Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Holiday Weekend!

Hello friends and family!

We are enjoying a beautiful day in Cape Town and celebrating 'Freedom Day.'

"Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. Peace, unity, the preservation and the restoration of human dignity hallmarks Freedom Day celebrations on the 27th of April of each year."

It's unfortunately another day here that most people don't know the meaning of, the kids are all just happy to be getting out of school! Many people also had Monday off and took a long weekend. It's fall here and the weather has been perfect - 70 degrees and blue skies. We have been enjoying friends and have had some good times together as our family. It has been a great day to reflect, however, on the 'freedom' of South Africans and the fight that still lays ahead for true freedom. There is much work to do, and racial hatred and social inequalities still cover this land. God is at work here, but hate is also a powerful weapon in the hands of many. I pray and work with God's power to see his full dreams realized in this place and all peoples created equal. It is not an impossible dream.

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
- Nelson Mandela

Lots of love,

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