I arrived nice and early after a long flight from London, and was picked up by my awesome host, Treswill. We then drove to Ocean View and stopped on the way to greet the ORU team at the All Nations house in Sun Valley. Then we met with the Ubuntu staff briefly, and I settled in at Treswill's house. Later that afternoon, we headed over to the Ubuntu Football Forward program, a program Ubuntu started in the community to not only work as a feeder program into their Academy, but also to mentor and help the U8s and U12s by being good role models for them to follow and teaching them about Christ. After Football Forward, the Academy boys arrived and we put them through their session. It was nice to see that some of the Football Forward boys remembered me from last year! In the evening, after a wonderful meal cooked by Cindy (Treswill's wife) and their friend Shavon (sp?), we went and watched Cindy's netball game (think basketball and ultimate frisbee combined). Then we went to sleep, and I slept like a log.
After a great night's rest and only minimal traces of jetlag still remaining, I attended my first (of many) Ubuntu staff meetings and learned of my roles and responsibilities. Then after a solid nap to purge all remaining minions of jetlag, I went with Treswill to the U15's practice and helped out there.Afterward, Treswill, Cindy, Shavon, Stacey (Cindy's younger sister), and I went to The Toad, a nice restaurant in Noordhoek, to have dinner with the ORU team. Overall, my first week will consist of getting used to life here and understanding how the academy works. Please continue to pray for health, safety, and opportunities for me to share God's love with people. Also, keep the nearby township of Masiphumelele in your prayers as their taxi drivers are having a "strike" on Friday. [Edit 6/10/13, the strike was very peaceful, so thank you for praying!]
May God bless you all!
Outreach Coordinator - MTAG