Mark was born in Swaziland.Â He was little when we moved back here, but he has always wanted to visit Swaziland.Â He does not remember much of Africa, but he has heard us talk about it.
On Monday, Mark starts his journey to visiting Swaziland.Â He leaves Chicago mid afternoon and arrives in Jo’burg the next evening.Â Then he will journey to Swaziland to stay for a month with his Opa and Oma.
For school, he is taking some math and books that he needs to read for Literature class.Â He will using his writing skills to send me notes and write blogs.Â Past that, his job is to learn whatever he can.
We are not really sure what Mark will be doing there.Â He is hoping to learn about the transmitter site Opa and Daddy used to work at.Â He is looking forward to helping Oma do different things.Â Exploring the town and meeting people is exciting too. He would love to visit game parks.Â He wants to learn a little siSwati. There are so many opportunities!
Please pray for Mark and his grandparents!Â Pray for safe travel and patience during the long trip.Â Mark gets to experience jet lag and missing his family. Pray that he can be a great help and an encourager to those he meets.Â Pray that so many new experiences won’t overwhelm him.Â Please pray also that Mark’s relationship with his grandparents grows as he learns more about what they do and interacts with them on a daily basis.
Most importantly, please pray with us that as Mark leaves most everything he is comfortable with,Â he grows in what he knows about the true God.Â We would love to see the faith that he has to grow and become stronger.