Survey Trip, Part 1, The Townships, Buildings and People

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The month of May brought our long-anticipated SURVEY TRIP!

Oh, how our hearts were stirred by this trip…….

I’m splitting the details of the trip into several posts because I have so many pictures to share with you. :)

I’m going to start with the most heartbreaking moments of our trip: our days in the townships.

The townships in South Africa are where the blacks reside. There are several townships in Port Elizabeth, and the surprising fact is that they are all a VERY short distance from the more affluent white communities. Literally, one minute you’re in a decent neighborhood, on a paved road, and the very next minute you are experiencing poverty, filth, cardboard homes, trash filled dirt roads, and animals running through the streets.


Homes are constructed from anything available….often simply layers of cardboard with only a tarp for a roof.

(And we complain about OUR houses???)



Want to do your laundry this way?


Need to use the restroom?

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Rocks were holding this “roof” down…

IMG_0112 IMG_0115 IMG_0116 IMG_0042 IMG_0002Children run freely everywhere, with little to no adult supervision.

Seriously, tiny little ones, running around in the streets.  IMG_0033

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We passed out candy and gospel tracts, and played a makeshift soccer with some of the children.

It was clearly evident that many of the children are sick, probably with HIV.


Their precious faces haunt our memories.


They have no hope of ever leaving the destitution and poverty of the townships.

In Part 2, I’ll share the about attending church in the townships. This was church like we’ve never experienced, friends.











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