Palace Result

A dire second half display by Palace sums up the Eagles' form at present. 1-0 down at the break, Palace showed no urgency, no spark and no character in their attempts to get back in the game. It all came after a bright start, where Freedman and Morrison linked up well and created some good chances. But Plymouth's stranglehold on the game grew as the half went on and took a deserved lead five minutes before the break. But Palace's second half display was appalling and they rarely threatened. Plymouth just held firm at the back which was enough for them to clinch the points. Peter Taylor has a lot to answer for! (text nicked from Eagle Eye)

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Next fixture: Tue 31 Oct away to Sheffield Wed

Health & Study

The good news is that Dean doesn't have TB! Praise God!! The bad news is that he's going to have to see the Dr. and try to sort out his cough and wheeziness as it's been going on for quite a while now. Dean is really frustrated as he can't shake off the cough but really doesn't want to take any more antibiotics. Probably the biggest frustration is not being able to go cycling, he's missed two rides this week and one last week, so he's trying to sort out a ride for tomorrow.

Dean's bible study was great this morning, he had a 'full house' and Greg brought chocolate cake along as well as the usual pies, so things went very well! They were looking at Daniel this morning and will be for the next few weeks. This morning started with an introduction and overview of the book which included setting the historical and cultural context as well as putting the various stories of the book into their proper chronological order. Dean really enjoyed preparing the study and is looking forward to working through the whole book in the coming weeks. Michael had a class question: he wanted to know whether or not the opening of the seals in Revelation 6:1ff was the reopening of the book of Daniel which was sealed in Daniel 12:9. Quite frankly we have no idea! Any wisdom would be appreciated!
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Sunday Afternoon

The weekend was quite manic with a lot of runnig around, with not much family time to be had, so yesterday afternoon we had another picnic tea in the Nature Reserve. The boys love being there and it really is a lovely place. The only shame is that it still closes at 5.30. Thankfully in Nov' they extend it to 7.30 which will be much better. As we were leaving we were treated to a rare sighting of a Bontebok calf, we were all pleased with that! Normally the mothers keep them hidden for quite a while but this one was only a few days old and proudly parading around with the herd.

Joel with his 'mini Pringles'

Eli adoring his mummy!

This boy never stops grazing!

For the benefit of the camera Pt1

For the benefit of the camera Pt2

Yogurt? Yes please

A rare shot of Daddy in front of rather than behind the camera


Palace Result

Palace were away to Leicester and came away with 1 point. It was nervy game at the end for Palace as Leicester threw men forward to try and grab a home win, but the boys held on to walk away with a share of the points. We should have won it in the closing stages following the introduction of Dougie Freedman in place of the ineffective Shefki Kuqi but for great goalkeeping from Leicester. On balance, the draw was the fair result and the performance was much better than we saw on Tuesday at Selhurst.

Ahead of the our next game, Plymouth at Selhurst Park on Saturday, manager Peter Taylor has to make his mind up about who he plays upfront. Kuqi has surely played his way out of starting, and if Scowcroft makes it back to full fitness he will have it all to do to force his way in.

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Next fixture: Sat 28th Oct home to Portsmouth.

Sickness & Stuff

Please pray for Dean as he's struggling with his third bronchial infection in a short space of time. Dina and others in Chris Nissen have nagged him to have a TB test so he'll go and get that done on Monday. Dean's sure he hasn't got TB especially having read up on the symptoms. However, it is possible that he keeps getting ill from his incredibly regular contact with TB sufferers in CNP. After his last illness Dean had barely recovered when he took a few TB patients to the clinic in his car. Such close proximity when your immunity is low is not great! Please pray for a sustained period of good health for him.

This morning Dean struggled out of bed (what a martyr!) and went with Michael to Jubilee Community Church in Cape Town to hear Terry Virgo speak. As ever Terry was excellent and Dean felt very blessed to have been there. Michael had a good time too and was delighted to meet Terry at the end. Terry spoke about Newfrontiers, what it is and where it may or may not be going. This was a great time especially as the Newfrontiers churches in the Western Cape are struggling at the moment with Newfrontiers and their perception of what the movement has become. Terry spoke really clearly and hopefully those who are feeling hurt and bruised through the last few months will come to realise that they need to exercise grace, forgive and then move forwards as part of the family of Newfrontiers. Again, please pray for this, especially on Tuesday when there will be a meeting between our elders and Newfrontiers to try and resolve some of these issues. Pray that God's grace would abound!!

