My May Serve Experience: Swaziland

By Sarah Cadd (’12)

Wow, what an adventure my time at George Fox University has been, and little did I know that it would not end after graduation. I was selected along with 14 other students and two alumni leaders as part of a May Serve team that would spend three weeks in Swaziland, Africa.

During our time in Nsoko, Swaziland, we worked with a ministry called Adventures in Missions (AIM). Each week we served with AIM ministry partners, doing everything from spending time with community members in their homes to working on construction projects and visiting care points. Kids walked from miles around to receive a meal at the care points, and our team prepared Bible lessons, crafts, games and skits to share Jesus with them.

Sharing the ABC books my third graders made in the States

I graduated this year with a degree in elementary education. During my last semester here, I did my student teaching in a third grade classroom. My third graders are so kind hearted and wanted to be a part of my trip, so they made alphabet books to share with the kids of Swaziland. What a blessing it was to be a small part of this learning experience – for my students and the kids in Swaziland.

Now that I am home, and falling victim to jet lag, I can’t help but think of the countless memories made, funny moments shared with the team and the beautiful African sunsets. The wise souls I met during home visits, the amazing church services in that big, hot tent and the odd feeling it was to wear jeans again. Eating raw sugar from the cane, killing giant bugs and Swazi kids falling asleep in my arms.

But mostly, I will remember feeling the Holy Spirit moving in every place I went. God is doing great things in Swaziland, and what a blessing it was to be his hands and feet while there for only a short period of time.

The GFU May Serve team with AIM Ministry Partners
At a care point performing a skit for the kids
An amazing African sunset