Tuesday, 14 August 2012

St Mary's Hospital Durban- Monday 13 August

Richard Westwood writes...

Today was a day which involved all three of the Link 4 Life Project's partner charities.  All of the Church and Community Team were staying at the Hands at Work base ("The Hub").  Most of them stayed there to help with practical tasks (organising a donation of 2,000 shoes which had been received, and moving building materials to a different part of the site).  But also 5 of our team left early for the Mercy Air base, also in White River, to be flown by Paul Middleton to Durban - a 2 hour flight - for a visit to the hospital in activities supported by the Baby Bear Project.

The 5 fliers, were Ruth Crook, Wendy Heath, Laura Jovicich, Pauline Smith, and myself.  We felt very privileged to experience first hand some of Mercy Air's work, and also be able to visit the ' Baby Bear Hospital'.  Thank you to Andy Evans for doing all the arrangements to make the Baby Bear visit possible.

Our flight was excellent - thanks to Paul's flying expertise... (and some good weather)  The journey would have been pretty much impossible for us without the flight... 7 hours drive each way!

But thanks to the flight we were in Durban by 9.50am and were picked up by Menzi - one of the employees of the hospital.  We were glad to have his help... it took us 40 minutes to drive across Durban, to Mariannhill. the district nearest to St Mary's Hospital.  As we weaved through the streets it was clear that many of the people who live near the hospital are very poor and face many challenges every day.

We were met at the hospital by Helen, a hospital employee who helps with marketing who told us about the hospital's foundation, and it's current work.  We were amazed to find that the hospital, which has 200 beds, serves an area where 750,000 people live.  With all this information still fresh in our minds we were taken to 'Jabulani', a Self Help Centre set up by Sister Marco.  Jabulani means "be joyful"  and this seemed quite a tall order when we saw the crowd of people at the secure gates waiting for food parcels. The security measures were obviously needed, but it seemed a stark place in which look for joy.


Sister Marco with some of her team (plus visitors) at Jabulani
But when we met the people involved we soon realised, that the name was spot on!

We were shown round the different parts of the project by Gloria, an enthusiastic member of the team- and were amazed at the scope and variety of the different aspects of 'Jabulani'.    Sewing, beading, card making, carpentry, weaving, a community garden,  a creche and a feeding programme.- All of which were started from small beginnings by a German Nun, called Sister Marco.  When we met Sister Marco, we found her to be busy, engaging and clearly a woman of vision and courage.

Mathembi & Abigail busy making bags to sell

It was fantastic to see so many people whose lives were being improved by their involvement with the project.  It's a self help project, so it encourages the local people to develop the skills they have and learn new ones in order to be able to support themselves - all in a loving, caring Christian community.

It was a real encouragement for Ruth to recognise some of the material which the Baby Bear Project had sent to the hospital, being carried to the work areas ready for use by the sewing team.

Makhamahle & baby Petronella,
after receiving a Baby Bear Pack from Ruth crook

It was great meet Sister Marco but we were encouraged on, as time was short and we were still to visit the maternity section of the hospital.
500 babies are born in the hospital in a typical month and as many of the mothers are from very poor backgrounds so the packages sent by the Baby Bear Project  are really appreciated.  We were soon to have the privilege of seeing how the new mums responded.

It felt quite an intrusion going around the wards to see women who were either just about to give birth, or had just had their babies... but all of them were really grateful and surprised to receive the packs and those who opened them were delighted with the contents- a smile broke across all their faces when they unfolded the blanket to reveal clothes for their new baby.

Our time was almost gone and we soon had to leave... back across Durban, to the airport  and then in the plane with Paul back to Mercy Air base... this time with Laura as co-pilot! Which she really enjoyed.

There is much more to tell, and many more photos to show... but for now...I will sign off  and commend to you all the work done by all of our three partner charities which we have experienced during out time here.  We will soon be home and can tell the stories of those we have met in person.

