Day 5: Friday, 8 November 2013

by Alan Yeo


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We woke up to a blanket of rain that covered the entire safari landscape. Unlike the light shower of rainfall in Singapore, the rain here was so light and gentle that the locals call it "moth" rain. As tiny as the raindrop is, you would still eventually be drenched if you ride the jeep without a poncho. Snuggled under the thick poncho, one is protected from the incessant cold wind that battled us as we braved the unfavourable weather for our last Safari ride. My group was out looking for the rhino that had ventured into our zone. The evening before, the other group of fellow peacemakers had a close encounter with the rhino that was heading directly into the path of their moving jeep. The rhino had charged at them and later followed behind them for quite a distance. Driving under the rain, it was certainly difficult to spot the wildlife and the rhino was nowhere in sight. More than just sightings of wildlife, this "selah" in our trip was an invitation to the peacemakers to pause and reflect on God and our journey. We had the pleasure of the continuity of conversations and stories under the open skies of South Africa. The vast endless horizon of the Safari plains was a reminder of the bigness of our God and how small we are. If there was one lesson to bring home, Simon reminded us of the significance of the little ones we had met in Acres of Love, to see Christ in the little one that we served.



After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to our wonderful rangers who had guided us in these unfamiliar terrains. We were on the move again, heading to Stellenbosch a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. After a short drive out of the reserve, our coach encountered a small hiccup and delay. Freddy, our coach driver, stopped to investigate and discovered that the air-con belt had snapped. We were grateful that it was nothing major and that we could continue our drive with fresh breezes blowing in from the small windows located in the front and back of our coach. The long drive to Stellenbosch wind through endless flat, hilly, mountainous and coastal terrains. It was close to evening when we arrived at destination and we ended the day with inspiring devotional sharing from Mun Ying and Rosell. We prayed and got ourselves ready for the dedication service of Evangel Forever Home on Sunday.


"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." (Mother Teresa)



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