Doreen Davids on “What Easter Means To Me.”

I recently had the wonderful privilege to conduct an interview with one of the visitors who booked in at the mission for the Easter weekend and I could ask her some questions about what she believes Easter is about. Here is her story:

“The ‘Passion of the Christ’ really shows you something of what Jesus went through for us. Easter is very important in my life-to see what Jesus went through; it makes you more humble to help other people that are less fortunate than you are.”

This senior woman agreed that Jesus was unique and the reason for the season. “When you ask people what Easter is about, they say they don’t know. And when I opened my eyes again, there were Easter eggs! And you know, pickled fish has always been a tradition among the colored people, also because you can travel with it because it can’t go off.”

Mrs. Davids clearly stated to me that she was not yet saved, but from our conversation, she definitely knows what Christianity is about! She has had people tell her that they all serve the same god, and she would tell them that they’re wrong; we do not all serve the same God! “Many of today’s Christians still keep some of the ‘smaller items’ like keeping a picture of the virgin Mary or still having a separate temple to another god.”

As my conversation with this Capetonian woman progressed, she says, “People tend to turn to God only when the going gets tough-only when they need help. But when they have money and everything is running smoothly for them, they forget about God.”

That was Doreen Davids’ story on Easter. She believes it’s about Jesus resurrecting from the dead, not Easter Eggs and Chocolate Bunnies.

Thank you for reading, please comment your thoughts…

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First Aid with ME!

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Passover weekend is next weekend and I am helping with first aid! I’ve always wanted to become a doctor but due to some complications, it seems like I won’t be able to do it… 😥

Since, it’s still a strong desire of mine, I involve myself in emergency first aid on the mission and I enjoy working under somebody else. Milton plays the doctor and I play the nurse and it’s a lot of fun—and with every emergency case, it makes me wish I could become a doctor.

Here’s a first aid story:

“One of the dorm guys came and called us to say that an aunty had fallen and gotten hurt. So Michah and I hurried to gather a few things, as I hadn’t taken the first aid thing very seriously yet. We ran down to her room and found her with a bruised knee (phew!). When she said that she felt like she was going to faint, I thought: ‘Oh, Lord, please not now!’ I had sent somebody to fetch Milton for help and some more supplies, and he came in a few seconds later. But while Michah and I had to handle this situation, I started cleaning the wound and asked her for toilet paper. She hurriedly got some and gave it to me all folded up in a ball. She made sure that she got herself out of the room as quickly as possible and was of no help during the rest of the emergency!! When Milton came, he handed me a pair of gloves (I didn’t have) and scolded me for not having put on gloves before starting. Then he started telling me how and what to do. I really liked the idea that I’m working under somebody, that way I don’t need to be responsible for any complications! He talked me through the whole thing and when we came to dealing with the loose skin, he’s like: “And now, pull off the skin with a jerk!” I looked at him, horrified :-0 and said: “No way! You can do that!” He then tried it and soon realized that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea! And during all of this, Michah was standing outside the door, chatting to the other lady there…not wishing to see or hear anything about blood, and yet, this lady was telling her all about her own nursing experiences! Walking home that night, I knew what I wanted to become-a doctor! Some of my friends think I’ve lost that desire, but believe you me, I would still like to pursue that career. The study duration is just way too long (6 yrs)—dad thinks I’ll get married before I finish college—and it’s almost impossible to get into a university if your grades aren’t sky-high!

Anyway, I enjoy the first aid more than anyone would know and it means more to mean to be able to help in that way than anyone will guess. I’m thinking of doing a short course on first aid along with my journalistic courses; that is, if the Lord doesn’t want me to do teaching!!!  😉

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Flee Not Fight!

Verse for the weekend: 2 Timothy 2:22

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You may have noticed that Timothy does not tell us to stand and fight temptation, but to rather flee it altogether. That is because sometimes, temptations and youthful passions look so appealing that it blinds our common sense-that 6th sense that helps us to know what is wrong-and we end up falling into it instead of fighting it. Therefore, ‘flee the wrong and do the right’ this weekend!

Enjoy your weekend in a God-filled way!

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Thunder & Lightning!

We tend to look past the “large, every-day” happenings. And although we don’t get thunder and lightening every day, we still sometimes over-look it.

We had a heavy storm on Sunday evening and I tried to capture it from my front door, but couldn’t. I only got a photo that illuminates the garage door, showing the light!