Joel's had a fun afternoon watching Ice Age 2 which was his choice from the video store. Dad tried to convince him to get the Incredibles (again) but Joel was adamant. Hmm, wonder where he gets that from????? Eli's now got 2 teeth and is looking very proud of himself but the dribbling continues unabated! When does it stop?

Paula will try and Blog some stuff about life and CNP shortly, so watch this space.....


late this week a 'black' southeaster was blowing which brought a bit of rain too, but the best bit was the rainbows we kept seeing. This one was just peeping over the Schapenberg hill and is seen from our bathroom window.

Bakkie In Action

In our recent post: 'Nothing Of Note' we mentioned the fact that we had changed Dean's car for a 'bakkie' (pickup in English) to assist us in our work in Chris Nissen. Here at last are some photos of the bakkie doing exactly what we wanted it for.

Each month we purchase a large amount of staple food stuffs (with the support of Hertford Baptist Church) which are then distributed amongst the most vulnerable families in the community. The bakkie was such a blessing in terms of being able to easily load and unload the food. We look forward to being able to bless the community in many other ways through the use of this vehicle.

A BIG Thankyou to those of you who helped us to buy the bakkie, we are very grateful to God for your love and generosity!

Paula & Dina chatting as the bakkie is being loaded

The food being unloaded in Chris Nissen (Aunty Poppy is on the right)
Kazakh bank misspells own name

Borat would be so proud!

Palace Result

Palace were soundly stuffed on Tuesday night playing at home to West Brom. We were rubbish and thoroughly deserved to get beaten! On performances like that there is no way we're going to win promotion back to the Premiership! So unless something miraculous happens we'll be stuck in this dreadful league for another season playing crappy teams like charlton pathetic when they're relegated. Oh dear!!!!

We're now 12 points behind Cardiff with a goal difference on them of 17! If PeterTaylor can guide the England under 21's to a 2-0 victory over Germany, why on earth can he not get the results with Palace???????

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Concepts Of Eternity

Not very sound theologically, but quite entertaining.

Lazy Weekend - Part 3

After the Nature Reserve we finished off our lazy weekend with some lounging around in the garden before sunset and bathtime.

Joel on his bike, he really enjoys charging up and down the dricve on this

Eli might be small, but he likes a bit of a scrap with Joel

Trying to look innocent

Joel knows how to lounge around!

Lazy Weekend - Part 2

After church on Sunday we had a really lazy afternoon in the Nature Reserve with Deb's & Rach' (both of whom Joel adores). We took a picnic tea and simply sat and chatted and played with the boys, brilliant!

Debs with Eli

Mummy & Eli

Eli pulling faces at Rach'

Joel away on his own planet

The 'grazing' machine!

Joel knocking back Mummy's drink

Lazy Weekend - Part 1

One of our best weekends in a while, we pretty much just lounged around from Saturday afternoon (after Dean had been to the party in CNP) through to Sunday evening and took some lovely photos of a chilled out family.

Eli using Mummy as a climbing frame

"Look, one hand"

Now he's showing off

Joel being a monkey (no change there)

A dizzy Joel after his dismount


Boys most definitely will be boys

Where's Eli?

There he is

Birthday Party

Mama Jane asked a while ago if Dean would take some photographs of the twins Birthday party on Saturday. Sisi & Booty were 5 and had a great afternoon. Their friends were particularly plaesed with the party packs that Mama Jane and Aletta had put together. Once again Mama Jane models something really positive in the community!

Sisi & Booty with thier birthday cakes

Blowing out the candles

All the friends (+ some others)

Mama Jane & Aletta making the party packs

Everybody waiting expectantly for their party pack

Janine will not be distracted from the party packs on the table!

