a day off

Our luxuriously lazy rest days are truly something to look forward to. Starting off with a slow and late morning breakfast including scrambled eggs, toast and many cups of tea, our team dissipated into our own personal pleasures. I opted to bask in the sun with the conclusion of my first novel, Erin and Patrick chose to hike the hill laying next to our dusty campsite, Syd played his guitar, and Anna chose to take some time to write in her journal. In the evening the team joined in on an intense game of soccer with some of the local farm boys; unfortunately for Syd and Patrick, Erin chose the stronger team and left the boys wallowing in their defeat! After a late dinner by the campfire we all headed to bed, ready for today’s run.
Setting out at 6 am to a crisp, clear morning, we all felt excited to keep putting days behind us. With only one run left this week, the anticipation of reaching the 10% mark is growing. Maybe it’s premature of me to countdown already…………

7 Responses to “a day off”

  1. Hi guys!

    I’ve been reading your blog and heard about your luggage woes from Mrs. J and my mom. that sucks so much! Keep hanging in there.
    Glad to hear you wooped the guys, Erin! 🙂 and congrats on reaching the 1/10 mark. it’s good to count em down. just think how far you two have gone. keep at it.

  2. Mike Coey Says:

    Hi Guys,

    I am enjoying following your progress via the blog – keep up the great entries. I think that there is something special and ritualistic about wearing the same clothes for each leg of the journey. You should come up with some game each day that produces a winner and loser (like the soccer match) and the loser then has to hand wash the running garments.

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your provisions – I hope that you soon find some extra blankets somewhere!

    We are very proud of all of you back here in comfortable Victoria; keep plugging away at it and soak up the experience!

    Best Regards,

    Mike Coey

  3. Daniel McDougall Says:

    Hi Erin and Reuben,
    You’ve made excellent progress so far! You seem in good humour (especially Erin, I imagine, after kicking the football AND some male butts), and we’ll continue to pray alongside you as you rest and run. I’m speaking again tomorrow morning at Christ Community so I’ll be sure to put a plug for prayer from the pulpit (it’s great to have a captive audience). FYI, Sunday afternoon is also Sarah and Jason’s wedding day at CCC so I’ll remind your friends there to check your website and blog.
    Cheers and blessings to you both (and the team too, of course)
    Daniel and Sandi

  4. Tina & Ed Pierik & family Says:

    Hi Erin, Reuben and team!
    We are so enjoying your blog entries…it allows us to feel part of the whole adventure and I am using the updates at Bayside Middle School…we are praying for you guys everyday. Jason Pierik and Sarah Koster are getting married tomorow…so exciting!
    Sending you lots of love,
    Tina Pierik & Family

  5. Herodotus Says:

    There is certainly a big pro-Christian bias in the comment section. Unfortunate and unnecessary.

  6. Dear Rueben / Erin:

    Just a short note of encouragement from soggy Vancouver (where the tenatacles of winter remains firmly in place). I have been watching your progress with interest look forward to further updates as you head deeper into the continent.

    Stephen (Lundin for Africa)

  7. Daniel McDougall Says:

    Apologies to ‘Herodotus’ for the “pro-Christian bias” which he found “unfortunate and unnecessary”. You’re absolutely right, our anonymous friend, IF a bias towards the One who has infused his people and this worthy project with life is indeed unfortunate OR comments which acknowledge the care of a family of faith are indeed unnecessary. I too would be incensed if I perceived an unreflective obeisance to a non-existent coping mechanism like reverence for the ‘Great Lima Bean in the Sky’ who gives all human beans their raison d’etre. All this solitary pilgrim can tell you is that we have embraced Reuben and Erin with our love and prayers and we trust that what is truly ‘necessary’ and ‘fortunate’ for their success would be theirs. And who knows? Perhaps a measure of unexpected hope for literacy and prosperity will accompany their steps through southern Africa, even as we support them from various perspectives. And this will be (dare I say it without censure?) a profound blessing.

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