Hello Again Everyone!
First off, I can’t thank enough all the great member of this team for the gaggle of hours each member put in to make today’s yard sale a success (I know “gaggle” only get’s used with “geese”, but we’re gonna roll with it). Seriously though, some of our many volunteers spent more than 12 hours between Friday night and Saturday morning unloading donated items, sorting everything that was deposited, pricing, selling, lugging around stuff, etc…. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s hard work.
Secondly, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!! You showed up by the truck loads (literally), and you gave us some fantastic used (and some new) clothes, appliances, kitchenware, furniture, and even a wood chipper. Our cafe and sanctuary were littered with an inventory to rival Target. Thank you again.
With that said, I can now proudly say that because of all the hard work of everyone involved, we raised………$1,600 (ish) Dollars!!! This is truly amazing and all I can think to type is “Thank You” again and again. All of the remaining items were donated to one of local charities, so everything donated still went to a great cause.
But enough talk from me, how about some pictures!
Until next time……
– Tyler O.
We are less than a month away from heading out, and we have done a lot of work over the last couple of months to get ready. Part of this effort is getting all of our supplies ready to take with us. This includes raising some extra funds to purchase everything that we are hauling over seas with us.
Cue the opportunity for you to help:
This Saturday morning we will be holding a Yard Sale at Capital Church (7th south and 10th east for those of you who don’t know). Who knows what tools, toys, and tangibles you’ll find that you never knew you needed. All the proceeds from this yard sale will go towards purchasing supplies that we will be taking with us. And anything that doesn’t get sold will be donated to the Salvation Army.
So there are two ways that you can help!
1 – Come buy stuff! There are bound to be some killer deals to be made and we would love see you there.
2 – Donate! In order to have a yard sale, we will be selling items that people in our community have donated after some good ole fashioned spring cleaning. So bring around that old clunky TV that you want to get rid of. Drop off those toys your teenagers don’t play with anymore. And if they are only “lightly used”, bring in that old wardrobe (so you can justify buying a new one perhaps?).
3 – (I know I said there were two, but this is a good one) Tell your friends! The more people that stop by, the more successful this will be.
Feel free to drop off any items tomorrow evening, Friday the 12th, between 2 and 8pm (Apologies for the short notice). It’s for a great cause and like I said, we’d love to see you there.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Thanks again to all of your for your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you.
– Tyler O.
This is our awesome Mbuso who will be serving at our carepoint. How incredibly blessed we are and how incredibly good our God is!!! Let us welcome Mbuso back to the Mkhombokati carepoint with the same open arms he joyfully demonstrates!!
Hello Again Everyone,
We are back and itching to fill you in on all the updates. The entire team met again this weekend and had, what I would call, a very exciting meeting. We laughed, we cried, we spoke Siswati; there was too much great news to share. Our supplies team is dominating the list of items we need. The travel team had set up Travel Clinic appointments for many of us so we could get our shots. There was so much great news, that I am going to neglect most of it tonight and save those highlights for another date.
For now, let’s talk about sponsorship.
We learned that several members on our team will be attending the “Africa Partners Conference” with Children’s Hope Chest. While not only attending this will be a great opportunity, our team has a chance to do even more. To fill you in on the entire story, Dannele, who leads the sponsorship team, will give you the scoop. Take it away Dannele…
We currently have 169 children officially enrolled in our sponsorship program. That’s over 100 more than when we first started our partnership with CHC (Childrens Hopechest) back in 2007. As of today, only 18 are not sponsored, most of those from a recently activated batch of new children attending the carepoint.Capital Church has been invited to an Africa Partners Conference hosted by CHC at their Colorado headquarters and we are thrilled to have 5 of us from the Swaziland Ministry planning to attend. They asked us at Capital specifically to lead a discussion group on the importance of obtaining 100% sponsorship as they state we have been exemplary in this area. How awesome is that! That is of course due to our generous, kind-hearted and compassionate congregation at Capital and enthusiastic leaders. That said, we are eager to get the remaining 18 kids sponsored and expect to be doing a live call for sponsors at church very soon (possibly this coming week). Our committee is also diligently working on our “gift” idea from the sponsors to their special friends at Mkhombokati and we believe to have a good handle on that. We will announce to you when we have that definitive gift idea in place and rolling as we will possibly need some additional team member’s assistance to carry it out. (But it’ll be fun!! – we hope!)
Umusa Nekhutula (grace and peace),
I can’t emphasize enough how much of an amazing task this has been that our sponsorship has been that high. If you would like the opportunity (nay, the privilege) of sponsoring a child, and to help our care-point reach 100% sponsorship, please contact us at Capital Church.
Thanks again everyone,
We’ll be back soon
Happy 2013 to all of you. As the calendar rolls over to a new year, we find ourselves already just four months away from our departure date. And with that, we have kicked our preparation efforts into the next gear. Throughout the upcoming weeks we hope to provide you with updates on all the progress, successes, and needs of our sub-committees so that you too may have the opportunity to partner with us along the way.
With that said, let us get all of you up to speed. As previously alluded to, our mission team has divided into several sub committees, each committee taking on the challenge of ensuring adequate preparation for our trip. Our Supplies team has already begun making their lists and checking them thrice (once extra for good measure) to ensure we don’t forget a single item when we leave. As we get closer to our leave of absence, we hope to keep you informed of any items we may be in need of, just in case you may be that one individual with the connections to obtain discounted medical supplies, shoes, or 200 yo-yos! (We might not actually need 200 yo-yos on this trip, but they would sure keep me entertained during the 26 hours of travel).
Our Sponsorship team has identified several additional children at the carepoint in need of sponsorship and are working tirelessly to ensure no child is left un-sponsored. If you are interested in the opportunity of sponsoring a child at our carepoint in Mkhombokati, please visit our Global Outreach page.
The Wonderful Logistics team has accomplished the difficult task of securing plane tickets to transport our entire crew to and from Swaziland, which in itself is no small task. If you feel so inclined to do so at your computer, please give them a round of applause (nevermind if everyone else in the coffee shop gives you an odd look).
Lastly for this post, I will mention our Fun Team (the name I bestowed upon the VBS/PreSchool/Games committee). They have already commenced preparing a lesson plan. Without giving too much away right now, I will give you the insider scoop that they will be following the life of a pretty famous king of the Old Testament. Look for the pictures to follow our trip for all the fun.
Once again, we appreciate your willingness to Journey With Us as we prepare to embark on this amazing opportunity. We ask you keep us and the children in Swaziland in your prayers, that this trip may be glorifying to God and will further his kingdom here on earth. If at any point you care to find out more about this mission, or would like to get involved, just click here! And if any of you feel so led to participate with us financially, we would gratefully appreciate your support.
Thank you everyone, talk to you soon!