|Face painting at Camp Canaan 2018|
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Why wouldn't you?
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Project Canaan. It’s hard to believe that we have lived in Swaziland longer than we lived in Georgia, but it’s true.
When we bought the 2,500 acres of land in 2009 there were no roads, no fields, no buildings, no electricity, no dams, in fact, there wasn’t even road access to the property. Today we have 60+ buildings including homes, schools, barns, vocational training, medical clinic, not to mention 197 (really cute!) children who call Project Canaan home!
Next July we will be hosting a very special trip to celebrate 10 years of HOPE and registration is open today! The team will depart from the US/Canada on Saturday, July 13th and depart from Swaziland on Monday, July 22nd. We have limited space available, so it will fill on a first come first serve basis. The “ground costs” for the trip are $1,800 US (not including flights). You can book your own travel or secure a seat through us.
This trip will be packed full with time spent on Project Canaan (including Camp Canaan with our children), homestead visits, and a time of real celebration on HOPE mountain! We will have a formal celebration of the 10 years on the afternoon of Thursday, July 18th, which will include Swazi dignitaries from government, hospitals, police and local partners. We will spend two days at some of our partner churches doing "well child check-ups" as well as delivering a wonderful celebratory meal for the children, complete with a 10th anniversary cake.
Sunday will be the highlight of the week featuring "Music on the Mountain!" We will take our volunteers, Emseni children and staff to the top of HOPE mountain for a music concert complete with some North Point Community Church musicians (Seth Condrey and Chinua Hawk) as well as other worship teams and Swazi musicians. The communities from all around Project Canaan will be invited to attend and we will provide a hot meal (cooked by our local church partners) to everyone who comes to worship with us.
Have you been thinking of taking a volunteer mission trip to Swaziland, but just never took the step? Have you traveled with us in the past and want to come back and celebrate the progress that has been made? Then this is definitely the trip for you!
Ian and I live a complicated, yet wonderful life here in Swaziland. We deal with life and death, friendship and betrayal, violent crime and people being healed, and none of it is easy. But we love watching the hand of God every single day and we stand in awe of His goodness and grace.
Why wouldn’t you want to come and see all that God has done and celebrate His goodness? This is a long weekend for many people so please take the time to think and pray about this and if you are to come, please register at this link:
Ian and I hope that you will join us in celebrating hope in 2019.
Live from Swaziland … it’s Saturday morning!