Swimming and Security

Rebekah and Ruthie will be taking swimming lessons from a lady in town that our friend Kristi recommended.  The paper I was given outlines the schedule and fees but, unlike what I am used to, it then gives half a page of precautions and warnings about security including… “…there is a 15 minute period between lessons when our vehicles can be stolen; this is due to parents driving in and out.  This heightens the chance of a hijacking taking place instead of theft.  Be aware of vehicles parked in a bus halt with unknown people sitting in them.  Don’t take for granted that one is safe…”  It goes on and on.

It is hard to determine how real the risk is.  So far we have felt relatively safe here, as if we live in a larger US city.  The violent crime rate is high in the townships, rural areas, and cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria.   We know there is a significant theft problems where we live, but if we are careful, is there much danger?  The family from Zimbabwe told us that white South Africans are so afraid of blacks that they exaggerate the risks.  They maintain that it is safe for us to go into “black areas” … everyone would know we are Americans because white South Africans would “never go there.”  We will be cautious, but don’t want to be prisoners in our home either.

This is a strange place to live!  We are starting to get used to the alarms, gates, razor wire and consistent barking of guard dogs.   There is always a thought about crime in the back of your mind, but to dwell on it constantly would lead to insanity.  We appreciate your prayers for our safety and for wisdom as we make decisions about where to go and what to do.

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3 Responses to “Swimming and Security”


  1. 1 Angela January 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for letting us know how to pray. Hope you continue to enjoy the beauty of the land and of the people you have begun to meet.

  2. 2 Kylie January 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Wow. So much to think about! We certainly do pray and will continue to pray for you all. Love you.

  3. 3 Sheri January 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Kristin, thanks for all the stories. I’ve been keeping Kelsie updated by showing her your photos and videos, and sharing some of your adventures. We’ve had a little snow (finally) and missed a few school days this week. Blessings to you all!


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