Who is that presumably handsome couple up there? That’s Pastor Grant and his cray-cray…errrr…kindly wife, Malaka!

Most everyone visiting this page already knows our story, but for anyone who has wandered and found themselves on our blog, this is our tale in brief.

In 2003, Marshall visited South Africa for a short term missions trip working with Goshen International. He fell in love with the country, as anyone who has spent in South Africa will tell you is fairly easy to do. After that encounter, he decided that he would one day relocate to SA. That family grew to included his wife (me) and our four kids. It’d been a long row to hoe, but as of June 1st, 2016, we’re here! God shifted some pieces and moved some things and now we’re ready to do some work for His kingdom and glory. Could we have done work for God’s kingdom and glory in Atlanta? Absolutely. But it’s much more fun when you’re living 34 degrees south.

That brings us to the name of this blog and all of our contact details. 34 Degrees (34DGZ) is the longitudinal location of Plettenberg Bay, SA, where we’ve relocated. Pretty cool, right? I KNOW! You can find us on twitter and/or Facebook at @34degz or https://www.facebook.com/34degrees/ if either of those is your thing.

So what is our mission while we’re here for the next few years? It’s very simple. Our aim is to:

  • Inspire Godliness
  • Inspire education
  • Inspire entrepreneurship

God has given our family tremendous gifts that we believe will have a positive and lasting impact on those we will eventually build relationships with. We’ll be telling you all about it here on the blog along the way!

A few folks have asked how they can support us financially. We are in a foreign country, far away from home, with no blood ties here. You think I won’t give you avenues to support us? I shall! What you need? A carrier pigeon? A raven? A dude in chaps on the Pony Express? (No, but for real: You can send your gifts of love via Paypal using payments@grantmx.com . We thank you in advance.) 🙂

Okay, now scram! Go check out the rest of our page…don’t forget to leave your comments! Comments are like being a pen pal, but requiring less effort.

With love,

Malaka Marshall and the Kids

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We have faces. Yayyyy…!