Sunday morning, we attended the morning service at St. James Church. In 1993, towards the end of Apartheid, this is the church where a massacre took place killing 11 people and injuring many others. The congregation was very welcoming and the pastor even gave us a shout out in his announcements! The family that we took their “assigned seats” was also very glad that we were there. They proceeded to tell us that the church has about 10,000 members, but that many do not attend regularly.
I thoroughly enjoyed the church service since it reminded me of my church at home in some ways. The worship team sang many songs that I was familiar with and it was cool to be reminded that my God is a universal God.
Later in the afternoon, we took on the challenge of hiking Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Everyone that we had previously spoken with had told us that it was an easy hike that would only take about an hour and a half to complete. Within a few minutes of hiking the mountain, I had already decided that it indeed would not be an easy hike, and I also redefined it to more of rock climbing that we were doing. Having to make many stops along the way to breathe, drink water, and take pictures we had finally made it! Getting to the top of the mountain was the happiest I had ever been and such an accomplishment.