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Fun Times

This is the time of year for review and starting anew.  In the third week of every September we have what is called “At Home Week”.  All of our staff make sure they are in town and we gather as a staff (120 strong!) to get input, pray about the year ahead and enjoy the great team that we have!  As part of that, there are always some fun events which get people out of their normal ministry roles and doing something fun (see pictures below).

Students have started to arrive for our new term.  We have about 60 new students arriving by this weekend from all over the globe for the School of Biblical Studies, Discipleship Training School and the Church Planting school.  

On the home front, we are doing well as a family. The boys recently decided to do a more “creative” hair cut.  Enjoy!

Musings of an International Phillies Fan

I’ve had an interesting experience these last few weeks following the Philadelphia Phillies journey to become World Champions of baseball. Being out of the country when the team I have grown up loving has a chance to change its mostly losing ways,  has been a very different experience than if I was in the US. First of all, watching the games was an adventure. I had to find satellite TV for one. Fortunately my neighbor was away an allowed me to watch on his TV. What a blessing! Secondly was the time change. The first pitch of each game was at 2:37am local time. For the first few games I tuned in between 4-430am, about the 4th or 5th inning. For the clinching games(s) it called for a 2:30am wakeup. There were many days of staggering through life to be a part of this history making run.

As I watched literally what has been a once in a lifetime event for a Philly fan unfold, it felt a bit anti-climatic. There was no one to share it with! Baseball fans in South Africa number in the single digits. In a land of rugby balls and cricket wickets no one cares about 120 years of largely futile history as a Phillie fan.  I found myself spending a great deal of time on Facebook to see what people were saying. I changed my “status message” all the time to communicate. I read virtually everything I could get on sites like, espn,com, and just to feel like I was a part of this championship run.

As it came down to the final outs of a victory, I celebrated alone at 4am. Yes, it was wonderful. I even can admit a tear or two in the eyes. Yet there were no high fives or cheers that could be shared. My team had won -that was fantastic. I have had “WE are the champions” running through my mind for days. I made sure someone got me the t-shirt. I encouraged people to go to the parade. I wanted them to celebrate where I could not.

In seeing this, I started realizing how true it is that we really are created for relationship. They often say that sport brings people together. How true! I imagine the water cooler talk in Philly  the last few days was not about the economy or the election, but the Phillies. Philly fans would not be Philly fans if we could not share our negativity about our sports teams. We love to talk about it. Now, we love to celebrate together.

It reminded me of the verse in Hebrew that adonishes believers to “not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, all the more as we see the Day approaching” God is on to something. As much as sports bring people together, how much more should God and the church. We were created to celebrate together as well as  to mourn together. We need the body of Christ in times of economic uncertainty. political unstability, as well as moments of  personal triumph and crisis. To the Phillie fans, lets take the common bonds we feel and extend it to the body of Christ.

Oh, and by the way – WE are WORLD Champions!! I will soon have a t-shirt to prove it!

Cooking South African Style

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One of the best things about traveling has to be trying new food.  When you actually live in another country you get to learn how to cook all these fabulous dishes.   The past two weeks we have done South African dinners for both of our home churches (New Covenant Fellowship and The Worship Center) and it was so fun!  
We cooked up a few of South Africa’s famous dishes for about 100 of our friends and supporters.  Thank you to everyone that came and ate!  For those of you that missed these times, here is a sampling of what we had.  A lot of what we cooked was with ingredients brought over from South Africa.












First was Rice, hopefully you’ve seen this exotic food before!














Then we had Pap (Ugali for those of you in East Africa).  Pap is a staple food all over Eastern and Southern Africa.  It is made with dried white corn flour which is cooked with water until it forms a stiff pile of goodness. It takes some muscle to constantly stir this with a wooden spoon!















On top of these two starches was Babootie.  Babootie is a Cape Town curry dish made with ground beef and baked with egg on top.  It is our son, Garett’s, absolute favorite meal.  












With that is a common African salad made with tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers.  A little vinegar and salt is added to it and that is it.  There is no Hidden Valley Ranch in Africa and with food like this, we don’t miss it (although my husband might disagree:).












For dessert we had Malva pudding, a simple white cake soaked in a sweet syrupy sauce.  Delicious!










To drink with that is Rooibos tea.  Rooibos means “Red Bush” and is an indeginous tea to South Africa.  We brought it from South Africa because the American version is just not the same.  Normally people drink it with a little bit of milk and maybe some sugar.  













So there you go!  We cooked, we ate and we were full.  Hopefully if you joined us, you enjoyed trying something new!

A number of people have asked me for some recipes so I am going to put them here.  I have put the Babootie and the Malva Pudding recipe up.

For the Babootie, I had to write down a recipe out of something I just cook intuitively.  That basically means that I took my best guess as to what amounts of stuff I put in.  I’m sure yours will turn out fine.   If you do make these please e-mail us and let us know how it goes.  If you have questions also e-mail us and just ask.
I hope you enjoyed the virtual culinary traveling!

Malva Pudding
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Alternately, you can cut and paste the recipes from this page.

Babootie and Malva Pudding

Here are the recipes for Babootie and Malva Pudding for you to cut and paste into your own document!  Enjoy!

Malva Pudding 

2 Cup Flour

2 Teaspoon baking soda dissolved in one Tablespoon vinegar
1 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoon Apricot Jam

2 Tablespoon Margarine
pinch of salt

2 Egg

1 Cup Milk

First, make the “cake”.  Cream butter and sugar. Beat the egg and add to butter mixture. Add flour alternately with the milk. Beat Well.
 Add jam and baking soda/vinegar mixture. Mix Well.

