7 Things Most People Don’t Know About South Africa

#1: It’s A Really Big Rainbow

 

Did you know there are 56 million people living in South Africa? That’s more than Australia and almost as many as the entire United Kingdom. Do you know why Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace prize-winner, was the first to call South Africa the Rainbow Nation? That name was given to RSA because of the diverse people, cultures and languages. It’s a place like none other in the world.  When you come – you’ll love the interactions!

#2: Crazy People Do It

Did you know South Africa lays claim to the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world? Yep, been there and didn’t jump, but I took Pastor Dave Drullinger once and he did jump. The bridge is located along the seacoast area called the Garden Route. It’s 216 metres (over 700 feet high) above the Bloukrans River and when you decide to take the plunge you’ll sign a serious waiver before your adrenaline spikes off the charts. When you come, you can jump… and I’ll pray.

#3: There Are Lots of Happy Feet

This one might surprise you… What’s black and white, very cute, can swim, has a large head, short neck, an elongated body, and lives in South Africa? You got it, penguins. Even though we live in a sunny and warm climate, we have two large colonies of African penguins within an easy drive from our home. When you come, you can even swim with these little guys!

#4: The Heart Matters

The world’s first heart transplant was done in Cape Town, South Africa at the Groote Schuur Hospital by surgeon Christiaan Barnard in 1967. The operation was an astonishing event, which pushed the boundaries of science and was considered a success because the patient’s body did not rejected the heart, although Louis Washkansky died 18 days later from double pneumonia. When you come you can tour The Heart of Cape Town Museumand see the theater where the transplant was done.

#5: It’s All Greek To Me

Most pastors know a little Hebrew and Greek, but did you know that South Africa has 11 official languages; Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana and Venda. The most frequently spoken language is Zulu, followed by Xhosa, as the two largest tribes in the country speak them. English, however, is considered to be the main language and is widely spoken throughout the country by most people. When you come, not to worry, people will understand you and you’ll cope just fine – I do!

#6: I Just Wanna Ride

In America there is the famous Route 66. In South Africa there is a similar travel experience called Route 62. It’s a stretch of road that meanders 850 kilometers (over 500 miles) through spectacular countryside. Route 62 is the longest wine route in the worldand is a stunning scenic route that stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. There are lots of ways to see Route 62, but when you come, we can do it the best way – on a motorcycle!

#7: You’re Wanted

Remember the famous poster of Uncle Sam pointing straight ahead with his nubby finger and the caption, “I want you.” Well, we want you, too. We need you. Nancy and I have the joy of celebrating our 20-year ministry anniversary this year, as we committed our lives to world missions in 1998. Since that time we’ve had the joy of planting churches and most recently taking on the big task of leading the region of Southern Africa for ABWE International. Do you have a heart for missions? Does Africa interest you? What role do you want to play… a sender, goer, supporter, and partner? Would you consider joining us short term or even exploring long-term missions? As a partner and supporter of the Wolfpack, would you pray and consider coming?

What’s Next?

Okay, the first six things on this list are pretty cool and informative, but number seven is where it’s at! What can you do for now? Write us at twolf@abwe.org to share your interest and we’ll be in touch. We’ll also add you to a special mailing list to receive more information in the future. Or, be sure to follow us through www.onerwe.com and be watching for our mobilization posts on social media like Facebook and Instagram.

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