“WHAT’S IN A NAME?”: Encountering the Youth of South Africa and Malawi
Posted on September 24, 2014 by Rev. Shari Brink

This is Rev. Shari Brink’s second in a three-part blog series on her trip to South Africa and Malawi. To read the third and final installment in the series, please click here. And for more information join Rev. Brink and other Marble members for a special Spiritual Growth Hour reflecting on the trip on Sunday, November 9 at 1:15pm in the Labyrinth Room.

Blog 2:

Thembalesizwe means “Hope of the Nation.” And Thabo means joy. As we traveled through South Africa and Malawi, visiting 8 primary and secondary schools, we learned to ask “What does the name of your school mean?” and “What does YOUR name mean?”

“DO YOU HAVE SOUTH AFRICA COURAGE?”: Revisiting a South Africa Partner Church and Related NGO
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Rev. Shari Brink

This is Rev. Shari Brink’s first in a three-part blog series on her trip to South Africa and Malawi. For the second installment, please click here. For more information join Rev. Brink and other Marble members for a special Spiritual Growth Hour reflecting on the trip on Sunday, November 9 at 1:15pm in the Labyrinth Room.

South Africa and Malawi Reflections
“The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed… it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown, it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13: 31, 32)

Blog 1:

“Do you have South Africa courage?” This was the question whispered to me by an elder of the church as I sat down after preaching the sermon. I’d love to think I have “South Africa courage,” I thought, but it’s a high standard! Was he asking because – based on my sermon – he thought I might have it or because he could see I most certainly did not?These questions immediately sliced their way through my brain.