Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Exploring... Mozambique.... and other places

I know its been awhile.. weve been on the road for weeks it feels like! After returning from visiting Granny up north, we ended up returning to Gorongosa park with the second team of nursing studends, and then spent several days driving back and forth trying to get paperwork and documents for Tendai secured. Then finally her BI arrived (Identity document)! We left the very same day and drove to Maputo, where we applied for and received her Passport- which was amazing cus we actually received it three days earlier than they said it would be ready! Although we were a bit hesitant to head to Maputo (it has a bit of a reputation), we had a blast, discovering all the neat stores, actual restaurants, tuk tuk taxis and oh so much more. We also saw the embassy's of just about every nation on the planet (albeit from the outsides), visited numerous handicraft markets and enjoyed some time in beautiful parks.
Two absolutely beautiful Male Lions we were so privileged to see at Gorongosa with the Team of Nursing students!
Mathew, the mission administrator, sees his first Lions... guess he was a bit scared???
Wow... such incredible beauty! We are so privileged to live in such a beautiful place.
Sunset at  Gorongosa.
Yet another amazing sunset!

 It was a refreshing two days of family time before we headed out on the road again to South Africa, to apply for a Visa for Tendai to visit Canada and get numerous mission errands done. This trip included sourcing a part for the four tonne truck, new tires for our truck, hard-drives, switches, cords, laminated curriculum sheets, ..... etc.
Tendai posing next to the Garden Gnomes at the guest house where we stayed.. she waved hi and bye- bye to them every morning! Hard to believe this very grown up looking toddler is the same teeny tiny baby held by the president last year!
Tendai and the president almost exactly one year ago !

Unfortunately we were unable to get a Visa for Tendai to visit, as the Visa officers felt we needed to provide more documents to support our requests. Please pray for us in these next few weeks, as we had really hoped to be home in early August and its hard not knowing if or when we will be able to arrive in Canada on our furlough.  The very same day that we found out we could not get a visa with the current documents they had, happened to be the one year anniversary of "gotcha day"! Since we were in South Africa we headed to the mall and found a "build a bear" store and created a fluffy friend for Tendai! 
stuffing her new friend
taking her for a walk
she got a lot of attention wandering the mall with her new fluffy friend... what can we say?? SHES SO CUTE!!!

Since I have a few more weeks here than originally thought, I am hoping to find time to do home visits to all our orphan homes and get some new updates done for all the sponsors before we leave.  Every time I think about not seeing "my kids" for six months I feel so sad.. I'll miss them so much!

This week is the Intensive Seminars for our pastors in the Training School... everyone is busy preparing lessons and teaching, and I hope to have some pictures of all the action in the next blog post! Please continue to pray for our pastors and the staff who are teaching this week, as well as for our family as we are somewhat frantically trying to find all the documents being required of us by the Canadian authoritys!  God Bless, Rick, Heather & Tendai Neufeld.

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