Saturday was our Leader's Braai. We had a great turnout and lots of fun, food and fellowship. We had boerwoers (Afrikaans for farmer's sausage) on the braai (grill). There were leaders from many different churches. This was a year end event to get together and get to know each other better. We played a game called Cranium, which is a mix of pictionary, charades, spelling, true & false and multiple choice questions, and much much more! I think a good time was had by all.
Coming up next is Thanksgiving on Thursday. We will get together as a team and have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, although we will probably swim, which is finally seeming normal after coming from the Northern US and hoping Thanksgiving would bring with it some snow.
The next Word of Life event is Summer Camp. Please pray for us as we prepare. It has been interesting with the staff coming and going to see that everything is covered. Brad found a venue and began plans for camp, leaving lists for others returning from the States. Everyone is very familiar with what has to happen to make camp happen, so please just pray that it runs smoothly! Camp is Dec. 11-15. Brad will be returning around 6:30 am the day that camp starts, so it will be a busy week for him with jet lag!
Thank you, also, for your prayers for Marissa. She is completely back to normal now after temp shot up to 105 F a couple of times, but with a few days of extra rest she is ready to talk and play all day. She has mastered skip counting by 2 and a new reading book.
Brandon is working on learning freestyle swimming, and will be a wise man in his play this weekend. He frequently asks how much longer till Daddy comes home and we have made a calendar so we can mark off the days.
Thank you, again, for your prayers!
Mary, for the fam
Brad, Mary, Brandon & Marissa Hawkins