Sisi with some chocolate cake on her arm

Palace Result

Palace were at home to Cardiff and lost 2-1 to the Bluebirds. Cardiff really are the surprise package of the season in the Championship but deservedly have a six point lead at the top of the table. A fair result would have been a draw today, but life's not fair and Cardiff nicked it late in the game. Sounds like a familiar story with Palace!

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Next fixture: Tue 17 Oct away to West Brom (they whipped Ipswich 5-1 today so it should be another tough match)

Ohh The Shame!!

A very dear friend emailed us recently and was commenting on a something we had said about Joel enjoying stickers and described how one of her sons is also into sticky things.

David (not real name) heavily into stickers at the moment! So much so that he found 6 pantyliners, stuck them on a bit of paper, drew on them, and then insisted on showing them to the Betterware lady when she came to collect her catalogue. Ohh the shame!!

That made us laugh, hope you enjoyed it too.

PS. Apologies to the original author of the above quote as it was used completely without permission!

Fun With My Boys

I looked after the boys this morning whilst Paula went to the rescue of a dear friend who had a serious dilemma. The friend needs to buy some new pyjamas for her forthcoming hospital admission, so Paula went along as fashion consultant - oh dear!

Meanwhile, back on the ranch... we were having lots of fun, playing silly games, watching Tom & Jerry and playing on the swings.

Eli just after having devoured a biscuit he nicked from Joel

Eli looking cute as ever!

Eli loves being in the swing and is only happy when being swung vigorously

We are having fun, honest!

Joel having been very naughty enjoys watching Eli 'unwind' in the swing. I put the camera down straight after this shot to ensure Eli didn't fall out of the swing


Julia visited this evening, she's currently in Cape Town on research business so we were able to catch up again after a year (they seem to go by so quickly!!). It was lovely to chat and catch up especially with someone who understands the missionary lifestyle and the trials that go with it.

Sadly we're all looking older but not too bad when all is said and done!

If you want to see how we've all changed take a look at last years post when we included a photo from a previous encounter in Zimbabwe click here.

Men's Bible Study

As ever, the highlight of my week is my Men's Bible Study. This morning (and next week) I got the men to share a favourite passage from scripture and explain why the passage speaks to them and why it's a favourite. Two of the men have spoken to me privately to say they can't do it but the rest are all having a go. This is great as after two years they really should be able to take some responsibility for the group and what we study. Hopefully we can build on this exercise and start to develop their Bible reading skills and encourage them to be more active in sharing their faith. Please pray for this!

Danny & Vicky listening as Cyril shares

Michael following the word as Cyril speaks

Basil, Peter & Trevor listening to Michael share

Michael sharing from Psalm 1:2-3

Mrs Robinson

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson,
Jesus loves you more than you will know.
God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson.
Heaven holds a place for those who pray,
Hey, hey, hey

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Chris Nissen Park

Death has been a fairly frequent visitor to CNP this winter with another death on Monday. Samuel died in the early hours having had a long fight against TB. We helped him on many occassions with hospital and clinic appointments and tried to sort out his 'unemployment benefit' which he had contributed to, sadly getting blood out of a stone was far easier! Please pray for Susan who cared for samuel, she put up with a lot of grief from him and yet she was uncomplaining through out. Also, Samuel had no funeral policy so there will be a heavy financial burden on the family to pay for the funeral. Hopefully his former employer might help.

On a happier note, Mama Jane has at last built her extension. She dilligently saved R1000 every month for 18 months and the extension has now been paid for in it's entirety. Mama Jane now has her own bedroom as does her son James and her twin grandchildren. Praise God for such a dilligent witness in the community! There is a lot of gossip at the moment as people believe the church paid for her house, however we gave her absolutely nothing towards it. Mama Jane has been addressing this herself in the community and we're so proud of her for doing so.

Mama Jane's house

Life seems to continue to tick by whilst most live pretty much hand to mouth. Folk in CNP make the most of what they've got and get by as best they can. Below is a photo of Michael and Booty (Mama Jane's grandchild) sitting in Michaels lean-to stoop.