Monday, April 30, 2012
Lizzy, Markia, Mitzi, Doug, James, and Nathan with Auntie Jane and Pastor Paul in Zimbabwe.
Eagle's Nest was blessed to have these American visitors from Cornerstone Christian Academy come for 3 weeks! Here are there testimonies!
I will never be the same. Three weeks ago I came to South Africa expecting to find a place completely different from anything I had ever known. I expected to feel like a stranger and a foreigner. I never expected this country and even this continent to feel so much like home. I expected to experience something new, but I did not anticipate that I would fall in love with Africa. The breath taking views, the incredible sunsets, and the beautiful people have stolen a piece of my heart. Although it seems like a simple lesson, I have learned that no matter what country you are in, people are people, water is water, and food is food. We make such a big deal about these simple things, but the most important thing is that Jesus Christ is Jesus Christ, no matter where you go and that He is the solution to the problems of the entire universe. With Jesus as my Source of Life and Truth I am free to love and enjoy new cultures, experiences, and places. I can love life and love people because Jesus Christ is my hope. Because of Him we can look into the most beautiful and most heartbreaking things of life and remain certain that there is hope. Because of these truths, my trip to Africa has taught me to rejoice in all situations and to live life with a new sense of love and thankfulness. I am so thankful for all of my new friends at Eagle's Nest in South Africa and for all the fantastic people I met in Zimbabwe. I feel truly blessed. I am not going back to America the same.
Come to South Africa was something that I never imagined in my wildest dreams. It is s till hard to believe God blessed me with such an opportunity. Eagle's Nest Christian School in Limpopo is so similar to Cornerstone Christian Academy in the US. There wasn't a thing I didn't love about that school. Especially the relationships I made. Everyday from now on I'm going to look back and say that South Africa and Eagle's Nest will always be my home away from home. I also had the opportunity to go to Zimbabwe for an outreach experience. That one week we were there changed my life forever. The two things I will take away from that trip is the beauty and creation of God and how happy and welcoming the people were.
Through this visit God has given me a heart for Africa and it's people. I will never forget the classes I visited, the students I spent time with, the places I visited such as The Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Kruger Park, or the relationships I formed. The students and teachers of Eagle's Nest, as well as the wonderful people of Zimbabwe, welcomed us with open arms. I feel like I leave behind a family in Africa. I am already looking forward to returning sometime soon.
Doug and Mitzi Pavey:
Coming to South Africa was a dream come true. We weren't sure what to expect but what we experienced exceeded our dreams. South Africa is a country of spectacular beauty. Kruger National Park was one of our favorite places to visit. Observing lions, hippos, zebras, giraffes, elephants and other animals in their natural habitat was breath taking. And the beauty of the land is indescribable. We had the privilege of going into Zimbabwe for 6 days as well. Once again, we were faced with incredible natural beauty. In addition to amazing landscape, the most outstanding characteristic of Africa was the friendliness of the people. We were treated with exceptional hospitality at Eagle's Nest Christian School as well as all other areas we visited. We leave today with mixed emotions. It will be good to go back home to America, but we're also sad to be leaving so many new friends. We leave with a strong desire to return again one day.