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)

14 thoughts on “Departures/Arrivals

  1. Glad to hear you have arrived safely. Will pray for accommodation and a good settling in period. Lots of love.

  2. God bless you Don and Lorna as you step out on this great adventure. May you know complete confirmation of all that you’re embarking upon and settle into the situations to which God has called you.
    God bless

  3. Don & Lorna,
    Many prayers answered with your safe arrival in Cape Town.
    We are newish to BBC and became members last year, so we did not know your full journey but have had the privilege of the latter part as you both taking a leap of Faith.
    Last Sunday was so special and the emotion and atmosphere within the Sanctuary was so special. I had felt not to bad until Ruth started the last song and watching what was happening at the front we had the tears running down our faces. (Almost as emotional as the Polish Baptism )
    We may not know you both to well as you start this fantastic journey but we look forward as part of BBC to following your adventure.
    What an awesome God we have, live the adventure you have been taken on.
    God bless
    Alex &Helen Macdonald

    1. So good to hear from you! Yes, it was a very emotional last Sunday and the last blessing being sung over us caught us by surprise just when we though we’d made it through the service, but it was a very special moment for the whole of BBC. I’m sorry that we haven’t made ourselves known to you but we look forward to putting that right the first time we are back!
      Your prayers will be much appreciated!

  4. Don and Lorna glad you have arrived safely and are getting a chance to settle down after the roller coaster of the last few days. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you continue in this adventure with God. We count it a privilege to have been involved in some small way in your journey. We look forward to hearing how the Lord is going to continue use you both and are really excited for you. We know that with Gods help you will do great thigs bringing light to the darkness and hope to the needy. Look forward to catching up in March when we are out in SA but in the meantime will keep in touch by blog.
    PS thanks for leaving the “hobbit ” house so clean!
    Love to you both Ray and Ruth xx

  5. Thanks Ray and Ruth, we can hardly say how much your support has been appreciated. Thank you for going along with us on this journey. Your prayers are so important to us! We will keep you in touch and if you download WhatsApp I’m sure we could chat at some point soon!
    Any baby news at all?

    1. No baby news yet. Its a bit miserable weather wise so junior has obviously decided to stay put. Will let you know when we have some news.Claire doing well and enjoying the rest while she gets the chance!!!

      R and R x

      1. How are you both getting on ? Have you managed to find accommodation yet ? Hope you are settling in and starting to get excited about what you are both going to be doing.
        Oh Grandchild number 8 arrived on the 23rd January Sebastian William Ray Crothers or Seb for short All well Thats one girl and seven boys !!!!
        Every Blessing

  6. Hi Don & Lorna
    Have been following your journey through Dorothy and David at Stonelaw Church.
    God bless you in your work
    My son is in Jo’burg
    We hope to spend around 3 wks in S.A. In November and visit our grand-daughter in Cape Town
    If at all possible we will go to Sweethome
    John & Moira Shaw

    1. John, great to hear from you, Dorothy had mentioned you were coming out! I look forward to hearing from you nearer the time to see if we can meet up!
      Don & Lorna

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