With a shaking voice, I pray before we leave our home in South Africa: “Dear Lord, please bless our new journey. Please show us the way You planned for us to stand strong in Your will and shine Your light on our new community.”
Today we stand proud and strong, looking back on the past 14 months. Wow, what a ride it has been so far! Botswana welcomed me and my wife with our three children in October 2021, with so many friendly, loving faces from the border right to our new home. Yes, not everything is picture perfect every day, but thinking back on your childhood — the scrapped knees and tears running down your cheeks from falling as well as happy blooming hearts when you achieved a milestone — made you the person you are today.
So has our journey so far. A lifelong saying goes with us: “It is okay to fall; it is okay to feel you could have done better; but the most important thing is to stand back up, face the world straight in the eye, and say, “God, give me strength; I’m ready to try again. We learned so much from the community and the people around us that we feel proud to finally say, “We found our home”.
Each day is a blessing from above to see how our lives grow with the citrus farm. Taking the leap in God’s name was the best decision for our family. We are grateful to be a part of Selebi Phikwe Citrus.
– Smit family