On January 21, 2015, we hopped on a plane, skipped across an ocean, and jumped into a new life of faith, obedience, and adventure in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.
Here's what our year looked like.
All of our 14 bags arrived safely; it was an unexpected blessing and great relief.
Jack handing out tablets to East Mountain Interns and Bible Certificate Course students.
As part of our educational strategy, East Mountain uses tablets preloaded with Bible resources, teaching material and coursework. A Houston friend sent us with 5 tablets, the exact number needed for the last minute registrants. God provides in unforeseen ways when we are obedient!
East Mountain's 2015 South African Resident Interns(Left to right: Lorenzo, Natasha, Lutando)
Dialogue Education Training: Learning How to Teach By Asking Questions
East Mountain Ministry Partners
God gave us our first child, Micah Mae, on March 24! His protection and His goodness were evident throughout the entire process.
Studying in the early days
East Mountain Fellowship
The East Mountain community and our church small group provided much-needed support and encouragement in the first couple of weeks.
Jack's parents came for a visit in April. Loren's mom came down in June.
Jack using his tech skills (i.e. Google & YouTube) in upgrading the EM Team House internet.
Summit is East Mountain's summer internship which runs mid-May through June. Summit is a combo of leadership training, mentorship, Bible teaching, and practical ministry.
The 2015 Summit Crew.
Alex and Maggie are some dear friends. Their daughter, Emma Kate, was also born in Stellenbosch, about 6 weeks after Micah.
Some rest time after Summit at the beach.
Studying in the department with Christian and Alex
Studying at home... sort of
The local coffee shop where I do most of my studying. By God's grace, I passed my first year of coursework cum laude.
Some of the best pics of our recent family photo shoot. (Thanks Kelsey and Autumn!)
We are so thankful for the memories these pictures represent. Each one represents tangible evidence of God's grace and his faithfulness in our lives.
Thank you for joining us in this journey!
Jack, Loren & Micah Mae