Photo Blog: Farewell Summer Braai

Yebo Life hosted its first official #YLgathering in Cape Town last Saturday — the Farewell Summer Braai. (By the way, we're so stoked about setting this part of our ministry into motion!) Over the course of a few hours, 24 young adults shared laughs, stories, chips (a braai must-have), dinner, and incredible views of Noordhoek.

The point? Community — solid, genuine community. The goal? To raise money for 50 pairs of kids' shoes... because on April 22nd, we're heading out to Philippi with Samaritan's Feet to distribute them to a group of farm children.

If you have a story to tell, a passion to pursue, something that moves you forward… find people to share it with and gather. Gather for dinner, gather for a walk, around a campfire — just gather. Watch what happens when you connect with others who are threaded with the same sense of purpose.
— offbeat + inspired

Tony and I went out and bought a few pieces of plywood. Then we went and asked some guys if they'd be kind enough to cut us some pine tree stumps about yea-high, and they did. So come Saturday, we set up a table for 22 at the entrance to our two-bedroom flat.

Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai

We made a Chemex full of celebratory coffee just before our friends Fanus, Richard, Natasha, and Stef showed up to pray a blessing over the evening. Then Stef lit the braai fire, and one-by-one and two-by-two, some of our favorite people in this beautiful city showed up to "gather."

Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai
Farewell Summer Braai

By 7:30, the sun had set and the boerewors had finished cooking. It was time to eat! We had gourmet boerie rolls with tomato and eggplant relish (chickpea burgers for some), braai'd baby potatoes, and spicy grilled corn.

Farewell Summer Brai
Farewell Summer Braai

After dinner, Tony's brother Chase pulled out his guitar and strummed a few acoustic tunes while we sipped mugs of hot coffee and tea. I wish I had some photos of the impromptu house show to share with you, but the sky was too dark and the stars too captivating.

It was a moment worth savoring — a moment that necessitated the sitting down of one's camera and the soaking in of the senses. The sound of guitar strings. The sight of close friends snuggled up close. The taste of honey-sweetened rooibos. The smell of the pines. And the touch of my husband's arm entwined with mine.

For information on future #YLgatherings, please click here.