God Bless

Richard







Sunday, 12 August 2012

Church in Delani Bushbuck Ridge

Hello from Brian We woke today to a strong wind and the local town of Hazeyview was certainly living up to its name. A group of 6 of us; Richard, Rose, Wendy, Leah, Maddy and me left at 8am for the journey to Delani to join Petrus at his Church. We collected Audrey on the way and arrived to a wonderful welcome by Petrus, his wife Julia and the Church community. The Church may be simple in construction, but the quality of the worship that we enjoyed was equal to any service I have had the pleasure of attending. As well as us visitors, there were visitors from local Churches that Petrus had invited and people coming along to worship for the first time. The service was lead by Julia and we enjoyed several songs before prayers and some of the congregation gave their testimony's which Petrus translated. Petrus continued to translate some of the service, but even listening to the worship in the Tsonga language, I could not help but be struck by the sincerity and depth of faith in the worship. It was an honour to be there to join in their worship and we were there with Hands at Work to continue to support Petrus as he cares for the orphaned and vulnerable children in his village. Audrey spoke about the need for the local community to be a part of taking God's love out to his children in need and this was repeated by Richard as he was invited to speak. Richard used the English game of "follow my leader" to illustrate the need for us to follow Christ's example. Follwing the service Julia very kindly invited us to their house where she had generously prepared a lovely chicken and rice meal for us. I know that I am not alone in being overwhelmed by the generousity of everyone we met and we will continue to pray for them as they pray for us. After a very adventurous trip to drop Audrey off, we returned to Hands for some rest and our evening meal. God bless.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Friday 10th August 2012 - Share and Delani Villages- Bush Buck Ridge

Hi from Ruth Wendy Cheryl and Pauline


Abi's nail bar!

Cheryl & Wendy join a bead party

Today was a very special one – it was our last full day working in the communities with Hands At Work. We spent the morning at Share with the Care Workers, on their own this time. It was planned as a pampering session and we had a variety of activities organised, beading, nail painting, hand massage, clay modelling and bracelet braiding. The day started as usual with singing, only this time using English choruses. Some of the team were involved with the washing of the feet of the Care Workers, which evoked spontaneous singing, a very moving experience for all. Wendy will elaborate on this part of the day later in this blog entry below.


It was lovely to get the opportunity to spend time with the women as themselves rather than as Care Workers. It was great to see them relaxed and having a break from their usual responsibilities. They really seemed to relish the chance to spend time on themselves. The beading was especially popular as they enjoyed the making and the wearing of necklaces and bracelets.

The end of the morning was difficult as we had to say our last goodbyes, emotional for all, lots of hugs and tears, but only after a hymn in typical energetic African style. Wendy and Rose were in the middle stomping with the best!!


We spent the afternoon at Delani where we ate together the lunch we had prepared earlier, children, Care Workers and our team. This is a smaller centre than Share with only 4 care workers at present, Petrus, Grace, Trifena and Eunice. We played games with the children with skipping ropes, balls and with the fabric parachute. We then assembled little aeroplanes together and had fun flying them. The children were a delight and it was another lovely visit.


A long drive back to the Hands Hub at White River which now felt like coming home!

Love to all at home x
Hi from Wendy

Following on from the blog entry above from the four of us who share a room, Pauline, Ruth and Cheryl I wanted to tell you a little bit more about yesterday (Friday) at Share.

Richard led the worship with songs that had actions: Praise ye the Lord: Jesus love is very Wonderful: Our God is a Great big God: Father we adore you: Liz led a song (We love you Jesus, deep down in our hearts) and then we sang Amazing Grace just one verse. We had a bible reading which was taken from Phillipians 2: 5 – 11, this was read in English and then into Shangani, the language of the Care Workers. Richard explained how Jesus was divine and yet human, how he was so humble and yet God - and how during the last supper Jesus washed the disciples feet as a way of honouring them and equipping them for their work. But Peter said he couldn’t let Jesus wash his feet - he wanted to wash Jesus’ feet. Jesus’ response was in love when he said “unless I wash you, you have no part in me.

We, the group from England, wanted to honour the work that these Care Workers do for their Communities and the children, because they give so much of their love, their time and their energy. Washing their feet was a way that we could show our love for them and that we honour them and all that they do. What we didn’t know was how they would respond to this offering.

Promotion, one of the Care Workers, who was sat next to me said “I really want this”. There were smiles all round, much to our surprise, as they waited expectantly for us to get ourselves ready.

There were three teams of three. One to wash, one to dry and cream and one to pray. In my group was Brian, Leah and me. Leah and myself took turns to wash and dry and Brian prayed.

