November 12 – Cape Town

Posted: November 13, 2011 in Rick's Trip
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It’s a sunny day in Cape Town as I start the last day of my trip. They are just beginning their summer here and it is a little depressing to think that, when I return home, our winter will be just around the corner.

Today I saw God’s hand in another way. From the heights of Table Mountain and Lions Head to the beauty of Camps Bay and Clifton, I am constantly amazed by the beauty in God’s creation. This is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

Camps Bay, in a coffee shop overlooking the beach, is where I met Gary Skinner, founder of Watoto Church and Watoto Children’s Villages in Uganda. It was a real blessing for me to be able to spend some time with him and hear his heart with regard to not only rescuing orphans and widows at risk, but nurturing them and turning them into the leaders of tomorrow. Inspiring, and potentially a model that could be adaptable to the things we are helping with in Zambia, Ukraine and elsewhere.

I spent the afternoon looking around the Cape Town waterfront, including a short visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 20 years, before getting a cab to the airport for my overnight flight to London, and then on to Toronto and Halifax. As I write this I am waiting for my last flight (number 14 of this trip) that will bring me home.

14 flights … 5 trains … 3 boats … 1 4×4 … innumerable buses and taxis. It has been an amazing and varied trip, yet one during which God has spoken to me in different ways. I pray that I will be able to integrate some of what I have been learning into my day to day life at home. That is always the challenge isn’t it?

I want to thank all of you who have been following the blog and praying for me, for the ministries and people I have been visiting, and for Julia and the kids while I have been gone. Please know that your prayers have been felt and have made a difference. I am sure that this trip would not have been anywhere near as fruitful or successful without them.

Thank you!

With much grace and peace…

And for the last time for now…

Rick out.

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