We’re on the road with Wycliffe South Africa assisting them with one of several events they are doing around South Africa to raise awareness for Bible translation and missions. Ruth, a volunteer from Germany, is conducting a children’s program for Wycliffe SA that teaches children about missions. The church we’re visiting now has additionally invited Wycliffe SA to share with their youth, young adults and share in their Sunday morning service. We’ll be participating in the activities planned with the youth and young adults.
This is a beautiful part of the country with rolling hills, farms, water falls, and quaint shops and restaurants. In the early 1900s it was home to a Beor concentration camp. During the Anglo Beor War, Afrikaans (or Afrikaner) women and children were put in these camps by the British. Even now some people of Afrikaans decent can tell the stories of their relatives that died or were rescued from one of these camps.
This area is also in the South African province that has the highest percentage of reported HIV/AIDS infections. We’re planning to visit a community near here where the church has a ministry to those affected by this disease.
We’ll be staying with some church members, and along with helping out Wycliffe South Africa, all this is part of our orientation to South Africa.