McDonalds, Mandela and Me

Our monthly ministry blogs and family updates are usually pretty serious stuff, as they should be I suppose, however, this month I thought I would lighten it up a bit and share some of the latest news and local sights from South Africa.

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Welcome to McDonalds… South Africa!

McDonalds: When our four girls were young, we made regular treks to McDonalds (mostly me, not Nancy), which only arrived in South Africa in 1995. These days there are fewer stops along the way for a quick bite to eat.  Our girls have grown-up, become much more sophisticated in their eating habits, and one of the girls even went vegan on me!

“South Africa is one of the most successful markets in McDonald’s international history. A record was set when South Africa opened 30 restaurants in just 23 months, at one stage opening 10 restaurants in 78 days.” (McDonald’s Web Site)

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Would you like to try the new “Texan burger?”

Just the other day I was experiencing a serious hamburger craving, so I slipped into McDonalds and had to chuckle. McDonalds has introduced their new “Texan Burger” in South Africa.  The most hilarious part was the big cowboy hats the employees were wearing… especially on top of all that big hair.  It was all pretty funny and I enjoyed my outing until I realized that I would have to run a 10k in order to burn off that Texan burger!

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Nelson Mandela Day

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“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” Nelson Mandela

Mandela: This month we also celebrated Nelson Mandela Day. Obviously it’s big news here in South Africa, but it is also international news due to his illness and recent hospitalization.  This new holiday is on July 18th each year, on Mandela’s Birthday, and this year he turned 95.

When we first arrived in South Africa the country was just seven years on the other side of abolishing apartheid (Afrikaans for “state of being apart”).  Much has changed since then but we still have a long way to go.  I love the fact that we have about eight different people groups that attend Mountain View Baptist Church and we enjoy blending the different cultures as we worship Christ together.

I just heard that a book about Mandela, “Long Walk to Freedom” is being turned into a biographical film, scheduled to be released in November of this year.  I am looking forward to watching that.  If it is anything like the sports (rugby) drama, Invictus, we are in for a treat!

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Tom at Union Bible Institute (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

Me: Not much to say about me other than I have just arrived back from two weeks of ministry in the Durban area and will share that update with you in our next blog.  It is, however, truly a joy to live and be called to minister in South Africa.  This country desperately needs an understanding of the true gospel. And although we dearly miss our family and friends (especially seeing our new granddaughter right now), this is home… with the tastes of McDonalds, the celebrations of Mandela, and the variety of cultures living here.  Thank you for your part in making the truth known here.  We are grateful to you, our faithful prayer partners and supporters, who give so we can minister here.

Would you do us a favor?  Check out the “Prayer” tab on our blog page for the latest prayer requests, praises and needs.  We covet your prayers.

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