Highlights

In the midst of working alongside Lorna and Marty (When People Make a Difference), we were also able to spend our free time exploring the beauty of Cape Town, the beaches, and a few gorgeous wineries.  Here are a few photos from the beauty we experienced: Boulder’s Beach:  This area is gorgeous, with green/blue waters and tall mountainous backdrops.  Boulder’s Beach inherited its name because of the enormous granite boulders you’ll find on the sheltered beach areas.  It is also one of only two areas off the coast of Cape Town where you can stop… Read More

Day 302: When People Make a Difference

A few weeks ago, you may have read my post about ZOE International and making a difference in the lives of others, one hurting soul at a time.  If not, see ZOE and Sex Trafficking.  More recently, we were in Cape Town, South Africa and had the honor of meeting Lorna and Reinaldo, as well as Marty, three wonderful people who are working hard to make a real difference in and around the slum areas of Cape Town. They graciously met with us and from day one, were investing their time and energy… Read More

Day 300: South African Penguins

South Africa is stunningly beautiful for many different reasons.  We were very excited about finally visiting the destination we have sold to our clients for the past few years.  For some reason, though, the thought of seeing penguins in the wild really excited me and I could hardly wait to visit both Betty’s Bay and Boulders Beach, two of the only places that penguins breed. Here are a few shots from our time with them.  Make sure to visit our “Quick Tips” below. Quick Tips: 1.  Boulders Beach, located just 45 minutes… Read More