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 we even managed a week’s break in North Berwick.
Conveniently our children relocated back to Glasgow just before we returned so we could spend time with them
all without having to travel up and down the United Kingdom. However, on our last morning in Scotland we waved Mark and Mali off as they begin their 2-year work and travel adventure round Australia.
We recognise that many families live far from each other and we are certainly not alone in this but parting does not get any easier for us and it was even more difficult now we have Freya. However, we more than ever feel called to Cape Town and the work that God has for us here. Thank you, Lord, for Facetime and Skype. Nevertheless, it has been a challenge to refocus on the work we are doing here without our thoughts straying back to our family.
Despite all this, Don was straight back in to Sweet Home Farm immediately upon our return. It was a ‘relocations’ week where several (11 in this case) families must basically demolish their shack and, and with some assistance, move it to a temporary location and rebuild it all in one day, made harder due to dysfunctional communication between City, electrical contractors, and the provider of the necessary trucks. It was also very traumatic to see peoples’ possessions lying around the ground and to witness how little many people have and a difficult re-adjustment for Don in the space of 2 days from Glasgow to Sweet Home Farm.
The work of UBU is growing with potential projects in other townships and this has prompted the need, which we have been resisting up to now, to buy a second car. We have said before that public transport is just not practical as it does not go to the places we are visiting (or fully safe), and we simply can’t operate while sharing Jimmy (the bakkie). Second-hand cars are expensive here but we have bought a 10-year-old diesel Kia with some of our savings and this will improve our effectiveness and flexibility immensely.
Lorna is being well supported by her colleagues in NewDay United and is working towards developing health education material for health care workers and members of the community. This has been a direct result of visiting other health care clinics and recognising the basic level of education provided. She is also teaching an HIV module to the students in the computer learning class and organising a holiday club for 50 children at Khanyisa during the up-coming school holiday week. She was not expecting to be actively involved in training and teaching, however, this is an area of great need and is the direction God is currently leading her.
And then…stop press…the news that another grandchild is on the way. Our eldest son, Adam, and our daughter-in-law, Cindy, are due to have their first child in Spring next year. Better start planning the next trip…home!
‘My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.’
Colossians 2: 6-7