Rains are Coming to Swaziland


And when it rains, it pours!

BFC coordinators are all brought home to Bethany to wait out the African summer rains in December and January. The rains coordinate with Christmas and New Year allowing us to truly be Home for the Holidays.

The first half of our year in Swaziland has been a busy time of learning our way around, knowing who does what, adapting to the culture, visiting the many projects of BFC’s Partnership, making friends, and being the onsite people to do major and minor hands on things; as major as purchasing materials or attending meetings and reporting back to Bethany, to minor things such as making sure a UPS package delivered to Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital is hand carried across the station to the dental clinic.

When we return in January the assignment changes and quickens. Two Go Teams are coming from BFC and another from SNU.  Before they arrive in Swaziland Barbi, her secretary Pat Burton, and others are working on their end for these teams as Emmalyn and I will be working on our end making sure every day and every detail is nailed down before the Teams arrive in country.

On a personal note one of the most fulfilling things for me has been writing these blogs. Credit has to be given where it is due and this is a good time to give it.

My daughter-in-law Laura German introduced me to this Word Press website last April, set it up, designed it, and throughout these four months has monitored it, tweaked it, and continues working on photos in the slide show. On occasions when I have needed help, input, comments, or opinions Barbi Moore has been my sounding board but not before my wife Emmalyn proof read and suggested better ways to say things and especially correct my spelling.  Ellyn Marsh contributed to the Celebrate Recovery blog. Pastor Rick Harvey has made himself available and once when I needed his advice he proof read and commented on a blog.

I am guessing that this will be my last posting until we return to Swaziland at the end of January. If I have anything to add over the holidays I’ll do it.  Sometimes a thought hits me like this one at 2 a.m. If I don’t write it before I go back to sleep I lose it forever.  If inspiration hits me in the next two months I’ll post it.  But if I don’t, I’ll be back in February.

Thank you for reading. I’m not doing anything that all the other coordinators haven’t done.  What I’ve tried to do is give the folks back home a word picture of what BFC is doing here and what it is like to be on site coordinating it. It is a labor of love turned into one of my life’s most fulfilling experiences!