Swaziland was one of my favorite months. My team and one other team spent the month in Nsoko, Swaziland, which is in the very far south corner of the country. If you’re unfamiliar, Swaziland is a country bordered entirely by South Africa and is still a monarchy.
When we finally arrived at the team house in Nsoko after a day long bus ride I noticed an Auburn sweatshirt sitting on a bench by the kitchen. Being two months removed from home and in the midst of football season (Go Dawgs), this insignificant little talisman was like coming home. The owner of that sweatshirt, Morgan, became my dear friend during our month in Swaziland. We remained in touch during the following months and she was waiting with my family at the airport when I arrived home! Since that November, our lives have been intertwined and I am forever grateful for her friendship.
While we lived in Swaziland, our team partnered with AIM missionaries working alongside members of the community to provide carepoints and sponsorship to children. We went on several home visits: I met one of the oldest women I have ever seen in my life. She exuded strength and truth. It was amazing. I also had the privilege to pray over a woman in the late stages of cancer who had two small sons, which was one of the hardest experiences of my life. We put together a few Christmas programs for the children at the different carepoints and several of us got to harvest vegetables for the carepoint meals during the week! Since we were in Swaziland during November, we spent Thanksgiving here. We worked with several of the missionary families nearby and our Swazi friends to create a feast that included turkey (two! killed that morning), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and so much more! By far, Swaziland was one of the most influential countries I visited. I love it still.