“I was up in the sound room having a mini lesson with our technician when the lightening first struck. We could see the light through one of the windows in the roof and was it a sight to behold. Shouting over the thunder to hear each other, Milton realized that we would have a power cut soon. And did it happen! With another thunder and lightening bolt, our lights went out and we were left in complete darkness! It was amazing…Milton jumped into action and tried the switches and moved a table while complaining: “I didn’t even have my tea yet!”

I waited with them for a while, actually hoping to catch a lift in Milton’s light when he leaves, but it didn’t seem like he was too anxious to leave, so I tried finding my way out in the dark. I walked cautiously to where the door was supposed to be, hoping that it wasn’t open-I would then walk right out and fall down the stairs! As I reached the (closed!) door, opening it, I saw another gigantic flash of lightening! It was absolutely astounding! Just as I paused to watch with admiration this great lightening  bolt flashing like crazy before my eyes, I heard Milton shout over the thunder’s racket: “Shimei! Where’s Shimei?” He hurried to the door and found me staring at this awesome scenery. I turned to give him a look of amazement at what was happening out there, instead, he mistook that look for a fearful one and started laughing at me: “You’re scared!?” I quickly replied, in my defense, “No, but I mean, look at this!”

I hurried home and arrived half-soaking at home. Mom, Michah and Eldane’ stared questioning me about where I was in this storm! Mom had sent sms’s to Milton, aunty Premie and aunty Anita asking where I was. They all eventually replied that I wasn’t with them…Milton came to our house, and when I opened the door, said: “Oh, so they found you!” Of course, I was like *was I lost?*

Anyway, I tried taking some pictures just from my doorway, but kept missing it. Here are some of my attempts:

The darkness of night...

The darkness of night…

The illuminated version of the darkness of night!

The illuminated version of the darkness of night!

Our Hidden Comedian—Premie

Today I was able to interview aunty Premie and we came up with some interesting and hilarious things about her that she didn’t pay much attention to…unfortunately I couldn’t get a descent photo before my battery died, but will post some soon. Here is her story:

In 2006, she first came to the mission with her mom and dad. After a while she decided that this is where she wants to help and so, in 2007 she was an official helper at the mission. Like most beginnings, her beginning was humble and small and started in the bathrooms—cleaning; then the kitchen—cooking; and then reception—secretarial work. And then in 2008, aunty Annelie (Co-Founder of the Mission) asked aunty Premie to help out at the Radio station (GNCR 93.6fm) with presenting and managing programs. Her words to aunty Premie were something to this effect: “When you are faithful in little things, God adds to your responsibilities…” She then started work at the radio and continues to work there to this day and prefers to fix things on the radio than managing the programs! Around 2012, they officially became co-workers.

Here are some FACTS about her:

1. Loves cleaning.

2. Dresses according to what is comfortable-very practical!

3. Loves loving kids and watching them from afar!

4. Loves watching movies.

5. Loves taking photo’s of her parents when they are asleep.

6. Loves experimenting with foods—turning a recipe into a new recipe!

7. Remembers a person’s face but not their name.

8. Once forgot the next presenter’s name while on air!

9. Melted the oil bottle and 2 bowls by the stove.

10. Cannot bake—they turn out to be rocks!

11. Always puts too much salt in her food.

12. Loves presenting programs on air.

13. Doing journalistic research.

14. She has some comical staff members…

15. Loves flowers!!!

Her Favorite Animals include:

1. puppies

2. kittens

3. fish

4. birds (especially Vinod’s birds, Max and Maxi!)

Two of her favorite/most common sayings are:

1. “I don’t want to be used & abused!” —in work terms

2. “If you’re in doubt, leave it out!”

Aunty Premie cooked the most wonderful chicken curry with rice today for the mission’s Sunday Lunch and it was absolutely lovely! Even though her baking might not be spot-on, her cooking is amazing and she plays around with her spices like I would never be able to…

We thank God for her and her parents’ help on the mission—they’re a real blessing and a great help to the Lord’s work. An interview with her parents should be coming up soon…

Stay tuned for more interviews and remember: “When in doubt, leave it out!”

Thanks for reading!

A Party and a Drowning!

