Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tamaran Van Der Leek

This beautiful young lady is Tamaran Van Der Leek.  Soon to be Mrs. Francois Koch.  We feel in love with Tamaran and all of the Van Der Leek Family right from the beginning of our
mission.  The Van Der Leek family was the first Afrikaans family we met.  Up until they moved to Bethlehem, they fed the senior couples and local jr. missionaries every Thursday night.  We quickly grew to love them for their kindness and loving spirit.

Angry Birds in South Africa

Last year it was the minions.  This year it is angry birds.  It is so much fun to look for these on the side of the road as we travel to Welkom.  These angry bird characters are made out of round bales of hay covered in colored plastic, just like the minions from last year.   Someone here is very creative.  It makes for fun on a long trip.  We are no longer going to Welkom most weeks like we use to.  We now go to Kimberly for DDMs.  (District Develop Meetings).

When we were coming home from one of our last trips to Welkom we decided to go down the road that is right by the angry birds.  We were surprised to find this minion in a helicopter.  He is so cute and so much fun to look at.  (At least we now know how the minions got here to South Africa.) Fun!  Fun!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bloemfontein Zone Activities Rugby

One advantage of going all over the free state and Bethlehem and Phuthaditjhaba is that we get to be involved with missionaries from lots of different districts and three zones.  The young missionaries seem to like the Senior Missionary couple.  I am not sure if it is the fact we feed them so often or if we are mom and dad substitutes but they invite us to participate in their activities quite often.
On Saturday March 14, 2015 we got a phone call that proved to be an opportunity to check off one of the things on our South African bucket list.   Shortly after arriving in South Africa it became quite apparent that South Africans love their sports as much, if not more than we American do.  The two sports that appear to be top on the list are rugby and soccer.   Attending a professional rugby game became one of our bucket list items.