Bake in a 9X13 inch dish at 350 deg. For approximately 30-35 minutes.
Serves 12-15

Next, make the syrup for on top of the cake.
2 Cup cream / milk / half and half (choose one)

1 Cup butter
1.5 Cup Sugar
1 Cup boiling Water

2 teaspoon Vanilla essence.

Melt all the ingredients on stove top until everything is melted and sugar is dissolved. This doesn’t need to be cooked, just heated up to mix together.  Pour over the hot cake, one cup at at time until the sauce stops absorbing quickly into cake.
Turn off the oven and put back in the oven to absorb the syrup. 
Serve with cream or Ice cream if you would like.    

Thank you very much to Mrs. Bragg from Port Elizabeth, South Africa whom this recipe originated from.  She is a great cook and this is a great recipe!  I have adjusted it slightly to reflect American baking terms and tastes. 

-Lindsey Lautsbaugh, 2010


Heat oven to 350 and have a 9 x 13-inch square baking dish handy.

2-3 slices white bread
1-2 cup milk

2 to 2.5 pounds ground beef (approx)
1/2 to 1 onion (if it is an American size steroid onion then use 1/2:)

1/4 cup raisins
3-5 tbs. curry powder (put in 3 tbs and then taste and add more to your liking)
3 tbs shredded coconut (plus more for serving)
approx 3-5 tbs chutney (plus more for serving) (if you don’t have chutney, apricot jam mixed with a 1 tsp vinegar could be used)  I normally add more than this, depends on how much sweetness you want to taste.

2-3 eggs

1.  Dice up bread and soak in 1 cup milk with raisins, set aside.
2.  On the stove top, cook onions until clear, add meat and saute until just done
3.  Add remaining ingredients including the bread/milk mixture & cook for 5 more minutes
**If dry (no excess liquid)then add more milk to the pan so that the meat is a bit saucy, also taste and add more curry powder if needed.  Add more chutney if you like it a little sweeter.
4.  Put meat mixture into baking dish
5.  Beat together eggs for topping and pour over meat mixture in pan. Spread it around with a fork so it covers the top. It will look thin on top but will puff up when baked.
6.  Bake at 350 until egg topping is set and slightly browned

This dish cannot be messed up… make it to your liking, adjusting anything.  It will turn out great!

Serve with Rice and top with extra coconut and chutney!

Happy eating!

This, that, and the other…

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Seasons are changing, students are coming and going, buildings are being purchased, kids are growing… time marches on.  Lots of various events have been happening around us, here is a smattering of updates, enjoy!
For those that have been around our youngest son, Thabo, you may have realized he has a lazy eye (or “squint” as they call it here).  We have been consulting a specialist and found that he needed a surgery.  This was to correct his eyes which has also improved his vision and depth perception.  The surgery was done a few weeks ago and he did so well!  He looks great now and has improved vision!  Thanks to every one who prayed for him.

(Thabo & Chris at the hospital.)

Recently we posted about Youth With A Mission’s 50th Anniversary.  Our campus here in Muizenberg hosted the celebration for all of YWAM in South/Central Africa.  It was a big endeavor with over 500 people in attendance.  It went so well and Lindsey was especially proud of our School of Performing Arts students who did the opening ceremony with South African and African dances and performances. You can click here to read an article about the event.

Our School of Biblical Studies students are nearing graduation which is exciting for us all!  They are working hard to finish well.  We will post graduation pictures soon.
We were also able to purchase the building that we were needing money for.  We still need more money to pay of the private loans that people gave our ministry.  But, the building is legally ours which is a miracle.

Life carries on in other ways.  The normal routines of life we go through here in Africa as every one does around the world.  Lindsey is going on her third year of teaching Sunday School at our local church.  The thing she swore she would never do:)  Here is a picture of some of the kids… most weeks it is all boys as you can see. It can be wild but they are sweet kids (besides those two rascals in blue:)

The boys are doing well.  We recently had Garett’s parent-teacher conference.  The teacher reported that “I haven’t had to tell Garett to ‘sit still’ one time all year, he is so good”.  After we got over our shock, it was good to hear.  Thabo also is doing well.  He is interested in cars, dinosaurs and playing with his good friend and neighbor, Nasi (see below). Those two spell “trouble”!

Since we live in the Southern Hemisphere, we are in the winter season.  Most of you reading this are enjoying the beginnings of summer. Winter can be quite cold so that means lots of coffee, hot chocolate and reading books.  If you haven’t checked out our book list for 2010, then you can click here for Chris’s and here for Lindsey’s.  Here is Garett enjoying a good book and hot chocolate on a sunny Saturday morning date with Mom.

Check those lists through out the year as we keep them updated as we read.

The big news this winter is the coming of the World Cup.  For all of you Americans, this is the world soccer tournament. It is the most watched sporting event in the world (NOT the Olympics!).  Every four years it happens and this year it is happening in South Africa! This is a first for the whole continent of Africa, thus a very proud moment for all Africans. It starts in five days and we couldn’t be more excited.  It is like a madness has infected the whole country, flags are waving every where you look, people are smiling all over and there is just a general buzz of excitement.  As you can see, even the Grannies are getting into it.  Viva Football!!

Finally, we will end with something random.  We have lived here for a number of years so most of life seems “normal” to us.  That is, we are used to how things are done in South Africa and no longer notice the differences from our home culture.  But, every once in a while I  (Lindsey) see something and think, “If an American saw this, then they would find this very odd”.  I took a picture of one such thing last week.  I purchase eggs at the grocery store every week, don’t even think about it.  I randomly thought, this past week… “I think an American might find something odd about this picture.”  For all of you Americans, take a look and see what you notice is “out of place” from what you deem “normal”.