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Birthday Girl

The day before yesterday was Eldane’s 10th birthday and the Lord blessed us with wonderful weather, despite a bit of windiness. We held our party outside on our “stoep” (porch), set up with a steel table covered with a lovely white and pink tablecloth and set all the eats out on it. the party was supposed to start at 9:30 but things were busy and not all our guests arrived on time..(ahem, Raven and Vinod!) When the party finally got started, photos were taken, a prayer prayed, and gifts handed to her. Then we moved out to the porch and lit the sparkling candle! More photos…I took some great action shot pictures of our guests and hosts biting into their cake or acting weird/funny. Here are some:

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Extravagant Birthday Cake

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An outdoor party table…

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Nadia presents us with her own creation: a coffee cake topped with coffee icing and almonds with marshmallows in the middle-covering up a secret surprise of coffee-flavored sweets!

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Sharing a “Thank you” hug after presenting Eldane’ with her gift.

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Milton: What have we here?! Mom: Would somebody PLEASE KEEP HIM AWAY FROM THE TABLE!

Two guys + 1 cake = one huge fight!

Two guys + 1 cake = one huge fight!

Another photography at work

Another photographer at work

Awaiting the start of the "cake-eating race."

Awaiting the start of the “cake-eating race.”

"Mom, the candle won't be 'litten'."

“Mom, the candle won’t be ‘litten’.”

"There's the candle litten at long last."

“There’s the candle litten at long last.”

"Happy Birthday to yoooou!"

“Happy Birthday to yoooou!”

Aunty Anita: "Raven! Come here for a photo, boy!  Raven: *Running away*

Aunty Anita: “Raven! Come here for a photo, boy!
Raven: *Running away*

Milton: "It's no big deal to pose for a photo, man! You just need to strike up an amazing pose!"

Milton: “It’s no big deal to pose for a photo, man! You just need to strike up an amazing pose!”

Raven: "No, I think this is my best side..."

Raven: “No, I think this is my best side…”

Milton: "Ag sies man!"

Milton: “Ag sies man!”

"1, 2, 3, BLOW!"

“1, 2, 3, BLOW!”

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Annoying brothers are everywhere!

Annoying brothers are everywhere!

Milton: "Can we start now, aunty!"

I missed that joke big time!

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Eldane': "No, mom; I don't want them to feed me!"

Eldane’: “No, mom; I don’t want them to feed me!”

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"Let me just see what's going on here..."

“Let me just see what’s going on here…”

Milton's cake

Milton’s cake

Unsuspecting me!

Unsuspecting me!

"Let's cut this cake!"

“Let’s cut this cake!”

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Jean: “I found a colored straw!”

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“…not bad…”

Sun in the shade!

Fun in the shade!

Ben-Joshua: "Take that, mam!"

Ben-Joshua: “Take that, mam!”

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YUM!

YUM!

YUM YUM!

YUM YUM!

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The Drowning

We went to uShaka after the party and thoroughly enjoyed the wet n wild part. I wacked my head sliding down the lowest of the 3 highest slides and still feel the pain! But the worst part was when we discovered the Torpedo slide. You slide down a tube and then shoot out into a “candy-floss bowl,” but in my case it felt more like a volcano’s mouth! Then you slide around in the “volcano mouth” and finally drop down into the pool below. Now, to understand my predicament: I can’t swim. I have a phobia of deep/lots of water. I can’t be under water without holding my nose to block the water. I didn’t want to go on the slide. So, dad said he’ll preach about us if we are too “chicken-ish” not to slide, so I went; saying: “I’m going to regret this!” before I went down the tube. When I shot out onto the “bowl,” I had my eyes closed and my nose blocked. I just heard some people laughing at me as they watched me slide around and around. I eventually flopped into the pool (not knowing how deep it really is) and couldn’t touch bottom! My hair was in my face, my hand was blocking my nose, I kept going under water and I hadn’t practiced breast-stroke swimming because it hurts my back…aunty Anita finally (it felt like 5 minutes) got a proper hold of me and I got to the side. Dad and aunty Anita asked if I was OK and I told them straight: “No!”

I’m never going back on that slide and strongly un-recommend it to those who can’t swim, have a phobia of closed-in spaces or water, and have to hold their noses to block them under water!

Every time I tell somebody about it, I tell them that I almost drowned on the same slide that dad fractured his heel!

Nobody believed me that day that I really felt like I was drowning—they thought I was putting it on!

It’s great to experience another day alive!!!