Hello from sunny Cape Town. We have arrived… at last. After all the time sharing, praying, packing, unpacking and talking incessantly about South Africa, we are finally here. A big thank you to all our family and friends for being so patient with us during the last 2 years of preparation.
We knew it was going to be hard leaving our loved ones but we were completely overwhelmed by the sense of loss and sadness. Tears, tears and more tears. Despite this we are still sure that we are following God’s specific call on our life.
We had a Cheery-Bye Ceilidh in the local town hall on the Saturday prior to our departure. and had invited all the people we know from family, friends, work, church, volunteering and neighbours. Over 200 people came to say good bye in a night filled with dancing and laughter. It was exactly what we had hoped for!
Sunday, however, was a very different story!!! We knew it would be emotional leaving our church family. We shared a little with the fellowship about our journey so far and our Core Group prayed over us. We were just about holding it together until the last song and the worship leader asked the whole church to sing a blessing over us. As we stood at the front of the church, surrounded by our children, the tears didn’t stop, not just for us but the entire fellowship. It was a very powerful moment of unity. It is not just us going to Cape Town… the whole of Bearsden Baptist Church is coming too.
We tried to lay low for a couple of days (with intermittent success) until our flights to try and spend time processing our own feelings and align ourselves with God’s purpose in all this. All of a sudden, we were on the plane and after what seemed like a longer-than-usual journey (Don doesn’t sleep on planes!), Barry & Kate Lewis were at Cape Town International Airport to meet us and it was great to have a ‘meeting’ rather than a ‘parting’ for a change. Big hugs and flowers played their part in producing a few more tears…of happiness this time. We had a fantastic time of catching up and eating the Tunnocks Tea-Cake Birthday cake (a bit squashed, try and imagine) we had brought to celebrate Barry’s 40th birthday.
Following this the first few days have been spent sleeping and food shopping. It is only now that we have stopped that we realise how emotionally and physically exhausted we are. Our plan is to have a few more days of rest and then start to look for accommodation. Lorna intends to meet up with the Operations Director of Newday United for an initial chat leading to, hopefully, a month of shadowing staff at the Jubilee Health Clinic. Don can’t wait to get back to Sweet Home Farm and meet up with Siya James (Community Leader) and the others there.
There is so much ahead of us of which we are yet so unsure, but although arriving feels like the completion of something profound for us, the real journey can now begin!
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.
Numbers 6: 24-26 (NIV)