Recently a friend’s son had to ask a missionary kid some questions. I thought they would be great to share the answer here:
Questions and Answers
- Travel much? Our family has gone one several family trips to various places. Most places in South Africa. We have been to Durban, Kruger National park, Pilanesberg Park, and Cape Town. In Oct of 2014, we travelled by car to Ndola, Zambia. It took three days to drive. We drove up through Botswana and across the Zambian border at Victoria Falls where Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana meet. This was an amazing trip to be able to see several countries all at once. Our family has also been to Swaziland twice. Swaziland is the country that borders South Africa and Mozambique. This March, my father needs to see some of our J-Life ministry guys up in Kenya and we are planning to go with. Dad and I will fly because it is too far by car.
- Help my parents? Do I help them with ministry? Not in a direct way. We are with them a lot when they are working, but as far as day to day things, we are at school. A lot of ministry things such as a feeding program that goes on every Wednesday when we are at school. Each holiday we are there to help. There are also several church plants that our ministry and our church here help with, so we help with that when we can.
- Have many friends? Yes. I go to a school that the high school is about 600 in number. My grade has about 120 kids in it. We are the only Americans in the school, but we don’t feel out of place. My sister and I have been at this school for 5 years. My best friends are Caleb and Jesse. We have the same common interest such as gaming, science, art and several sports.
The Kids’ Parents
- Where do your parents work mainly? My father works from his home office about 3 days a week and from our International Headquarters about 2 days a week which is on a farm about 25 minutes away from where we live in Heidelberg. There is a campsite at the headquarters that is used to help make money for the ministry as well as used as an outreach tool for Jesus. My dad, David, travels mainly in July, August, sept and October. J-Life is in over 20 African countries (there are 54 total). So, he travels to see the country leaders during that time. Usually only 3-4 countries each year. My mom, Liz, volunteers at our school, Waterstone College, and in trade we get full scholarships to the school. She works as the science lab assistant. Our school fees would be about $1200 a month otherwise and we could not afford to be at such an amazing school. We (my parents) raise all their own funds so her “working” at the school helps out a lot.
- Parents’ names? David and Liz Even
- My name is Matthew Even and I am in 11th grade. My sister is named Grace and she is in the 9th grade. We have an older brother, Andrew who works for Walmart and lives in the Bentonville area. His wife’s name is Elizabeth.
A website maybe to help you: http://test.jlife.org.za/ (still under construction)
School website: http://www.curro.co.za/schools/gauteng/waterstone-college.aspx