The extraordinary thing about our mission trip to South Africa is how much it changes people. In the words of our local guide, Molefi, “the you that leaves South Africa won’t be the same as the you who arrived.” That’s because you won’t just visit South Africa, you’ll meet South Africa. Here are some of the amazing people and things you’ll come across on our trip.
You’ll meet a freedom fighter who devoted his whole life to ending Apartheid. A chief whose people have lived in the hills above the Umgeni River for 1,000 years. A bishop who started an AIDS hospice, and an Irish priest you’ll never forget. You’ll meet the golden lights of the Magalies, which cover everything in a soft amber glow, reminding you of things that once were and could be again. A lady called Antoinette, who’ll tell you her story of life in Soweto as you learn how to bargain in an open-air market. You’ll walk at night through the Valley of 1,000 Hills, where you’ll see the stars as if for the first time. You’ll dine under an acacia tree as the sun goes down, while hippos and giraffes gather by the watering hole below. You’ll spend time with orphaned and abandoned children who will shower you will love and affection. And years later, you’ll find that the call of those children still seems to echo through your heart.
Meet South Africa and you’ll never be the same again. The things you experience here will change the way you see God working in the world and the way you live your life. When you open your arms to embrace this country, the you who leaves will not be the same as the you who arrived. Because when you meet South Africa, you’ll realize that you’re on holy ground, and that God has been here before you.