Pulling into the neighbourhood was a familiar feeling. Slightly tatty wooden houses, with cars in a similar state of disrepair, a populace very visible on the streets. Much like the majority of communities we’ve visited, QC Family Tree is located on the edge of empire, an area that once comprised a stable, well-off neighbourhood, now far less economically and socially prosperous.
Koinonia Farm is a pretty unique place. Formed half a century ago by some white farmers, it was an oasis of progressive freedom in the otherwise staunchy conservative South. Workers taken on at a daily rate were paid the same, regardless of their skin colour. Suffice it to say, this was not a popular attitude to have during the federally imposed desegregation of schools; throughout the 60s, Koinonia had regular protests, and warning shooting from …
Previously, these doors were for male, female, and Negro.
Alterna is based in Lagrange, a town with one of the highest income disparities in the United States. In stark contrast to the rich suburbs filled with wealthy white families, there are high numbers of working poor, mostly African American, with a growing population of undocumented immigrants from Latin America.
In response to this, Alterna is a bilingual community, with core members making a commitment to become fluent in …
Its easy to forget how much of an icon he is whilst you sit with him, and laugh as he eats all the sweet potato, or tells you he doesn’t want any food, then steadily works his way through your fries. He has no airs and graces, no attitude of expecting you to honour his fame: he is humble, friendly and straight-forward.…
We are back in England. For those of you who read our prayer updates, thanks for the support, we had a fairly uneventful flight home, albeit with very little sleep – as expected with two children under the age of four!
We are now relaxing in my parents home, trying to enjoy the sacred art of rest, as we prepare for a month long road trip across America. Its amazing just how vibrant and green everything is here, and there’s no sand!
Lots of people talk about culture shock, and reverse culture shock. Thanks to some very supportive friends, …
We’ve now been here for 8 months. It has been the quickest 8 months of my life… but also the slowest. It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever really been forced to slow down.
When we first arrived, oh I got bored!
Bored – of looking after the kids, Bored – of there being nothing to do that wasn’t at least 20km away, Bored – of being hot, Bored – of myself who grew bigger and bigger as the quieter days continued.
We persevered and what has happened is a simpler more contented perspective.
At the moment there’s a lot of fear and hype surrounding Xenophobia in SA. There has been a new wave of attacks on foreigners, in several big cities. Many hundreds of Zimbabweans, Congolese, and Indians have been forced to leave the country, whilst businesses have been burnt down and looted.
So far, there’s been very little sign of it in rural areas, and media coverage of the city violence appears to have been blown out of proportion – but its still a slightly tense time to be a non local living in South Africa.
In March, we had the opportunity to visit Harrismith, the town we’ve stayed in during all our previous South Africa visits. You can see the Platberg behind us in the photo, the majestic mountain that hovers over the town.
It was a real blessing to see our lovely friends, and Freedom Church gave me the honour of preaching at their Sunday morning fellowship.
I enjoy music tremendously. I’m terrible at remembering band names, or song titles, but the one piece of dedication I excel at? Listening to albums on repeat. Again and again.
In June, I am going to see a band called The Movielife with some close old friends. As part of preparing for this, I’ve purchase their first two albums, which I didn’t already have, and am now spending all my exercising time listening to their entire catalogue, over and over.
Generally, there are aspects to a band’s lyrics I agree with… and disagree with. Often I’m not on board with …