Comrades is known as the worlds "Ultimate Marathon" at 90 kilometers, almost the entire marathon being on a hill....run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban (the downrun...which was this year) or from PMB to Durbs (the uprun....crazy crazy hills!) which was last year. Its run RIGHT outside our house...and our church. The government decided to switch the date of the Marathon to always be on a Sunday, so our church can't meet because the road is closed. So this year we had our Sunday morning service on Saturday night...kinda weird! But our church meets on the road outside our church every year to cheer on the runners (hense the name of the marathon...comrades...where everyone helps and cheers on the runners!)
Clint at the elders retreat this last week up the north coast of SA. They did so much work that it shouldn't have been called a retreat...but just working on the beach :) We are so priveledged to have such awesome elders at HBC
Some shots of cornerstone at our house last night. They were great company while Clint was away on an elders retreat. Lyle's our new intern at HBC, but Clint likes to call him his "lacky".... and he taught an awesome lesson on humility last night Kerry, Lyle and Warren stayed till past midnight teaching me the tricks of the trade on Facebook. Man that thing is addictive. But its a cool way to see how people are doing back in the States. I found this photo on Ruthie's Facebook of me and Marietjie shooting Sara's wedding.... It was such a fun day, I loved shooting it with Marietjie, and I miss her a ton!
This week we flew to Johannesburg to attend the Shepherd's Conference. The two guest speakers from the states were Jack Hughes and Scott Ardivanus. Jack Hughes is the pastor at Calvary Bible Church and we listen to his sermons weekly online (get em at www.calvarybiblechurch.orgdefiantly worth downloading!) So it was awesome to hear him in South Africa. Scott was the college pastor when I was in Jr. High, and he often did our camps...so it was also awesome to hear him preach.
Clint with Scott and Jack
Jack preaching on what it means to "labor" in the ministry. He quoted all the verbs that Paul uses to describe the ministry "labor" "endure" "strive"...it made us tired just listening to him, but an awesome sermon. Clint was ready to preach after hearing this one! Duncan Ebedes is a member of our church and came with to the Shepherd's Conference. Jack Hughes is his hero...so this is Clint and him soaking up the great preaching!
Scott preaching on trials. James 1, a very awesome sermon as you can tell by his hand motions here!
I took one of the days off from the conference to rest. This is me and Noah at Clint's sisters (Brownyn's) creche (nursery school). Can you guess from the picture what the theme is at her school? There are more Pooh Bear's there than I've ever seen in my life! It's called "Piglet's Playpen"
Clint's best friend growing up Ryan and his wife Catherine got to meet Noah for the first time, and so did AntieBrownyn and Grandpa Alan! More photos of that to come...
Would you like fries with that? Noah's first fries with Clint and Grandma :)