The time of foot washing began quietly but gently singing began to move around the place, filling every fibre of your being. The essence of God was in this place. The words I heard were “thankyou Jesus, thankyou Jesus” echoing all around..

Those of our team who were making sandwiches in the background, said that the singing was very beautiful and very moving.

For me, it was a humbling and emotional experience, one I will never forget. In a way it was in the foot washing that we were honouring them, but by the Care Workers allowing us to do this for them, they honoured us.
We then moved into the bead making, drinks and biscuits and finally finished with an act of worship in true African style, singing and moving around.

Saying goodbye was very difficult, especially to two people who became very important for me, that was Promotion and Onny.

Love and prayers to you all at home.
God bless





Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Wednesday 8 August 2012 – Share, Bush Buck Ridge


Richard Westwood writes…

Today was our second day with the volunteer care workers in the community of Share in Bush Buck Ridge. We arrived at the care point (a large tree which provides shade) at about 9am. Most of the our Link 4 Life team met up with the care workers for vigorous songs and prayers in a nearby church, whilst a couple of others used our mini bus to allow some of the care workers to transport a sick lady (We will call her Beatrice (who has TB and is HIV + ) to the local clinic. Beatrice was very frail and struggled to slowly make it from her house to the mini bus, parked a the entrance to her homestead. The clinic gave her a month’s supply of Anti Retro Viral (ARV) medicines and her trusted friend, a care worker called Constance was with her throughout. Taking ARVs is not easy; they have to be taken very regularly, with food, and the tablets are big… all of which makes sticking to the medicine regime very difficult. Audrey, the Hands @ Work area co-ordinator encouraged Beatrice, and her volunteer care workers – reassuring them that even though Beatrice felt so weak, that she had seen other people in a worse condition recover and progress well. This is hopeful for Beatrice’s daughter, 10 year old Andile – but it still leaves Andile vulnerable as her Mother isn’t able to care for her as well as she would like – and understandably this leaves Andile anxious about the future as well.



Sadly there are many more children in Andile’s situation in Share – and many in a worse state. This makes the role of the 20 volunteer care workers even more important, not only to feed the children (a hot meal every day after school at about 2pm) – but also to visit them in their home to make sure that they are safe from harm and well, and that they are able to attend school. Hands @Work in Africa call these The 3 Essential Services (food security, health and home security, and education). The care workers all live in the local community and so know which children and families are most in need or most vulnerable. Hands @ Work provide, support encouragement and guidance to the care teams, as well as trying to find churches and communities outside South Africa who may be able to support their work.



By about 11.30am all our UK team had split into 3s& 4s to go on home based care visits – usually visiting the adult with whom each vulnerable child lives to make sure that the children are being cared for and to see if the guardian needs any more definite support or help.



We returned to the care point at about 1pm, and by then water had been fetched and set to boil in some king sized cooking pots placed over an open fire. This was to make the “pap”- a kind of thick porridge made with Maize meal – along with sugar beans in sauce and cooked cabbage with carrots – all to be eaten with the fingers.



While the meal was being prepared all the Link 4 Life team played, and played some more, and then played a bit more – with all the children, a wide variety of games. The children are often short on a attention from adults in the their home setting so this was one job that we could try to do well – give the children our full attention.




I was particularly moved by Thabu- a young lad of about 10 years, but with limited growth –and he has a disability which means that it is hard for him to move his head, and his left arm. He does not walk well, but when I gave him a hat to catch the ball in he seemed to really enjoy this game- beaming a smile with every success.

Thabu, Believe and Tholiwe

You could not help but be filled with compassion for Thabu… here amongst some very needy and vulnerable children, was one who was even more vulnerable and needy that all the others. How hard his life must be: Thanks to God for the care workers and for Hands @ Work- who work amongst the poorest of the poor in each community.

There is so much more to say about Thabu and the other children and care workers- but that is enough for now.
Hopefully, we can explain the vital role they play in some more detail at another time.



