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Everyday Cliches

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Hello everyone!! Ashley here. 🙂 It has been a whirlwind five days that have been filled with incredible people, insanely good food, and clear evidence of the grace of God. Since this is the first time I have posted, I will try to give you as clear and concise of an update as I possibly can. Our team made it safe and sound after two long days of travel to our destination which is a suburb of Cape Town. We live in a beautiful place where we can eat lunch while looking at mountains and the roaring sea (slight change from Kansas. 🙂 So far, we have met lovely people, like our friend and guide Okuhle (who, because of pronunciation issues we have lovingly nicknamed Kool Aid) and many, many others. It has been a true priviledge to be welcomed into this community of people from all over the globe who are serving as friends of Jesus here in Cape Town. In the five short days that we have been here, we have been to a preschool in a very poor township (where we were all reminded that children are children whereever you go), we have eaten fish and chips on the shore of the Indian Ocean, we have traveled to a township that is fractioned and broken because of Apartheid to encourage and serve those who are already there, and we have worshipped with the YWAM team in at least four different languages (sometimes at once). There are so many lessons that are already becoming apparent, but there is one in particular that I would like to highlight. This one is from before we even left the States. We were having supper at a pizza place in the Dallas airport, and the waitress was incredibly stressed and abrupt. We tried to be patient as we waited hangrily for our food, but there were moments of frustration among the team. However, when she brought us the check and Jared tipped her, she nearly started crying because of our kindness. She then said that she had been there since six o’clock that morning, and it was now nine o’clock that night. It is so easy to forget that kindness truly does matter, and that people are like icebergs-you never know how much of why they do what they do might be hovering unseen below the surface. Since that event, I have been overwhelmed with the extravagant kindness of the people here. We have all been warmly embraced and welcomed simply because we are people, not because we have done anything special. Today, we attended a birthday party for a young man that we literally met today (will explain circumstances in a later post) but we were welcomed in anyway. I am amazed and in awe of the wonders and goodness of our Good Shepherd, and I am excited to continue on this journey with my team. Thank you all for your prayers and support! They are definitely felt. Psalm 46, Ashley


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