The first week in April, I was able to go to Durban South Africa with the others on my team for our staff conference that lasted for four days. All the staff members of Campus Crusade for Christ were there from all over South Africa, and it was interesting to get to meet those of whom I had only heard about in small talk.
The Conference was entitled Organizational Health, Healing and Holiness. There had been some things done in the past with the Crusade organization as a whole, most of which I didn’t really know about, and there was a lot of hurt feeling going around with everyone, so they decided to have a conference in which those three things would be focused on and accomplished. I know for me, there was a lot of healing, mainly stretching out on the beach and catching some rays. The conference as a whole really met what I think the staff was wanting to accomplish, and everyone had some fun as well.
Durban is on the eastern side of South Africa, on the coast by the Indian Ocean. With wonderful gusts of wind, I was able to somewhat relax and take in the sun. The conference gave a good chunk each day of free time, which was mostly used for laying on the beach or jumping in the Ocean. Myself and James, the other teammate that lives with me, were able to meet a few guys from Pretoria and JoBurg and play some tackle rugby in the ocean. It was such a good time of being guys, laughing about the hits that were put on us and the hits that we were able to lay out as well.
After the conference was over with, our team stayed a couple days more to be able to hangout as a whole team instead of our separation the rest of the time. We had a few normal meetings, but it was mostly more relaxation and hanging out. We were able to go to a place called the Canopy tours, where you are strapped into a harness and glide from tree to tree on large iron cords. It was a fun time and a great experience, and the whole week was very needed and helpful in continuing on in the ministry.