Chruch in Osezweni South Africa

March 14, 2010 - 4:27 am 1 Comment

Waiting to get access to start setting up for church.

Waiting to get access to start setting up for church.

We went to church with mom and dad Knudsen in Osezweni near Madedeni, the smallest of their three branches.  So small they call it a twig.  Erika and I helped setup the small community room that they rent.  I helped prepare and pass the sacrament.  Erika led the music without accompaniment.  She had to sing the first few measures solo to get everyone started.  Way to go Erika!

Sister Knudsen helping in Primary.

Sister Knudsen helping in Primary.

Probably the closest thing to a church solo she will ever want to do again.  We were introduced, asked to share our testimonies and I gave the closing prayer.  I had a feeling we were going to get to participate.  We had a group of 47 attending.  The numbers were down because of the rain.

Cows right outside the window durring sacrament meeting.

Cows right outside the window durring sacrament meeting.

Most of them live in large groups in a cinder block, tin roof house with a flushing toilet and a sink.  No showers.  Despite the poverty and living conditions everyone was well dressed.

I cannot get over how happy everyone is.  Everyone, especially the children, are all smiles.  They are so happy and they have so little.  They speak between three and seven languages and their English is great.

They are a very religious people.  They go to a lot of different kinds of Christian denominations.  There was even a mega-church called the Potter’s House that met under a super-sized tent.

One Response to “Chruch in Osezweni South Africa”

  1. Amy McOmber Says:

    what a great experience! Are your parents still there?