The last month in Bellville was really fun. I got to know people really well so it was enjoyable getting to teach them and them feeding us. The bad side was the person I was working with was rather annoying but nevermind the negatives.
Two people we were teaching happily decided to go further into the church, which was nice!
Oh yeah! I have a laser now. That may sound random and I can't really tell you why we bought them because you kind of need to be here and see some stuff to understand. Needless to say, they are cool to mess around with.
Now you must be wondering about this 'big change' I've talked about, You see, as missionaries, we don't serve in one area for two years. Instead we move around the place. The South Africa Cape Town Mission is geographically the largest in the world so normally what happens is the missionaries are trained for 12 weeks in the mission field and then the trainer leaves the area and 99% of the time that is what happens. I'm sure many of you can guess what is going to happen. On Monday 3rd December, we got a phone call telling us that I was leaving Bellville that Wednesday and heading to a place called Uitenhage. It was sad as it was so close to Christmas!
Wednesday arrived and in the early morning (I had spent my last night in Bellville having a wonderful Braae) we went to Cape Town with the other missionaries to catch a plane to Port Elizabeth. It was fun to hang out with some of the other guys, plus we had nice food.
So no sad goodbyes to my previous companion, in fact I never saw him leave. Then we were off on an orange plane to Port Elizabeth. It was a very short flight and we arrived in a very overcast Port. There was about 12 or so missionaries on that plane.
We were met at the airport by a bunch of other missionaries and I met my new companion, Elder Dale. He's from Salt Lake. Four missionaries work in the area of Uitenhage but the 4th guy didn't arrive until 7pm, which meant a 4 hour wait. Thing is, he arrived by bus and it turns out we were waiting for him at the wrong bus station! lol. Eventually he arrived (Elder Anderson) and we all went to our new house.
Uitenhage is very different to Bellville. The flat where I live now is three times as big as my previous one and Elder Dale is three times as fun and nice as my previous companion. This makes what we're doing a lot more enjoyable even if I'm having to learn new roads, faces and names.
But I did arrive, it appears, on the right week. The Christmas Party took place at my local Chapel. It was a massive bbq and I got badly sunburnt in less than an hour because it was near 40 degrees Celsius. Also for some reason, loads of little girls sat with me talking about my cool cap and laughing at me in a language I did not understand. They also took over 100 pictures on my camera. I basically ran a mini primary for a few hours.
However, it was marred by tragedy. A member of our Church was murdered 30 minutes away for us. His daughter saw it and came to us for protection and comfort. It was a very sad occasion
R.I.P Brother Johannas
Now Monday, the day I wrote this, was crazy. A P-Day of course, so what to do. We decided to go and pet some cheetahs. So four young guys using a map, what could possibly go wrong...we took the longest wrong turn ever. Got lost down dirt roads and everything. It was funny though!
We eventually made it to the Cheetah Park. Their shop had some super cool stuff. The Cheetahs were super cool stuff too, did you know that Cheetahs purr? Well they do and I got it on video. We also saw some Leopards and Lions, it was a cool experience.
That night while we were in a lesson all four of us with two members helping, got a phone call. Someone we know living close by had been attacked at home. So we rushed over to go help. This was the township at 9pm, there are very dangerous places to be in South Africa. The house was just creepy, the windows were smashed and the doors were broken into pieces. Apparently an abusive boyfriend went crazy with a spade. So we helped clear the house of all stuff and then walked the two daughters and the mother, 20 minutes through township, to their cousins house. It was such a crazy day.
It's Christmas time! We all get sucked into the presents and good times but please just take a moment to think of the real reason behind it all.
Nevertheless, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas time. I'll talk to you again in the new year.
Ready to take on new adventures!