Missionary South Africa
Welcome to the missionary South Africa connection - the blog connection.
I would like to introduce you to one of the first families to be featured here, but first a little about South Africa itself.
You can never forget where the country is, of course - the name says it all. The country is famous for its gold, platinum and other minerals, but there's also agriculture including corn, wheat, sugarcane and fruits and vegetables. Other industries include metalwork and machinery, including automobile assembly. The stock exchange is one of the world's 10 largest.Over 44 million people live in the country
, but sadly the population is dropping due to the AIDs virus. Life expectancy is only 43 years. There are a number of languages that are widely spoken in South Africa, including IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, and Afrikaans.
Our missionary South Africa connection comes from Cape Town (the country's legislative centre), more specifically Somerset West, Cape Town.Dean and Paula Finnie and their sons Joel and Eli
are serving the church in the area, and are involved in work with the poor and sick as well as leadership training. Dean is, among other things, a juggler and unicycler, so the family's interests are certainly varied!
For a brief missionary South Africa overview, check out this page
The Finnie blog is called Adventures with God
, and the name fits! You'll read everything from ministry stories to family news to some of the major challenges and dangers the family has faced. But the focus remains the same - there's great comfort knowing who is there with them in the adventure!
News feed: feeds.feedburner.com/AdventuresWithGod
The Finnie family actually has a lot of great pictures in their blog, but they also have a dedicated photoblog. You can see the pictures in Finnie's in Focus
. There are lots of great photos of the kids here! If you want to be notified of new pictures, the photoblog has its own news feed at finniesfotos.blogspot.com/atom.xml
This blog has been in action since July 2004, and hopefully it will keep on strong. Thanks for blogging!
And thanks for stopping by the missionary South Africa page.
A few more facts about South Africa
South Africa ranks in the top 5 in the world when it comes to providing safe drinking waterSouth Africa's national flower, the Protea, has a bloom that can grow up to 1 foot or 30cm wide!Africaans is one of the world's youngest languages.In South Africa, the 26th of December is a holiday called the Day of Goodwill.South African meals usually include a lot of meat.South Africa is often referred to as The Rainbow Nation