As you know from reading our materials in the past, our purpose here at The Pines is to raise children who will be able to impact South Africa, both spiritually and physically. This is truly a long-term ministry, and it may be years before we see results from the work we put in. That isn't to say we don't see any results now. It is quite rewarding to work with these kids, both at The Pines and in our other outreach efforts into the community. Any person who has been here can attest to that. Once you come you leave your heart here. From time to time God blesses us with encouragement. I've attached a photo that is an example of some of the growth and maturity we've seen in these kids since we've been here. Before we came some of them were UI fans.
If you can't tell from the photo, we are all wearing ISU shirts. Of course, this may be the wrong weekend to bring it up, considering the recent game against Nebraska and all.