President and Sister Dunn

Monday, February 29, 2016

Hold On!

Our next door neighbors and dear friends the Holdings arrived in South Africa on Saturday February 13th and paid us a visit. We were delighted to get Lauren and Charlotte along. They stayed 14 days in Africa and did so many cool things. We saw them three different times as they were coming and going.

We started at the temple and gave them a tour of Johannesburg's most important building! :)

Our Sunday together was epic. We started with a Valentine breakfast....

Complete with heart shaped pancakes...

Orange juice
and pink smoothies made by President Dunn
Christine marked the way to the Benoni Stake Center
where Stake Conference was held. That day went on to be so special..see the post about Benoni Stake Conference and Pierre's baptism to see more.....

The next day they headed back to the airport for a quick trip to....
Victoria Falls....and other related safari's, elephant rides and raft trips in Botswana... they came back to Johannesbrug and took donated missionary items (suits, shoes, shirts, ties) to the Johannesburg MTC and met President Ashton and all the current missionaries there.

We also loaded up their donated school supplies that Charlotte did as part of her "Hope for America" project and went to Skeerport area to deliver....

Charlotte and Lauren did a lot for others while here on vacation.

Field of Dreams is a cool non-profit that we took the items to. Visit our Summit post in November to understand more about the founder of this great non-profit- Lee den Hond (3rd South African woman ever to summit Mount Everest)

Very happy space is created for the children served here

Holdings with the social worker and philanthropist Rene'. They were so appreciative of the donations and visit. We hope to bring our missionaries back here for a day of service in the future with the local township children.

School visit followed.....
Amazing this combined school form nursery age to high school..

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AS we walked through we couldn't get over the beautiful faces and the sweet people we met...

....these teenager boys had quite an immaculately organized store.
Charlotte- you did a great job here.

Village central water source..women gathering their daily water.

even the children help!

We even got 2 bike rides in with them while they were here.
One to the Botanical Garden on a Monday morning and one to the Big Red Barn on the Saturday they left.

Last but not least, the Holdings saw animals!  Here are a few of the pictures they sent to us form their adventures. I have even more to add when I get them. Fun to live vicariously through their fun outings and experiences. We loved being with them and appreciate their effort to come around the world to see us. 

1 comment:

  1. Mt. Oly Way reunited! So fun to see! I love the darling schoolchildren pictures.