SNU Swaziland Team News

Today the office of Spiritual Development at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) received the following update from the SNU Swaziland team led by Kendra Thomson, Executive Director of Alumni and Strategic Communications at Southern Nazarene University.

Sanibonani! Greetings from Swaziland! Thank you friends for all of your prayers for the SNU Swaziland Team. Today marks one week we have been serving in Swaziland. What a week it has been! We have painted and installed (glazed) windows at a church in the South - Ndubazi...we have worked in a community garden in Nkiliji - digging trenches in knee-deep mud to irrigate the garden...we have played for hours and hours with the area children. We also spent a very emotional day with the HIV-AIDS task force, going with them as they visited their clients who are living with HIV-AIDS.

Dr. Terry Toler, Vice President for University Advancement & Church Relations at SNU, reported, “Last evening we were privileged to meet with Dr. Samuel Hynd - who is 85 years old and is still practicing medicine and championing the fight against HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. Dr. Hynd delivered the King of Swaziland - and what stories he told about the monarchy - the tribal ways of the Swazis and the Nazarene Church. Our students were keenly aware that they were in the presence of a giant of the faith. He challenged them to be obedient to God's call on their lives.”

Sunday, the team worshipped at Sharpe Memorial Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Gresham brought greetings for our group, and then our students, along with the students from ENC, sang two songs in SiSwati and Amazing Grace along with the congregation. It was an amazing day to be worshipping alongside our Swazi brothers and sisters.

We will be painting at the Nazarene College of Nursing... and will be joining in ministry at Gigi's Kitchen (a ministry to Swazi orphans).

Each day has brought challenges, but also great joy. Our students are working hard and giving 100% daily. I have been so proud of them, their flexibility and their willingness to jump in and try new things. They are representing SNU well, and more importantly, they are shining the light of Christ everywhere they go.

Brent & Michaele LaVigne are incredible coordinators for our team. They have prepared full and meaningful days. Amy & Andy Curry are here with us as they prepare to take over as the LaVignes leave around the middle of June. It has been great to be with this great couple and SNU Alumni.

Dr. Loren Gresham, Dr. Terry Toler and Dr. Rex Tullis are with us between their meetings with Dr. Winnie and Swaziland University. It has been great to have them along as well. We covet your continued prayers for safety, health, rest, all of our ministry partners, our service and for the people of Swaziland. I believe you will see a group of forever-changed students upon their return. Also, if you can, please pray for us on Thursday. We will be serving with the Luke Commission on this day - going out into the rural areas to set up a clinic. The day will start very early and will not end until we have seen each client.