We had a great week of vacation after Christmas parties wrapped up here in Swaziland with our friends the Pierces – there’s not uch better than a string of days together with sand and sun and salt water and no agenda but getting too much sun and putting on aloe! Here’s a couple highlights!

pierces and cru in umdloti

beach 2008


re: mission ‘party’ accomplished


What a great day celebrating “Jabulani Inkhosinati” – Celebrate because God has come  to us!  Jesus did come as a baby to reveal God to us and make the way for our forgiveness.  And today we celebrated God’s goodness to us – thanks for praying for us and making it happen!


re: transitions and graduations

makholweni graduation 2008

December already?!  No way!  This year has simply flown by -we just can’t believe it’s almost over!  How does this happen?

2008 has been a year of significant transitions for us as a family, and we genuinely thank you all for your friendship and prayer as we have been working here in Africa with Childrens’ Cup.

Last week was graduation week in our Cup pre-schools. Crystal and I are ‘missionaries’ over 3 Cup CarePoints – Madonsa, Mbekleweni, and Makholweni.  We were able to celebrate with the graduating classes and their caregivers as the children completed their first 2 years of schooling.  The children are graduating into primary school – 1st-3rd grad depending on how they score on their entrance exams.  Schools are not free here, so please pray with us for school fees and scholarships to be available for all of our graduates!

The more significant ‘graduation’ of the year for us, however, was our Mom’s.  Crystal’s mom, Florence Best, went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2008.  In many real ways we are still coming to grips with mom’s death every day.  We know that Mom is celebrating her best Thanksgiving ever in Paradise with Christ, but ours without her here was not without tears…  Thanks for praying for us as we learn to live without her.

We are truly thankful and excited about the work here, and our role in helping to raise Cup’s level of biblical and leadership discipleship with over 3600 Cup children in Swaziland.  Next week, in the first week of December, we will have 3 Christmas parties for well over 5000 kids!

Our first and biggest is party is for 4000 kids in Manzini, and our friends Jeff and Angi Pierce and their girls will be arriving just in time to help us!  We can’t wait for them to arrive, to live and serve in life with us for a month here in Swaziland!

We pray that if this season holds transitions and graduations for you, as it has for us, that you will seek comfort in the peace of our Savior, Jesus.