Another huge hurdle has come and gone for Restoring Hope International. On Tuesday, March 23, Brian & Lois, along with their two children - Liam & Lindie - flew from Des Moines to Atlanta. The next day they left Atlanta and arrived in Johannesburg sometime on the evening of March 25th.
(farewell dinner at Hy-Vee)
By their reports all travel went well. The kids slept for most of the 16 hour flight. Of course, the drawback to that is that the kids aren't tired after they arrive, while parents are usually ready to crash. (Saying goodbye to the grandkids) They were able to spend Thursday night with Mark & Chris Harding, good South African friends who care for 16 children in their own home (read about their ministry here).
For those of you who know Brian & Lois personally, you'll not be surprised to learn that they have jumped right into the work. Brian has already had some success with government officials, getting paperwork through on the purchase of the Restoring Hope Village property. Here is what Lois wrote to us: "Another great achievement today, Brian was able to get the clearance certificate for the land today. He will be paying for the land tomorrow and then the transfer will go to Bloomfontein. The assistant at the attorney's office said the transfers have been getting completed in 2 weeks recently, no more then a month. So that is fabulous news! "
Once we arrive at the $120,000 we have our goal within sight. Our initial construction goal was $150k, so while there is still some work to do, we are excited to get the ministry going and begin reaching more children for Christ.
(taking advantage of every last minute with the grandkids)