Call Me Hope

Fun little video I found while reading some of my missionary blogs I follow.  I loved it!  Especially the end….  stop the pity.  unlock the potential.  Awesome!

 

Recovering Homeschool Mom

I have been a homeschooling mom for the past 5 years.

And this year, it all changes!

We have decided to put all 3 of our children in local schools, for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one is that after nearly six years living in South africa, I really feel drawn to spend more time at Seed of Hope.   Read More…

Enter 2013

To the surprise of few, the world continued its uninterrupted streak of existence over the holidays.  In honour of its (and our) survival, I’ve compiled a short list of events and developments I’m excited about in 2013.

  1. Mudman Triathlon Series:  The Live Out Loud boys and I have been training almost daily through the school holidays, and it’s been amazing to see the improvement in all our swimming.  We received a donation of used mountain bikes in December, so the pieces of the puzzle are coming together!  Watch for updates!
  2. Seed of Hope‘s 10th Anniversary:  In 2003, Derek and Heather Liebenberg launched their ministry in Bhekulwandle, with a few enthusiastic and hard-working friends/volunteers and faith for financial provision.  This September we’ll host a community celebration marking the incredible growth and transformation we’ve seen in the past decade.  It’s going to be a milestone to remember. Read More…

Sad little girl update

We still didn’t get much of a smile out of her, but she was discharged from the hospital just in time to come to our Seed of Hope kids Christmas party.  We made sure there was a present with her name on it.  She stood in the queues to get some love from Father Christmas and receive her gift.  She tried to join in with games as much as she could or stood to the side to watch the festivities when she didn’t feel up to playing.

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Risk

South Africa holds the distinction of being ranked #4 in a list of 2012’s most dangerous countries. Sadly, we also hold the title of rape capital of the world with 118 rapes per 100,000 people, and the murder rate is among the highest in the world.

Most of the time, we don’t really focus on these troubling statistics or even think about them at all.  However, Carl does occasionally send me e-mail links to newsjust to help me stay alert.  We do not live in fear…but sometimes when the crime strikes close to home, it causes you to evaluate where you are and why you are here.   Read More…

“Who’s Looking After the Kids?”

November wasn’t a typical month in the life of the Waldron household.  With a 3-week trip booked for HopeShares (Seed of Hope’s Canadian partner), I we preparing final details in late October when we learned that Michelle’s dad, Ray, would need heart surgery.  A handful of complex health concerns meant that although the surgery would not be major, the situation was worrisome.  Mish and I spent a few days talking through the options, and eventually I said “I think you need to go – for your sake and your parents’.” Read More…

Inches and Kilometres

I recently read a story about a little boy who had just learned about inches in school.  He and his family were going on a road trip to Capetown and he wanted to know how many “inches it was to Capetown.”  Well, the family lived in Durban, which is 1750 kilometers from Capetown!!  The Mom tried to convince him that he shouldn’t measure such long distances with such a small measurement, but he was determined to know the inches!

I was struck with how we do the same thing – we view our life and our circumstances with what we know and understand – our own little measuring stick…

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Ironmen

It’s our first pool training day, and I’m buzzing with excitement.  Eleven teenage Bhekulwandle boys are about to swim for the first time.  Ryan, one of their mentors, and I are going to teach them!  My imagination leaps ahead a few months. In March, 2013, we’ll cross the finish line of the Mudman Triathlon together, and this undertaking will be the makings of an inspirational story – who knows, maybe even a movie? The newspaper reporter is here, and she takes our first picture beside the pool and writes a few quotes in her notebook.  A brief moment later we’re in the water – where amidst the gasping and floundering I’m just relieved we took the photo already. This is going to be way tougher than I thought.

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Mondli

A face that has graced Seed of Hope’s grounds from the beginning…Mondli. He is now in high school, facing the peer pressures of drugs, sex, crime, disrespect, etc… but daily he is at SOH by 2:45pm, so that he is on time for our 3pm After School Class. He is usually the first student there. Read More…

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