I love the internet. One of the main reasons is that it makes it so much easier to keep in touch with friends and find out news quickly. When I lived in Swaziland during the dark ages...okay, just the 80's...we had regular phones, NOT cell phones, and the calls from The States were a $1 a minute. The internet, email, and facebook were something most of us never even imagined so to communicate with folks across the ocean, it was mostly thru old fashioned letters which often took 2 to 3 weeks to arrive.
Now thru the wonder of internet, I can not only read blog posts about my girl and her team in Swaziland, I can have live chats via facebook instant messaging about my girl!
Yesterday, I was able to have such a conversation with Thulile Mamba. We met Thulile last year on our trip to Swaziland. Since then she has married Adventures in Missions staffer Dennis Brock. When we met her, she was on the D-Team that went around to the various carepoints discipling the children. Now she's working with the Timbali Crafts helping impoverished women make money to support their families through the making of beautiful purses, table runners, and other items.
Thulile instant messaged that A and her team had helped out on Thursday with the purses at Timbali Crafts. She said that they had a lot of fun and "is good". Thulile said that the family's homestead they are staying in does not have running water but there is a big holding tank. They buy water to fill it up so the team has access to clean drinking water. The family they are staying with lives close to the carepoint.
Not earth shattering news I know, but to this mama who is far, far away from her first born, I love hearing that she's doing good and picturing better her surroundings.
Please join with me in praying for her team as they finish up their last few days of ministry and then travel back to the U.S.A.
If you are interested in finding out how you can purchase a Timbali craft or just to learn more about this ministry and the incredible women involved, go to: http://www.timbalicrafts.org/