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Always Good

What ho all! It truly is extraordinary that my time in this incredible place is almost to a close. As can be expected, I have deeply mixed emotions about leaving. I have seen sights and met people that have touched me and transformed me, but I also know that this trip was a bit like Narnia-I came for a specific purpose and for specific lessons that God needed to show me, but I cannot stay here forever. My job is to now go back and share these precious memories with those back home and to continue on this journey with the Good Shepherd.

I have not been the greatest at updating all of you on our grand adventures, but here is a run-through on what we’ve been doing over the last two weeks: 1) Took the cable car up Table Mountain and saw two oceans, countless mountain peaks, and most of Cape Town all at once, 2)   watched the sunset from a lookout spot on Chapman’s Peak, 3) eaten massive amounts of amazing food, 4) taught about 60 very sweet and squirrelly preschoolers dance (not all at once), 5) prayed and sang with missionaries doing a very important work here in a community close to where my team and I are staying, 6) watched a sunrise on the beach over the bay that is walking distance from our host home, 7) been wrecked and taught by God’s gentle and ever-loving hands, 8) worshipped and learned alongside the YWAM Discipleship Training School Sound of the Nations, 9), seen ocean waves and more incredible mountains from Cape Point, 10), been within 2 ft. of penguins in the wild, and 11), drunk slightly ridiculous amounts of very good coffee.

In the midst of all these comings in and goings out, the theme that has emerged is that God is good. He is so very good. As I have asked, prayed, pleaded, and begged for answers to the questions of who he is and why evil exists, the answer has come forth loud and clear-God is good. He is wild, not tame, and he is good. Regardless of circumstances, He is constant and sure. I am so grateful for God’s guiding hand that led me here, and for all of you who have been supporting me during this journey. It has truly been transformative. I look forward to sharing more of my stories with you when I return! For now, love and blessings to you all!

Psalm 23,

Ashley 🙂

 

 

 

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Everyday Cliches

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