Adventures with Precious and Phumla

If you recall, Precious and her daughter Phumla live in a small room attached to the house we live in.  Although she is bright and talented and Precious works everyday, she barely has enough money to buy the basics.

Saturday morning cartoons in the bed Precious and Phumla share

Saturday morning cartoons in the bed Precious and Phumla share

We have decided that God has brought them into our path for a reason, so we are trying to be obedient to the commands to help the needy.  To help reduce her food costs, we invite them to have dinner with us almost every night.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the time with them, learning about her life and faith.

Fortunately we have also been able to take them on some new adventures, things they can’t do because they have no car or money…

Phumla had never been fishing before, and does not have an involved father to take her

Phumla had never been fishing before, and does not have an involved father to take her

Brian took all the girls fishing, and caught one of the biggest fish he has ever reeled in!  Phumla loved it!

Brian took all the girls fishing, and caught one of the biggest fish he has ever reeled in! Phumla loved it!

Rachel is "morally opposed" to fishing, but she made the best of it!  Here she was showing off the sunglasses she "stole" from Precious

Rachel is "morally opposed" to fishing, but she made the best of it! Here she was showing off the sunglasses she "stole" from Precious

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We went to a neat little town along the Midlands Meander where there was a candle making shop…

Everyone participated

Everyone participated

Precious helping Ruthie

Precious helping Ruthie

After coming home, Precious carefully wrapped the candles she and Phumla made and put them in her drawer for "special occasions"

After coming home, Precious carefully wrapped the candles she and Phumla made and put them in her drawer for "special occasions." It cost me only $.60 for each person to make a candle, but to her it was very valuable and special

On the way back from the candle making trip, we saw a waterfall off in the distance.  Precious and Phumla were thrilled to catch a glimpse.  So, the next chance we had…

Howick Falls, less than 30 minutes from our house

Howick Falls, less than 30 minutes from our house... Look carefully at the top - see the people washing their clothes? (See Picture section)

We hiked to the bottom so we could see the falls up close

We hiked to the bottom so we could see the falls up close

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Unfortunately our car does not have room for everyone, so since there are essentially no car safety laws (no car seats - this one we imported - kids sitting on laps, in the front seats with no belts, etc ) we often do things we would never do back home... This time Phumla and Bekah rode in the boot (trunk)

Unfortunately our car does not have room for everyone, so since there are essentially no car safety laws (no car seats - this one we imported - kids sitting on laps, in the front seats with no belts, etc ) we often do things we would never do back home... This time Phumla and Bekah rode in the boot (trunk)

Precious is from Port Shepstone, just under 3 hours from here.  She is the only family member who does not still live in the township where she grew up.  It is both costly and risky for Precious and Phumla to take the multiple taxis home, and without any cars in the extended family there is little way to visit each other.  Phumla and Precious both have birthdays this month, so we decided to drive them home to see their relatives for the weekend.  We are apparently the only white people to EVER enter their house…

Inside the house Precious grew up in with her Dad, Step-Mom, Granny, siblings and cousins... Just some of the many relatives who greeted us!

Inside the house Precious grew up in with her Dad, Step-Mom, Granny, siblings and cousins... Just some of the many relatives who greeted us!

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Bekah with a mouthful of a Zulu vegetable they shared with us from the garden... It was better with salt!

Bekah with a mouthful of a Zulu vegetable they shared with us from the garden... It was better with salt!

Over the past 7 years, Precious has saved small amounts of money to buy land near her relatives and build a “house of their own.”  We walked down the steep footpath to see it…

The half finished two room house

The half finished two room house

It will take less than $500 to complete the house, but that is significant for them

It will take less than $500 to complete the house, but that is significant for them

Precious dreams of one day living here and opening a Creche (Christian preschool) in the neighborhood.  Presently there are no schools for children prior to Kindergarten, and so the children are often completely unsupervised all day and unprepared for schooling later.

A neighbor's house.  I saw several small, naked children here.

A neighbor's house. I saw several small, naked children here.

The neighbor closest to where Precious is building

The neighbor closest to where Precious is building

On the drive home Sunday Precious told us her family “went on and on” about how friendly and relaxed we were in their home.  They were apparently “shocked” that we would want to visit with them, and could hardly believe that we were trying to learn a little Zulu.  Why wouldn’t we want to visit with these kind and generous people?  It was definitely the highlight of my weekend.

Before we left, Precious’ Auntie, Uncle and Cousins brought us some Zulu gifts, and believe me they don’t have anything extra.

The cousins climbed up their tree to pick a bag full of guava fruit.  Auntie then walked to the water pump to wash them for us.

The cousins climbed up their tree to pick a bag full of guava fruit. Auntie then walked to the water pump to wash them for us.

Gifts of fresh lemons and avocados as well as that huge piece of sugar cane

Gifts of fresh lemons and avocados as well as that huge piece of sugar cane

We are looking forward to many more adventures with Precious and Phumla!

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6 Responses to “Adventures with Precious and Phumla”


  1. 1 Jennifer Wright May 5, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Kristin,

    You and your family have been brought into Precious and Phumla’s lives for a reason. What a blessing you are to them! You are definitely following God’s commandments. We continue to pray for you. Jennifer

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  3. 3 Anne May 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful. Beautiful. What a blessing you are to them, and what a richness this is bringing to everyone – even people over here who are just reading your blog!

  4. 4 carole van housen May 8, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Hi Everyone,

    We were so glad to read about your visit with Precious and Phumla. Their pictures are wonderful. I am always struck by the light in their faces and eyes. The Lord? Your trip and visit sound great; we are sure all were blessed. The pictures are wonderful to see. Gives us a better idea of what you are experiencing.

    Love you! Bapa & Grammy

  5. 5 Kylie May 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    We are enjoying reading all the many adventures you are having. What a blessing you must be to Precious and Phumla. I think it’s neat how God brought them to you. Thank you for being such wonderful examples for all of us. We love you.
    P.S. Did you find out about Rachels buddy at preschool? Is he adoptable? 🙂

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTHIE! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!
    Love, us


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