Monthly Archives: August 2013

South Africa

It was very, very cold the day I arrived. With the stormy wind and the rain I felt like having arrived in stormy autumn Holland.

With a blanket cover against the cold drinking a cup of coffee after a church cell group meeting in the church that Louis and Erna Tolkamp attend.

With a blanket cover against the cold drinking a cup of coffee after a church cell group meeting in the church that Louis and Erna Tolkamp attend.

But no, the next day it was nice and sunny and I could sit in the garden of my friends to relax in the sun. And ever since we have had very nice weather. Although in the house in the evenings it is cold and I am wearing my sweater.

Friday I went with Erna Tolkamp to Tsitsikamma National Park where we had a climb to the suspension bridges and had some good views on the Indian Ocean.

High waves of the Indian Ocean

High waves of the Indian Ocean

A calmer Indian Ocean

A calmer Indian Ocean

 

One of the suspension bridges seen from afar

One of the suspension bridges seen from afar

The three suspension bridges

The three suspension bridges

Canoes in the waves

Canoes in the waves

The waves are too high for one of the canoes.

The waves are too high for one of the canoes.

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Erna Tolkamp on one of the suspension bridges

High waves

Southern boubou

Southern boubou

Rock hyrax

Rock hyrax

Two rock hyraxes. And later there were even more.

Two rock hyraxes. And later there were even more.

High waves

High waves

A big bull elephant

Saturday was another great day. Addo Elephant National Park. We saw a lot of elephants with a lot of babies as well. And some other animals.

Protected by his family

Protected by his family

Another cute little baby

Another cute little baby

One tiny baby

One tiny baby

One big bull elephant

One big bull elephant

Secretary bird

Secretary bird

Hadada ibis, a very noisy bird

Hadada ibis, a very noisy bird

Unknown black bird

Unknown black bird

Kudu female

Kudu female

This is funny. Marsh turtles sticking their heads out of the water to face the sun

This is funny. Marsh turtles sticking their heads out of the water to face the sun

A land tortoise

A land tortoise

A meerkat on the lookout

A meerkat on the lookout

Zebra

Another zebra

Bushpig

Bushpig

Fleeing...

Fleeing…

...this big guy

…for this big guy

Sunday afternoon was for a walk on the beach of Jeffreys Bay.

This 9 year old had captured a 13-15kg fish with the help of his father

This 9 year old had captured a 13-15kg fish with the help of his father

Monday I went with Louis Tolkamp to Hankey, to see the biggest sundial in South Africa, enjoy the view and a walk to a small waterfall.

Donkeys in Hankey

Donkeys in Hankey

Louis enjoying the view on Hankey

Louis enjoying the view on Hankey

The view on Hankey

The view on Hankey

The sundial

The sundial

The sundial a bit closer

The sundial a bit closer

During our walk to the waterfall

During our walk to the waterfall

Funny sight on our walk back. 50-60 crickets all walking the same direction.

Funny sight on our walk back. 50-60 crickets all walking the same direction.

Yesterday and this morning was more community work. Yesterday I visited the Joshua Project where Louis and Erna work. They were starting a new project, gardening. And all the boys, and two girls, who come to the project in the morning were given a very small plot where they will plant some of their own food.

The boys started working straight away

The boys started working straight away

One boy had a chameleon

One boy had a chameleon

And this morning I went with people of one of the churches in Jeffreys Bay to hand out food parcels in the township.

Jeffreys Bay township

Jeffreys Bay township

 

Hectic times in Adi

Since the middle of May I have been back in Adi and it have been hectic times. It was okay for me to return to DR Congo after the insecurity was high in the middle of April. After a good time in Kampala I went back and entered again through Aru where I met up with Kokole Idring’i, our church president. He had just come from Adi and said it was okay for me to return. Before I returned I joined CECA 20 medical people in their district meeting (Adi and Aru district). I could have a lift after that to go home.
That Sunday we had the installation of the section pastor and his deputy. I wanted to be there and I could. It was a great service (19 May).

Reverend Yuma Balonge with behind him his wife.

Reverend Yuma Balonge with behind him his wife.

The whole section team. Mama Balonge is the second woman from the right.

The whole section team. Mama Balonge is the second woman from the right.

During a hectic period in the end of June and the beginning of July we mourned two deaths. One of the was Araba Opu, father of Anite, my househelp; the other one was Mama Balonge, who died of a heart attack. Both deaths were a blow to many and they are missed by the whole community.

Rev Araba Opu David, Anite's father

Rev Araba Opu David, Anite’s father

Mama Balonge with her granddaughter Sifa

Mama Balonge with her granddaughter Sifa

There were scary moments as well when a snake roamed just outside my office window. It was killed by one of my workers. I still am not sure if it was a poisonous green mamba or a look-alike not poisonous green snake.

The green snake: green mamba or not poisonous???

The green snake: green mamba or not poisonous???

The primary school kids who live at the child rescue center Bethsaida all passed to the next grade. We are thankful for that. However, Dieumerci, the boy who went to secondary school left school in May because of personal problems with Mama Anna.

The children with Likambo, my co-worker and a board member.

The children with Likambo, my co-worker and a board member.

Also, Likambo went to Aba with Mama Anna because her sister had died there, and he could visit Caleb and Myriam, the twins who had lived at Bethsaida. They were doing well.

Likambo with Caleb (left) and Myriam (right).

Likambo with Caleb (left) and Myriam (right).

A big happening that took place was the graduation of the 4th year Bible School students at Adi. The evening before We heard that one of the women of the graduating class delevered triplets, one boy and two girls. Unfortunately, the boy died on graduation day in the afternoon. The two girls, who weighed 1.300 and 1.500 grams did survive and are growing, though very, very slowly.

Entrance of the graduating class in church.

Entrance of the graduating class in church.

Rev Kokole Idring'i was present and preached.

Rev Kokole Idring’i was present and preached.

The graduating class sang a goodbye song.

The graduating class sang a goodbye song.

The two girls of the triplets. Left Iyete (thanks - born with 1.500 grams) and right Lokumu (praise, born with 1.300 grams)

The two girls of the triplets. Left Iyete (thanks – born with 1.500 grams) and right Lokumu (praise, born with 1.300 grams)

Mama Ileli holding her two tiny girls. She's a proud and caring mom.

Mama Ileli holding her two tiny girls. She’s a proud and caring mom.

Lokumu

Lokumu

Iyete

Iyete

Another highlight is that we continued to film for our second movie, a sequel to the movie Along’hase that we produced in 2010. The medical people then said that they missed counseling and testing (among others) so this second movie has this aspect in there. The filming was done in two days as I had to leave for Kampala and Isaac is doing his practical work for the university in some of the local churches around Adi. He didn’t have a lot of time and I am grateful that he could come because of permission from Adi church section.

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Esther Akuzo is our main actress in the movie.

In Kampala

Yes, I’m in Kampala where I arrived this afternoon after a long busride (from 8am til 4pm). Relaxing now. Tomorrow I will place some recent photos of my activities and all that has happened here. And I look forward to the coming weeks.