Unexpected Detour

Unexpected Detour

Many of you who have been following our blog will know that as of our last communication from Cape Town, ‘No Longer Slaves to Fear’, Lorna had been through surgery for breast cancer and we were awaiting the results of a genetic test. Unfortunately, the test eventually indicated that Lorna is ‘high risk’ for return of the cancer and this resulted in chemotherapy being recommended by the oncologists. We decided that return to Scotland to be with family for Lorna…

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No Longer Slaves to Fear

No Longer Slaves to Fear

Life has not been easy since we returned to Cape Town from Glasgow in early May! We had a fantastic 3 weeks in Glasgow spending time with our family and friends. We met Sam, our new grandson, who is an absolutely adorable and contented baby. We were able to look after Freya while Ruth and Justin were working so got to see her personality developing (she may look like Justin, but she is definitely her mother’s daughter with the gift…

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Live Generously

Live Generously

Please share this widely www.givey.com/communityhallsweethomefarm As you will know from by now, one of the specific areas where we have been invited to work is Sweet Home Farm, Phillipi, an informal settlement of 17,000 people living in shacks. Don is involved with an organisation seeking to improve housing provision, and Lorna, through NewDay United, in introducing community services such as health promotion, education, and supporting the development of social enterprise. Together with the leaders of the community a recent focus…

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Molweni Nonke

Molweni Nonke

Unbeknown to us, January starts very slowly here, partly due to the heat but also it being the main school summer holidays with many people travelling long distances to see friends and family. We did feel a bit sorry for ourselves at times, but we had a couple of highlights. Don had his first ever birthday in the sun, spending it on a nearby beach which has a penguin colony. We enjoyed a day of swimming in the South Atlantic…

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Looking Up, Looking Out

Looking Up, Looking Out

Here we are at the beginning of 2018 and we wish a Happy New year to all our followers and supporters. It must be our age, but the years do seem to be passing more quickly, and this last year has been no exception, spending virtually all of it in Cape Town pursuing a radically new calling on our lives. We have come to Cape Town in simple obedience and the result is that our hearts have been broken for…

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

  We would like to wish you all a joy filled Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018. Thank you for your continued love, support and encouragement  which has helped us to know that we are in the place God has called us to be. The photo is of some of the children who attend the after school homework group in Khanyisa. Don & Lorna

Ruth’s Perspective

Ruth’s Perspective

Many people are familiar with the concept of children moving out of familial homes and embarking on their journeys into the new wide world. There’s a bittersweet feeling as parents acknowledge that their little boy or girl has grown up and must forge their own path; must make their own decisions, separate from those their parents would choose to make for them; and create their own ideas of the world, not through the lens of their family, context or culture….

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Growing Pains!

Growing Pains!

We have been back in South Africa now for three weeks following our longer than expected trip back to Scotland. What a wonderful time we had in Glasgow, firstly being there for the birth of Freya our first grandchild, and catching up with family and friends. It was a busy time for us but we were so blessed by many peoples’ generosity including accommodation, use of a car, invites to lunch, dinner, parties (it would have been rude not to !!!)  and…

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No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

The brief six months we have spent in Cape Town so far have changed for ever what we think of as ‘home’. Being in South Africa we would be forgiven for thinking of home as the familiarity of: Scotland, nearness of family, friends, the security of our own house, safety…comfort. A place that somehow will always exist for us and can be returned to at any time. However, we see all around us in parts of Cape Town people in…

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Eyes On the Road

Eyes On the Road

Meet Jimmy. He is our 15-year-old bakkie which cost the price of a small new car at home. We may speak the same language and drive on the same side of the road but that is probably where the similarities end. New and used cars are very expensive here, traffic lights go from green to red then red to green with no amber warning, stopping at the red light can sometimes be optional, undertaking on the inside on all roads (even…

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