Andrew and I love the Birds!!! They have become such dear friends to us and I love spending time with Amy and the boys. They really are the sweetest little guys ever! Yet, despite our friendship we had never had them all over for dinner so we got right to it and had them over this evening. It was a great time of fellowship and fun, which ended with the boys each taking a turn on the guitar...
Lyle Wetherston and I are from the same home church in South Africa and both served in the high school ministry there. Liz and Lyle are dear friends of mine, but now live in Australia and have a little daughter. Liz asked me to go shopping to buy some clothes for little Emma as prices over here are way more reasonable. I had so much fun choosing out little girls outfits for them!!! Here are a few of my favorites:
Lyle is in town to catch up on sleep after his long flight before heading off to Mark Dever's church for a Weekender there. We invited Lyle over for breakfast one morning where I fed the boys a real three course breakfast!!! Fruit Salad, Scones and cheese and then Bacon, Eggs and mushrooms on toast. They, needless to say, polished off just about everything with great ease!!!
It was great to see Lyle again and catch up on all the news. After breakfast Andrew and I dropped him off at the Grace To You building so he could meet Phil Johnson for lunch.
Today I walked home after driving the Mitchells around as they do not have their driver's licenses yet. I thought that on my walk back home it would be fun to snap a few shots of "Seminary Lane" or "Walnut Street". Here are my photo's!
Everyone knows and loves the Viljoens! So naturally, since they're in town for the Shepherd's Conference, all the South Africans got together at the Botes' home for a good old Braai (BBQ). Here are a few of the highlights...
Rebecca De Villiers brought her newborn along...
All the children just loved playing together for the afternoon...
And then there were the adults too! All catching up on years of being apart! It was such a blessed afternoon of fellowship! Thanks to Lynette for being a wonderful host and babysitter! ;)
The Shepherd's Conference here at Grace Community Church is a BIG DEAL!!! I have never experienced anything quite like this before. What an amazing opportunity for those who come to Grace to serve and encourage pastors from all over the world, while being encouraged by them at the same time! There were something like 3200 pastors that attended this year!
The campus is always at it's absolute best for the Shepherd's Conference... Even down to polishing the door handles of each room!
There is a vast abundance of food ALL OVER the campus! The men are truly spoiled when they come here!
Then there are the volunteers. Hundreds of them!!!
I volunteered to work in the Shepherd's Shoppe which sells all sorts of gifts for the men to take home with them. Here's what the store was like:
These are some of the wonderful people I served with in the store. It was a long, tiring week but I just loved every minute of it!!! Andrew and I would get to Church before the sun was up and leave around midnight every night because he was the Coordinator of the three Bookstores on campus. If you would like to take a look at the Conference Photographer's beautiful work, here is his link: