Bulembu, Swaziland-Africa Mission Trips

On the border that separates South Africa from Swaziland is the community of Bulembu. Once a thriving mining town, Bulembu was abandoned in 2001 along with its hospital and 1,200 homes. A group of individuals purchased the town with a grand vision; the advancement of God’s kingdom in Swaziland. This is being achieved by renovating as many homes as necessary to house 2,000 children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic of Swaziland, teach AIDS awareness, and have self-sustaining community through the start-up of various cottage industry initiatives. With the highest percentage of AIDS of any country in the world, Swaziland needs your help! Mission Discovery short term mission teams are needed to come alongside Bulembu Ministries to renovate homes and schools. The homes will house 8 orphans each, along with a foster dad, mom, and grandmother. Every afternoon you'll connect with a house of children. You'll help with homework, help do chores, play games and engage with the children's care-givers. On our last day in Bulembu we will depart for an unforgettable tour that includes Sudwala Caves. Enjoy an hour tour through these impressive caves. You'll visit the Lonecreek waterfall and the Bridal Veil Waterfall. You'll have lunch at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes, visit God’s Window and Wonderview before heading to your lodging destination, Hippo Hollow Country Estate. The next day you'll depart on an unforgettable full day safari in the world famous Kruger Park in an open safari vehicle. Your guide will take you on a hunt for the big 5! You'll arrive back at Hippo Hollow Country Estates late afternoon and enjoy this stunning venue, where Hippo's sometimes come onto the lawn in the evening. That night before dinner you'll enjoy a cultural dancing performance at the adjacent Shangaan River Club. Your last day enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Hippo Hollow, prior to departure to Johannesburg for your flight home. *Trip cost is price plus registration fee.

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  • Bulembu, Swaziland

    Dates 3/6/15 to 3/16/15
    Cost $1,699
    Director: Maury Buchanan
    Reg Fee: $100
    Ages: Adult, College Age, Senior High
    Availability: Spots Available
  • Bulembu, Swaziland

    Dates 7/10/15 to 7/20/15
    Cost $1,699
    Director: Maury Buchanan
    Reg Fee: $100
    Ages: Adult, College Age, Family, Senior High
    Availability: Spots Available
  • Bulembu, Swaziland

    Dates 7/22/15 to 8/1/15
    Cost $1,699
    Director: Maury Buchanan
    Reg Fee: $100
    Ages: Adult, College Age, Family, Senior High
    Availability: Spots Available

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Trip News

December 12, 2014 by Michael Kneff
Many of the children in Bulembu are generally afraid of dogs. Dogs aren’t always considered a loveable family friend in Swaziland. They are protectors of property or they are wild strays, which leads many Swazi’s to keep their distance from “man’s best friend.” Michelle Lopshire, the principle of Bulembu Christian School, loves dogs. She has four at her house. She is sensitive to the fear many of her students have for her beloved pets.
May 7, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Meet Tara Houston. She facilitates the sign-up process for hundreds of individuals and teams going on Mission Discovery mission trips around the world. From her experience she offers these tips for planning your next mission trip.
December 19, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
When Jessie Dunn was asked to spend 10 days in Swaziland she just wanted more details about the trip. Who knew that one table over at her McDonald's meeting with trip organizers was a stranger listening in who would confirm that this would be a good investment of her time.
December 11, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
By Maury Buchanan: Last week in my men's group a conversation was started about finishing life well. One of the men in our group had a breakthrough earlier in the week. After some time of unemployment, lots of interviews, and following dead ends in his searches for a job, he came to a conclusion. "I've determined that finishing a life that receives Jesus' 'well done my good and faithful servant,' is a daily walk of thankfulness." His face actually looked different than it did weeks before. I could tell he had a real encounter with God.
December 7, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
News from Bulembu, Swaziland: Harry and Bobby Bisher continue to serve the Lord in Bulembu, Swaziland.  January 1, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of their work there.  Here is their latest update!  
August 3, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
With mission trips in 9 nations including 5 states in the U.S. it's not hard to find great stories of changed lives. Pictured here is Ann Buchanan, wife of Mission Discovery founder Maury Buchanan in Bulembu, Swaziland. Ann spent a week in the tiny African nation as a part of Mission Discovery's partnership with Bulembu Ministries Swaziland. Along with 38 other youth and adults, Ann worked on physical projects in the morning and spent her afternoons in the home of 6 orphans and their "Auntie".
April 18, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
I was recently reading the promotional materials for a start up church planting mission. The material said that nationals could be mobilized to do the work of the mission at just 2% of the cost of mobilizing a U.S. missionary to the same area. What that means is that for your dollar 50 people will be missionaries, not just one. I like the part of the strategy that says we want to influence many for the sake of the Gospel. The part hidden from percentage is the cost of training, managing and mobilizing more by that staff here in the U.S.
January 1, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
UPDATE BULEMBU, SWAZILAND-Mission trips impact: Bobbie Bisher's parents were missionaries in India, she was just a little girl, but the good memories of God's work lingered and she never lost her childhood passion to serve God in a foreign land. Her husband Harry, a carpenter/contractor by trade was waiting for God's call, so when he heard Maury Buchanan from Mission Discovery tell about the African town of Bulembu, Swaziland his heart leaped. Could God be calling him too?
September 10, 2010 by Stan Horrell
Travel with me to Africa and you’ll leave saying; “DREAMS DO COME TRUE!” A few years ago on my first visit Africa, I stumbled on the mountain village of Bulembu Swaziland. At the time, I marveled at the vision of men and woman who could dream a virtual ghost town into a thriving haven for children left in the wake of the AIDS epidemic prevalent throughout Swaziland.
September 3, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Nati stood on a hill in the African village of Melanda, Swaziland addressing a Mission Discovery team after they completed a playground for the children of the community. Surrounding us were the simple mud-huts typical of this region of Africa. “This is Mission Discovery’s second year to come back to my village,” Nati said. Nati leads tours of his home village and the nearby town of Bulembu.