Hi everyone! We have arrived safely in East London after a 33 hour journey.  We flew from Dublin to Paris.  We took a 10 hour flight to Johannesburg and then an internal flight to East London.  We had a welcoming braii served by Stirling Presbyterian Church and we got to meet the host families we will be staying with for the next 12 days.

On Saturday morning we planned for holiday Bible, played a few team games and in the afternoon we headed to another family called Bev and Allan who served us a braii and we went down to Kayser’s beach which was amazing! We swam in the sea, played touch rugby and did a lot of sunbathing! 

After all that hard work at the beach, we all had a nap in the car on the way back to the church, so we were energised and ready for our games night.  After a few games of big Bucky, my chair and wink murder we headed back to our host families for a good nights rest – it is well needed when you need to be up for 6am.

On Sunday morning we set off for the first church service which started at 7:30am (we’re certainly not used to that at Wellington!). We attended the 2nd church service and we were introduced to the congregation by an elder.  They prayed for us as a church and we were excused to spend time as a team.  In our team time John Boyd read Ephesians 2 and we spent some time in prayer for each other. 

On Sunday afternoon each group went off to spend time with their host families.  Some of us went to a fish market, others to a safari park buffet and an African style restaurant.  Our families were so kind in to treating us to a lovely lunch.  After this we returned to church to set up for holiday club and had some time of worship to prepare our hearts for the week ahead.  Over 100 children have signed up to come to our holiday club and we would really appreciate your prayers for these children to hear the gospel.