Photo Blog: Team Detroit 2016

As many of you know, Team Detroit (actually called "Movement Ministries") of Grace Christian Church recently spent an amazing 9 days with Yebo Life in Cape Town! This blog showcases some our favorite photos of the team's time here. (Huge thanks to Fanus Spammer for capturing the trip so perfectly!)

This was Team Detroit's 3rd time serving with Yebo Life. Each year, they stay at The Team House in Noordhoek, an amazing guesthouse setup specifically to host missions teams. Here's the team in one of the house's communal areas—all 13 were gathered for a cultural briefing led by Tony.

The team arrived on a Friday evening, and after the briefing on Saturday morning, everyone piled in the van and ventured on a Cape Peninsula tour—including an ostrich farm, Cape Point, and Boulders Beach. Later that evening, they attended a fundraising dinner in Lavender Hill for one of our ministry partners.

The following morning, the team attended Christian Assemblies Church. Pastor Gerald Wildschutt (Christian Assemblies) invited Pastor Dan Lenn (Grace Christian Church) to give the Sunday message! The rest of the team also performed two skits for the congregation and shared their testimonies.

That afternoon, the team and our ministry partners enjoyed lunch together then went into the city to catch some views of Table Mountain. The next morning, the ministry week kicked off at Brightly Beams Educare, where the team led classes on Monday and Tuesday.

Prior to arriving in Cape Town, the team raised money to build a gate to the parking lot shared by Christian Assemblies Church and Brightly Beams Educare. Local workers were able to finish the project while Team Detroit was in Cape Town! The gate will provide additional safety to church members and to the preschoolers, as they have outside playtime in the parking lot.

Monday evening, Youth Pastor Shaun Notcutt (Bay Community Church) joined Yebo Life and Movement Ministries at The Team House for a worship and prophetic arts evening. Shaun led the group in a time of worship and sharing, while people were invited to write encouraging words on art cards prepared by Melanie Heath. These cards will be used to help launch Yebo Life's future prayer and evangelism initiative.

Tuesday is always one of the favorite days of the week. For anyone who's ever had the privilege of serving with Edwin and Angie Du Plooy (Restoring Hands), you know what I mean! Volunteers get to be in the heart of Lavender Hill doing art with children, sharing Jesus, praying for people, and serving food. It's the perfect time to connect with locals and to get an authentic feel for the community. (And if you're lucky, Edwin may give one of his tear-jerking speeches!)

Wednesday was a public holiday, so it was pretty low-key. The team spent the afternoon with Edwin in Cafda, a community where Edwin and Angie recently started a Sunday school. Then Tony taught 8 team members how to surf at Muizenberg Beach. On Thursday, the team took all of the Brightly Beams children on a field trip to the World of Birds!

After the field trip, they joined Ronald Abels (Future Life) and his team at Capricorn Primary for Future Talk. The team performed skits, shared testimonies, and helped local volunteers facilitate small group discussions.

After a morning of doing cleanup chores at a local safe house, the team went to Future Talk at Westlake Primary on Friday afternoon. That evening, they served at Cross Life, a youth program started by Ronald for the Westlake community. They played games, danced their socks off, performed skits, shared testimonies, and prayed with the youth.

As gangsterism, drugs, and violence threaten each community we work in, one team member's testimony of surviving 10 bullet wounds (close range with a 40-caliber pistol) was particularly powerful throughout the week. We are certain God will continue to use Gary's story to move in the hearts of all who heard.

Saturday morning was another incredible day, as the team funded and helped build a new home for a couple who attends Edwin and Angie's soup kitchen.

Early Sunday, the team drove 2.5 hours to Aquila Private Game Reserve for a well-deserved rest before they flew back to Detroit!

We want to say "THANK YOU SO MUCH!" to Dan and Renee Lenn, their team, and all who supported them—for their hard work, love, and commitment to these local communities. Your impact will be felt for years to come.