Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
It has been four weeks since we arrived in South Africa and we are loving it! Thankfully we were able to find and sign a contract on a rental property here a few weeks before arriving and we were able to move in a few days after our arrival. The past few weeks have been spent setting up our home, utility services and car shopping, etc. We are excited to be able to begin our language studies very soon! Please pray with us that the Lord would sharpen our minds and allow us to catch on to this new language quickly.
Some new things we are getting used to are:
- Driving on the opposite side of the road. Needless to say, I’ve scared a few South Africans, and my wife, with this one on more than one occasion.
- One of the conveniences that I like here is the electricity. It’s a prepaid system with a meter inside the house. You buy power at the convenience store or the grocery store and then enter your code at the meter in your house. I catch myself being a lot more conservative here, since as you walk by and see the meter, you watch your money tick away.
- When going out to eat, most restaurants have a children’s section where they watch your children while you eat. It’s filled with pin ball machines, gaming stations, and jungle gyms (all free). Unreal!
- These enormous seagull type birds that perch outside our window and sound like dying children. Seriously, the first time we heard them, we thought it was one of ours in trouble.
I am sure I will be giving you all a few more of these in the following months.
We have been attending Madiba Bay Baptist Church since our arrival (the first church my bother started about 6 years ago). Although we are a bit lost considering the language barrier, we are enjoying the fellowship with our new friends. A few days ago, we were able to visit the site of a future church plant in Kwadwesi with a young leader out of Madiba Bay, Sipo Bonga. It was super exciting walking the streets, talking with several families, and gaining new contacts in preparation for the launch in February. This area has thousands upon thousands of residents and no gospel preaching church. We plan on helping out in whatever way we can during our Xhosa language studies.
As always, we are so thankful for each and every one of you all and your continued support of our ministry, whether through prayer or financial giving. We are so thankful for your allowing the Lord to work through you to see lives changed here in South Africa.
God Bless and Merry Christmas!
Jeremy & Rebekah Hall
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