team swazi::: makayla babcock

All my life, I have been someone who plans extensively for the future and constantly tries to decipher what is coming next in my life. I have felt the need to be in control of what is happening next. Being on this missions trip to Eswatini, we served at CarePoints where it was neccessary to be present in every small moment and be in constant communication with Jesus as I loved on the kids there. Going to Eswatini resulted in a change of mindset in my life that has deepened my relationship with God. I have learned to enjoy the small things, whether the joyful laughter of a child at the carepoints...

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team swazi::: delilah froese

 Greater lessons (As our time in Swaziland has come to an end I keep on trying to think of the lessons I’ve learned and how this trip has changed me, honestly I first came to a blank but then I looked at the small things that turned out to be greater lessons. At the carepoints there were so many amazing little personalities that we hungry for love and attention and I find it amazing that I was able to give that to them but honestly I took back so much more from them than I could ever give. They taught me to be joyful and live in the moment, being kind is so valuable to other people,...

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team swazi::: maria croyle

Here I am in the airport waiting to board my 15 hour flight. It felt like only a few days ago that I was in this same airport waiting in anticipation to take off for South Africa. This whole journey has taught me some valuable lessons that I will never forget and will definitely put into practice back in the States. I have learned how to slow down my busy life and spend more time with my Heavenly Father. I have learned to appreciate the little things in life like a smile or laugh or a touch of a kid’s hand in yours. I have also learned how to be honest and vulnerable to people. But most...

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team swazi::: serena michal hansen

Last Day in Africa Well, this is it. The last day. It’s all so exciting and all so depressing at the same time. On one hand, yes, I’m so ready to see my mom, dad, my siblings, and my dog (who I can imagine is not very happy with me right now.) However, on the other hand, there is so much I can’t imagine just not having. Like I want to be awaken by the African sunrise at four in the morning every, and I want to spend most all day playing with kids. Going home means I won’t wake up and have KJ under me; it means I won’t be able to do Sunrise Yoga with Mackenzi, Abby,...

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team swazi::: emma williams

Wow this month just blew past! As I prepare to return home, I’m overwhelmed with how many life lessons and growth opportunities I’ve been blessed with. For example, the airline lost my luggage and I was forced to live without any of my own clothes or items for a month, while that may seem like the biggest inconvenience for anyone, it was actually one big blessing in disguise, It feels as if god was trying to show me that I don’t need anything to spread his love.  Where do I even start with my team??? I’m so so so incredibly blessed to have been paired with the most...

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team swazi::: jabin jones

An “uncharted adventure”. That’s what God has been speaking to me as I’m preparing to go home. This experience is one that only our Heavenly Father could have orchestrated together. The many laughs and the shedded tears our team shared is something I will never forget. This next chapter of my life is uncharted and that could be daunting to some, but as for me I’m ready to chase the adventure, to experience all the highs and lows that come with the risk. That’s what this trip has shown me: that when we let the Holy Spirit lead our lives into the unknown we...

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