J-Bay Is Near.

by Chris Kamalski

I’m jetting down to Jeffrey’s Bay (J-Bay for all you surf hounds) from Thursday-Sunday this week for some much needed down time, rest, bodyboarding (conveniently, the sandbars there are supposedly the best they’ve been in a decade, and a big swell hits tomorrow!), and just an overall timeout from the Apprenticeship here in Pretoria.

I’m realizing today that I fly home to San Francisco in exactly 4 months from today, which is CRAZY, and we just began the 4th of 6 of our Learning Postures, that of Contending (http://nieucommunities.org).  So much has happened these past 6 months as I have been here in South Africa, and particularly in the past 6 weeks as there have been staff changes (two of the oldest staff families are leaving this year–one now for sabbatical, another at the end of this year), dreaming about the future (the president of CRM and the director of NieuCommunities have come through), and much talk about what is happening next year.

Honestly, I’m worn out from all of this. We’ve hosted a ton of visitors lately, opened our hearts up deeply to God through revisiting some key concepts in The Sacred Romance, and are freezing in the coldest month of the South African winter (Pretoria is over 4,000ft in elevation!).

I would love prayer these next few days for:

a. Much needed rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation; b. That I would hear and meet God through nature, taking photos, and surf; c. That my batteries would be recharged; d. Safety and health;

and e. Mostly: That I would lay down anxiousness, an inability to sleep recently, and questions about my future simply to enjoy the present moment (and that I have 4 months at minimum left here!).

Grateful for you…Chris