Tomorrow is Women’s Day in South Africa and it is a Bank Holiday. So, as there is no care programme, we are taking the chance to visit the Blyde River Canyon and other tourist view points which are nearby. Hope to be able to show some photos of the day to you at a later stage. God Bless



Richard


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tuesday 7th August 2012 – Home Based Care & Feeding Programme in Share village

Sam Bowers writes...
Pauline, Cheryl, Wendy, Abi and Ruth help to give out
the food to some of the 70 children- which has been cooked
for them by the care workers
Today we went to a place called Share. When we got to Share we were welcomed by the care-workers who seemed very pleased to see us. We went into the church and the care-workers sang songs while we clapped along. After that we played some funny games which was a great laugh for us all. We then got into groups with a care-worker. I was with Abi, Wendy and Cheryl and our care-worker was called Anna. First we went to a house to visit a guy called Lucky. Unfortunately Lucky never showed up which was unlucky, however his sister was there for us to meet. Anna showed us the back of Luckys house and we saw how the back room had fallen down and there was a huge hole in the wall of the front room. In fact the whole house didn’t look safe at all.


Rose helps with making 'pap' (maize meal porridge)
at the feeding point for 70 children in Share
After sitting in the glorious hot sunshine for a while we decided Lucky wasn’t going to show so we moved on to the next house, which was quite a walk. When we got there we met some teenagers and their younger brothers and sister. We chatted for a while then took some photos. We then made our way back to the meeting point where we a big group of us including Abi, Wendy and Alan played piggy in the middle. Then it was dinner time. While people ate there food I was sitting on a chair while two of the young children, a boy and a girl who must have been aged around 2 or 3, maybe 4, sat on my lap while pulling my beard and ear ring and taking my watch off which amused Brian, Alan and the girls. After dinner we got back into our groups and headed back to the house. I carried the boy all the way back and Cheryl carried the girl. The boy smiled and giggled and made noises all the way back which amused both himself and me. It was just lovely. We arrived back at the house and had another quick chat before saying our goodbyes. We then headed back to the mini bus. We waited for everyone to arrive back on the buses then left. All in all it was a lovely day and I’m looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.



Monday, 6 August 2012

Monday 6 August 2012 – Village of Clare A in Bushbuck Ridge



Laura Jovacich writes...
What we’re doing here in South Africa and the extent of it finally really hit me today -or more so what the people here are doing and the extent of that. We had the programme that Hands @ Work run within the different communities properly explained to us today and it really hit home what a difference they were making – like how they start relationships through home visits and make sure the children that need it are then matched with service centres ensured the three essential services (health/security, education and food.) We then went on to visit a service centre at Clare’ A’ and I really just fell for the place. Even though the language barrier was much stronger than at Senzo’ Kuhle and the children were not as initially as energetic, as soon as we found a ball to play catch with or initiated a game of tig, the children and care workers alike came out of their shells and the joy on their faces meant more than any conversation could. Today has truly been a wonderful day and hopefully a sign of what is to come for the rest of our stay.



I miss you all back home,

Hope everything’s ok,

Laura xxx



Making Friends

Today begun with a hands@work prayer meeting and it made me realise the importance of teamwork within such a large organisation, particularly when dealing with wounded children and families, and to have a team to discuss and share feelings helped me to comprehend what I’m doing here in South Africa. And support the amazing care workers and the important duty they do. Later in the day we moved on to ‘Clare A’ where we met a diverse range of children and care workers, initially the language barrier was difficult, but these insecurities were soon demolished with the help of a simple game with a plastic ball. Soon we were learning names and bonding together, this is when I suddenly realised the importance of a name. A little girl aged 11 previously mentioned her name was ‘Fortunate’ eventually I gained the confidence to sit by her and in the dust I simply wrote ‘Fortunate’ a huge smile grew across her face and from that moment on we were inseparable. And so the relationship grew simply on knowing her name. And so I learnt communication isn’t purely based verbally.

Thinking of everyone at home.

I love you.

Maddy x
Hello, Leah again,

Well kind of woke up this morning being a bit dim but at around 8ish Me, Maddy, Joe, Richard, Rose, Liz, James and Wendy went to the big Hands @ Work prayer meeting which I found really helpful and encouraging.



