Dinner & Lunch

Trip Start Oct 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday evening was spent with Heidi and Steve, ex New Tribes missionaries.  We met Heidi in the car park at Jaars while we were visiting the Alphabet museum there.  They invited us to a family dinner which was wonderful.  Kerrin had someone her own age to hang with - I'm told that 13 yr olds don't play!!  They had a lodger who was into IT and games, so Tim slotted right in and was on one of his PC's in no time!  It was great to spend time in a normal setting!!  Their son Jon had been injured in Iraq during the war (in a car accident) and had lost his speech, use of his left arm and could not walk  (he could ride a tricycle though).  He spoke by one finger typing into a small pc which then spoke the sentences.  Wayne spent some time chatting about cycling - he has a friend who has cycled across America a number of times....makes cycling to Cape Town seem puny!

On Sunday we met up with Dave & Nikki Bremner who stay in Fort Baxter (about 30 miles from where we were).  We joined them at the local YMCA for the Eternity Church service.  The church is 5 years old and meets in the Y each week.  Dave, summed up the worship quite succinctly when said the band/worship team sings well and loudly, and everyone else mimes along...  
Lunch with Dave, Nikki, Natalia (their eldest daughter) and Alan her new husband, was great - people who spoke our language.  They explained some of the nuances of football, politics and American language to us...They also fed us great braai'd chicken flatties...

We returned to our apartment quite buoyed and ready to face more travel in the morning.  As we left Jaars, Wayne went to settle our account and bumped into a lady who promptly listened to his accent and said "You are from South Africa aren't you - I grew up there." 
Wayne : "Really, where?"
Jaars lady: "oh Kwa Zulu Natal"
Wayne: "wow where in Kwa Zulu Natal?"
Jaars lady: "a small town in the midlands - Howick"
Wayne: (stunned)  "We come from Howick, where did you worship?"
Jaars lady: "Howick Community Church".....
It turns out it was Cheri - Wilfred Hart's daughter.
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