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Angels in South Africa

Posted on Oct 7, 2018 by in Blog | 0 comments

Angels in South Africa

I have the privilege to share with you a series of angel photographs taken by a man named Excellent Mtshali in KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa who lives in a small town called Eshowe.

South Africa Angel Photo 1 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Angel Photo 1 by Excellent Mtshali

Eshowe is the oldest town of European settlement in Zululand.[citation needed] Eshowe’s name is said to be inspired by the sound of wind blowing through the more than 4 km² of the indigenous Dlinza Forest, the most important and striking feature of the town.

South Africa Angel Photo 3 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Angel Photo 3 by Excellent Mtshali

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Under the former system of apartheid, or racial separation, Natal province contained the nonindependent black state of KwaZulu, which served as the legal homeland of the country’s Zulus. Following the repeal of apartheid and the resorption of KwaZulu in 1994, Natal was renamed KwaZulu-Natal. For the history of the province, see Natal.

South Africa Angel Photo 4 by Excellent Mtshal

South Africa Angel Photo 4 by Excellent Mtshal

How I came to speak with Excellent Mtshali and share these photos with you is a story in itself.

South Africa Angel Photo 5 by Excellent Mtshali.jpg

South Africa Angel Photo 5 by Excellent Mtshali.jpg

Excellent had found my series of angel photos and article about them on www.catherinecarrigan.com. You can see my angel photos at this link.

South Africa Garden Grasshopper Photo by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Grasshopper Photo by Excellent Mtshali

The fact that I had taken a series of angel photos was basically an accident in and of itself. My very first photo of an angel occurred when I was obsessively and reverently photographing the orchids in my home studio.

 South Africa Angel Photo 8 by Excellent Mtshali.

South Africa Angel Photo 8 by Excellent Mtshali.

 

Over the years I have now begun to pay greater attention and have delighted when the angels show up in simple photographs I take with my iPhone.

South Africa Garden Butterfly Photo by Excellent Mtshali.

South Africa Garden Butterfly Photo by Excellent Mtshali.

One day recently I was preparing to teach my evening yoga class when I received a call from South Africa.

South Africa Garden Photo 10 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 10 by Excellent Mtshali

It was about 7:20 p.m. and my yoga class generally starts at 7:30.

South Africa Garden Photo 11 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 11 by Excellent Mtshali

I was loathe to answer the phone so close to the start of my class but I saw that whoever was calling was taking the trouble to ring me from South Africa so I figured I had better pick up.

South Africa Garden Photo 12 by Excellent Mtshali.

South Africa Garden Photo 12 by Excellent Mtshali.

“Hello,” Excellent said.

South Africa Garden Photo 14 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 14 by Excellent Mtshali

“I have photographs just like yours.”

South Africa Garden Photo 15 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 15 by Excellent Mtshali

Since he was calling from South Africa and I wanted to tend to my yoga students I figured it would be easier to email him, but his email was so long I made an error in typing it up and my initial message to him bounced right back.

South Africa Garden Photo 16 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 16 by Excellent Mtshali

After speaking briefly Excellent Mtshali asked me if I would ring him the next day.

South Africa Garden Photo 17 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 17 by Excellent Mtshali

We really had not enough time to discuss what he was talking about. I don’t usually return international phone calls but my guidance insisted that yes, this was important, and that I should call him back.

South Africa Garden Photo 18 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Garden Photo 18 by Excellent Mtshali

The next day I rang Excellent from my iPhone while I took my dog Dixie out for her 35 minute walk in our nearby Tanyard Creek Park.

It was a glorious fall day here in Atlanta, the sun shining as Dixie and I walked through the forest along the creek, and Excellent quizzed me about my spirituality and my faith.

Yes, I assured him, I pray all day long – so much and so often in fact I don’t even really think about it. You can read my blog about the Inner Habit of Prayer at this link.

Photo 19 by Excellent Mtshali in Skies Over South Africa

Photo 19 by Excellent Mtshali in Skies Over South Africa

Excellent Mtshali explained that like me he took his angel photos on his iPhone in the small garden of his home in Eshowe.

South Africa Angel Photo 20 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Angel Photo 20 by Excellent Mtshali

As a devout Christian he prays regularly and takes great solace in his work providing housing to underprivileged people in KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa. The area is so impoverished that not only do many families lack basic housing the area also lacks roads and electricity.

South Africa Angel Photo 22 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Angel Photo 22 by Excellent Mtshali

You can read about the challenges of this area at this link. 

South Africa Angel Photo 23 by Excellent Mtshali

South Africa Angel Photo 23 by Excellent Mtshali

“The primary housing backlog in uMlalazi municipality remains in the tribal/rural areas, where housing projects will have to be implemented. Based on the current housing demand for uMlalazi area, the demand is estimated to be 5 500 in the urban areas,whereas in the rural areas it is estimated to be an average demand of 8 198 households.”

In fact, the first time I tried to call Excellent back he had been unable to answer because he was on the phone talking to a woman overjoyed with the news that her family was about to receive their first home.

Excellent and I agreed that there are many ways to heal people.

Being able to provide basic housing for a family no doubt is God’s work and of tremendous benefit to overall wellbeing.

During our phone conversation I asked Excellent if he would email me his angel photographs but he asked if he could first message me through WhatsApp.

It was a week or two before we communicated again.

I sent him this photograph that I had just taken about 30 minutes before we messaged each other and asked him what he thought.

Spiritual State by Catherine Carrigan

Spiritual State by Catherine Carrigan

“Spiritual State,” Excellent responded.

“God through his son Jesus Christ our savior is an awesome loving God! This is touching.”

He sent me back a photo of a pink orb he just took that morning in South Africa.

Pink Orb photo by Excellent Mtshali in South Africa Oct. 6, 2018

Pink Orb photo by Excellent Mtshali in South Africa Oct. 6, 2018

Following our WhatsApp text conversation Excellent Mtshali sent over the angel photos he has taken over time in his garden in Eshowe.

Sky Over South Africa Angel Photo 24 by Excellent Mtshali

Sky Over South Africa Angel Photo 24 by Excellent Mtshali

Please join me in enjoying these beautiful, uplifting photos and know that where ever you are in the world you are loved by God, you are guided by angels and you are surrounded by heavenly hosts.

Even if you can’t see the angels you have around you, please allow Excellent and myself to show you the angels who are present every day all the time loving all of us.

The hand of Excellent Mtshali holding a small butterfly in South Africa.

The hand of Excellent Mtshali holding a small butterfly in South Africa.

What is healing? Healing happens when you embrace the unconditional love of the angels all around you.

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