Then we travelled to Hazyview to pick up a lady called Sis Audrey – Audrey is a lady that works incredibly close with the communities Hands @ Work associate with. Once we picked Audrey up we then drove about an hour to the Service Centre in Bush Brook Ridge, Audrey then introduced us to her team at the care centre one was a 19 year old lad called Ralph and one was a lady called Yolande. Audrey then explained what communities are getting the three basic essentials; these are - food, education and basic health care, this was very interesting as it described what communities were being most effected by their unfortunate situation. We stayed at the service centre for about an hour and then drove to Witz (this is where we are all staying until Friday)so we very quickly dumped our stuff off and drove to Clare A. This was a community I have never visited before, so I was really excited. Once we arrived in the local church, we all scrambled out of the car and we introduced ourselves to the care workers then I walked over to a large group of children and introduced myself, every time I shook their hands they all ran off laughing and chuckling it was so adorable!! I then spoke to a young group of girls called Forgive, Nauay, Occasion and a few more they were all around the same age of about 13/14, we then played a game of catch but like a more intense version with defending it was really fun and I think the children enjoyed it(-: After a very intense game of sort of catch, the food was ready (today Rose, Sam, and Pauline were making the cheese sandwiches, while the rest of us played with the children) I gave out the oranges, while Rose gave out the sandwiches, I was shocked to see some of the older children bowing when we were handing them the food, they must have been so grateful. After when the children were eating I took out my camera and the atmosphere changed incredibly, they were all fascinated and a little boy started dancing, and the children were posing. It was good to see that they had smiles on their faces. What surprised me today was a young girl about 3 or 4 had a very small cut on her leg, and she wiped away the blood with an orange peel, and their was no emotion on her face to show anyone that it hurt, I then got her a tissue and the blood cleared up. I also met a little girl today who was 4 called nyboodley (not sure on the spelling) we skipped around the front of the church until it was time for us both to leave.



Had such an amazing day today, really stands out that the children don’t have much but when they do get something to play with they will really make the most of it!



CCCCCallam cant believe you’ve finished Chamber Of Secrets, why you gone completely Lady Gaga? And Danidooo best be giving buttons a big hug at night time!

Love you and miss you all!



Night Night!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sunday 5 August - A rest day

Hi everyone, Brian, Alan & Wendy here.




Got up to another incredible morning here in white River. We broke into two groups today, one went shopping while the rest of us went to the Church in Touzhill.

It was an amazing lively service, nothing like we are used to but very good, with a very thought provoking 40minute sermon, watch out St Michael’s. We were made to feel very welcome by many and had a good talk with Latisha, a nurse and Lesley, a primary school teacher and Katrina a local Doctor and Mike and Jean local farmers. He used to be book-keeper for Hands at Work.



After a meal of burger and chips we went onto the Botanical Gardens at Nelspruit which was very relaxing and those of us with cameras spent a long time walking around trying to photograph illusive birds and lizards.

After returning back to Hands, a group of us made a Sunday roast dinner which was extremely nice despite taking a very long time to cook. It left a lot of washing up, which some of us had to share.



It has been a lovely day to relax and reflect on the wonders of God’s creation in the midst of the situation we are here to observe, and help, in any way that we can.



We have just finished packing all the T Shirts, Track suits which we brought from our Brownies. They will be distributed to the Communities by the Care Workers.



Time to go to bed, we are very tired. Up in the morning at 6.30a.m. and off to Buskbuckridge Service Centre by 9.15a.m. 2 ½ hours away. We will be going to Witts to unpack by 2p.m.and we are staying there until Friday, then back here.



Enough for now.



God bless

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Day 1- Senzokuhle Community

Hey Leah here (-:

Had a long two days travelling to Hands @ Work, but today reminded me of why we travelled here. Today we visited a place called Senzokhule ( a place I visited last year)sadly I didn’t see anyone I recognise last year. When we arrived at the home base care centre about twenty minutes in and we were all attempting to sing along to the beautifully sung melodies in siswatti lead by a women named SisCindy who we collected on the way along with three other children. After the singing the children started showing of their talent some did this by acting out the issue of HIV/AIDS in their community this was taken incredibly lightly as during the performance some children laughed, when usually it’s a taboo subject then a group sang beautifully and then two young girls and a young boy divised poems to perform in front of us these were based upon the importance of education, one girl wrote what she would do if she was president, and spoke about the unfairness of the country and one did about the blackbird of Africa. After we all split into groups as there was many tasks that needed doing these were painting, gardening, and laying down tyres



I met some new children today and spent the majority of the day with a beautiful 12 year old girl called Lindokuhle, we dug up the garden and then she taught me a class hand singing game. Then Lindokuhle showed me how it was meant to be done (with another little girl) and well they were fantastically quick! We gave out food for the children: (and for us) a peanut butter and jam sandwich, and orange, a drink and some sweeties! This year we are eating alongside the children which I thought was so much better because there is away of equality about it. Today was very good a good way to start the two weeks.



