Sunday, April 30, 2006

Chrisy's in South Africa!

That's a photo of Chrisy's arrival at the Johannesburg's airport on Sunday morning, April 30th. Sean Fraser is the guy on the left in the "church lady" dress (don't ask, it's a long story, and what's done at Canyon Hills Church, stays at Canyon Hills Church, unless of course it goes to South Africa). From left to right, the two women between Sean and Chrisy are Lisa Jones and Maya Bowe.

I got a call from Chrisy this morning before church at 8:00 a.m., that's 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening in South Africa. She told me that their journey was long, but good. They had a braai or South African barbecue with the NieuCommunities staff. Chrisy and her friends were very tired and looking forward to going to sleep tonight. But, they sure look great in the photo, alert and pretty after flying around the world for two days! I was extremely happy to know my wife is there, safe and sound. She said Pangani, the CRM property in Pretoria is quite beautiful. It's a hundred year old homestead restored as a coffeehouse. I cannot tell you how pumped I am about this trip for Chrisy. I think the aforementioned organizations behind this mission are amazing. I know from first-hand experience that the guy heading this up, Rob Yackley, is a spectacular speaker that has a way for connecting people to God. While in South Africa, in addition to Rob and his wife, Chrisy and the others from Canyon Hills Church will be in community with Sean and Debbie Fraser as well as Mike and Lorie Taylor. If you really want to be a part of Chrisy's journey, I encourage you to click on all the links in this post. You should really check out Sean and Debbie's website, Fraserworld, especially the "whatznew?" page. They've already put up a really cool collage of photos from the first day. It includes pictures of the braai. You can see the collage by clicking here. Additionally, you should have a look at the Taylor Family Adventure as they've had some excellent posts that will give you a taste of what's in store for Chrisy over the next two weeks. It's excellent stuff.

A couple people have asked about mail. Remember it's a short trip. If you want to send a letter, card, or note of encouragement to Chrisy while she is there, time is of the esscence. If you wait too long, it will arrive after she leaves. If you send it out in the next couple of days, she should get it before she departs on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14. Here's the mailing address if you are interested:

Chrisy Lynd
c/o Pangani
106 Emily Hobhouse Ave.
Pretoria North 0182
South Africa

Again, Chrisy and really appreciate all the support you have given us in regard to this trip.

Have fun clicking on the links and checking out all the details.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. I am not brave enough to travel so far, for so long, without my family, so I look forward to living vicariously through Chrisy, Maya, and all the others. My prayers are with all of them and the families they left behind (for a short time).

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jon Hall said...

I gotta weigh in as well... it's pretty incredible here already. The Pangani has been WAY undersold. It's a beautiful, serene, lush old place. A sprawling property. I dig the outdoors, so for me, this is getting close to the idea of Eden. Giant birds that resemble tertadactyls (or what I guess they may look like), geckos and some BIG bugs. Not much sleep our first night... up at 4am. No matter, it's going to be a great adventure!

8:23 PM  
Anonymous delia abascal said...

May God bless you for all the good you will be doing
Delia Abascal

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! All these Canyon Hills PEEPs I know in S Africa. Good for you! Fun to get the updates. Hope everyone there is well...tell them all hello! Good luck, God Bless
Melissa Michels

10:13 AM  
Blogger Rob Yackley said...

Thanks for the props bro. It’s GREAT to have Chrisy and the CHC gang down here...just wish you were with 'em!

5:02 AM  
Anonymous James Pena said...

We are thinking about you and your adventure in South Africa. We are very proud of the work you are doing!!!! All that you do will be rewarded in so many countless ways. You are blest and we love you very much. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Love, Dad and Sherry

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Crystal Larson said...

Thanks so much for the update Doah. I've been praying for Chrisy, Maya, Lisa and Jon and will continue to do so. So glad to know they got there safely. Hang in there while Chrisy is gone. God bless you guys!

Crystal Larson

2:07 PM  
Anonymous James Pena said...

Chrisy: Happy, Happy Birthday!!!
We are thinking of you today and hope everything is going well for you. Our prayers are with you for a very successful trip; come home safe and sound. Looking forward to hearing from you on your return.
Love, Dad and Sherry

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Cory Christie said...


Happy Mother's Day (as you have been filling in!) and much love to the kids this last day before she returns. I'm proud of all of you for your sacrifices while Chrisy has been gone.

Chrisy, I can't wait to hear all the stories. Let's plan on having all of you out here soon. May the seeds you planted grow into gardens of souls for Jesus! We are very proud of you and will be glad for your safe return.

Cory, Stephen, Alex & Mat

5:38 PM  

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