On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
The sounds of Saturday morning
Beth has done a beautiful job coloring the red sea.
We love weekends on Project Canaan. The farm is quiet as
only the children’s campus staff is at work.Saturday starts the same as every other weekday for the
Maxwell’s, sitting in bed with a cup of coffee overlooking Project Canaan.Ian and I have our time of quiet
prayer, devotion and scripture reading and then we move along with the day.
Saturday’s are extra special because at 9AM the beautiful
sound of tiny voices begins to float up the mountaintop, notifying us that KIDS
CLUB has begun.
KIDS CLUB was designed for the children who live at the
Emseni Campus (our big kids) and any other children living on the farm who are
in preschool or above.The
children are divided in to groups and move through five stations, shifting
every 15-minutes.It’s a
fun-filled morning that includes a craft (two different ones dependent on age
groups), singing/dancing, a race or physical activity, bible story, bible verse
The idea of this is to teach the children the bible story
that will be presented at church the following morning, and help them
understand what the story is about.By acting out part of the story, making a craft with the story theme,
hearing the story read, memorizing the bible verse and then dancing and singing
about it, children’s church on Sunday becomes much more interesting and
engaging to the children.
This was the brainchild of our volunteer Program Director,
Bryan Throgmorton, but is fully executed with the entire Emseni staff, with
support from our long term and short-term volunteers.The 75-minute club ends with a fun snack and is followed by
I LOVE the people whom I refer to as our “CARE TEAM”.The Care Team comprises of anyone who
is directly involved in caring for our children and includes Aunties, Uncles, Gogo’s
and big brothers.Ian and I are
“mom and dad”.In siSwati we are
called Make (pronounced Mah – gay, which means mother) and Babe (pronounced
Bah-bay, which means father).
We are thankful for our Heart for Africa summer interns!
Our goal is to intentionally make this our children’s
HOME, and not an orphanage.Part
of that intentionality is being focused on each child developing their own
personality, individuality and identity. KIDS CLUB is one of those activities
that helps allow our children to express themselves in different ways, and I
spend my Saturday mornings watching, listening and laughing as they bloom in
front of my eyes.
I am so proud of the people who God has brought to us to
help raise these children and for all of you who support us financially and
Live from Swaziland … I love Saturdays on Project Canaan.