Love to home and everyone! Missing you all incredibly, Danidoo even caught myself singing….Doctor nickibottey nickeybotte number 9.. and wallam still on page 50.. your so going to winnn!! Hope your okay Mum and Dad. I love youuuu



Good night love from South Africa.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Church & Community Team arrive safe and well... 3rd August

Hi Everyone,
A really quick note to say that the church and community team from Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay and Rugely have arrived safely at Hands at Work in White River.  Good flight, a bit of a mix up with car hire... and then a 6 hour journey (including breaks) with some wonderful views.  We had a warm welcome from Alicia Ralph, one of the folk who live here at the Hands at Work in Africa base  (called "The Hub") We were so glad to have a lovely evening meal whcih had been cooked for us.

Tomorrow we will be helping with some practical tasks at at community centre in Senzokhule which is about 40 minutes from here.  Painting, fencing (chicken proofing a community garden, and other bits and pieces as well as sharing out and eating sandwiches with some of the orphaned and vulnerable children who are cared for by the local community volunteers.  There may be over 100 children there tomorrow... so we made lots of peanut butter and jam sandwiches tonight... Yum !  or Yuk! depending on how you feel about peanut butter and jam...  I think we might get to like them.

Hope to keep you up to date with more info and news soon,

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

God Bless.... on behalf of all the team.

Richard Westwood

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Hey everyone. So here comes a rather overdue post from those left behind in Africa.
On Wednesday we went to visit a mobile clinic that travels and sets up in a banana plantation once a week. The workers there go to the clinic if they need to, and take their babies for their check-ups. Outside is the crèche for the young children of the workers. They get taken there early in the morning and are left all day, sometimes 30 children with only a couple of women looking after them, and they often fall asleep in the dirt or are left to cry.

All we were there to do was play with the kids, and it was so fun! They were too young to talk to us so all we could do was feed them yoghurt and play with them. I sat with a girl called Lebo who wouldn’t smile for half an hour. She would only smile when I tickled her but eventually I spun her round and she laughed, and I took her to play with a group of girls. She was suddenly a different child and I’ve never seen a kid laugh so much! She was climbing all over me and wouldn’t let me go. I stayed with her until we left. As we started to leave she must have seen people beginning to say goodbye because she wrapped her arms and legs around me and wouldn’t let go. I took her to another girl and put her down, and as I was saying goodbye and crying she was standing there beaming and waving. I cried as we pulled away in the van, but she had come to the gate to wave, still grinning.
Joe & James: We’ve had two days at Hands helping the maintenance team around the village. We’ve been doing things such as digging and repairing concrete foundations, making metal structures, helping Dave the mechanic and cutting building materials to size. We met a man called Bethuel who was a young orphan when Hands@Work first met him, now at 22 years old he works for Hands on the maintenance team and still provides for his two younger brothers. Another member of the team, John, is in his 70s (he doesn’t know his exact birth date) and still works 5 days a week 8 hours a day manual labour!
Hi from Lizz…

After a couple of days chilling at Mercy Air we’ve come back to Hands for the week.

I’ve been helping out with hospitality and office work, meeting loads of people who work here and getting far more of an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. I spent yesterday with three ladies who do hospitality up at the house which the school team stayed in, who clean and cook and prepare the rooms. They were great, funny women who live in Masoyi and I got to talk to them and learn a bit about them. Today I worked in the office printing and putting together books, and typing up a talk that George Snyman gave recently. His talk was on the Hands model, Nehemiah’s building of the wall. I got to see what the staff here do and understand more of the complicated work that has to be done to run a charity which spans southern Africa.

It’s great living at the Village and meeting everyone who lives here: the morning started which ladies’ prayer which was very special, and this evening there was a shared meal for the whole family.

We're praying for the community team as they travel out to meet us on Thursday. Hope the journey is quick and easy and you all get here safely. Lizz, Joe and James.