Monday, February 7, 2011

Jungle Gym Dismantled

"Rain, Rain Go Away Come Back On Another Day" How many times have we sung this song? Well on Wednesday 5 January 2011 it would have been really applicable. Hendri and I were asked to dismantle and retrieve a Jungle gym that was donated in Sandton and by the pictures we saw, we knew that this Jungle Gym was big and a handful but what we forgot was that the camera always lies.

 This was truly a blessing - a gift from God - as this jungle gym was HUGE and from it we would be able to build three smaller sized gyms for the crèches in Tembisa. But now how will we get it away? We decided to recruit Llewellyn Scheepers (Lucas and Leona's 16 year old son) and a 750kg trailer and off we went. On the way it started pouring down and we got worried but on our arrival the rain stopped and it seemed like we would be able to work in dry conditions or so we thought….. Enter Rain stage left!  A nice and refreshing rain started to fall on us and cooled our bodies from the hard labour we where performing and later on we were given refuge bags to serve as a rain coat. But alas the rain was stronger and we got soaked - but we kept going dismantling pole for pole, bolt by bolt. 2 hours later when we completed our dismantling the rain stopped.

We loaded all the poles onto the hired trailer that was 80 meters away, but the platform was too big and we had to dismantle it as well. But that was the least of our worries as it started to look as if the trailer would soon be overloaded but by God's grace and mercy we loaded the recently disassembled platform and all of the poles. Now to return home and off load.

Silence was the key word in the Isuzu on the way back as we were all so exhausted but yet satisfied as we knew we had done this to benefit children that are less fortunate, instead of enriching ourselves or a company. And that gave us new power and hope for after we stopped at the Scheepers residence to drop off the gym it took a mere half an hour to offload the trailer instead of the hour it took to load it all.

We are in the progress of designing and building the new Jungle gyms and I'm looking forward to telling you all about that.  

"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." NLT Philippians 4 v 13

With Love in Christ

Michael Furstenburg

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