TV Or Light?

So we were on our way out last night and decided to pop into Macassar to see a couple from church to deliver something they had been waiting for for a few weeks. When we arrived in the monsoon like rain the house appeared to be in total darkness so Dean went to the door to knock and could see the light of the TV flickering through the window. It's always a joy to spend time with our family members and this visit was particularly special because of the delivery.

The house was in total darkness apart from the telly and the couple wouldn't put a light on because the stark choice was TV for the evening or a light on for a few minutes. After we'd been chatting for a minute we were aware of the floor moving, it was alive with children under duvets and blankets trying to keep warm whilst watching the telly and half the kids belonged to the neighbours.

Sadly this has been a tough week for the family as he had collapsed earlier in the week and after a visit to his Dr had been told to stay off work. Here no work means no pay! So yesterday, ignoring the Dr's advice he walked to a place he had been told had some work but unfortunately he got there a few minutes too late and all the jobs had gone. He then had to walk home in the pouring rain.

This is the reality of life for some of our church members. Life is tough and getting tougher by the day. There we were on our way out to enjoy ourselves for the evening. So what would you have done?

Dean had a chat with him outside and gave him some money to buy some food and electricity. Thankfully this couple are really sorted and we know they will spend the few bucks wisely.

Please pray for our members who are struggling for work and money. Feeding a family is not easy at the best of times but when you're this poor but still better off than most of your neighbours life gets very tough and messy.

Heritage Day

Today is Heritage Day, also known as National Braai (BBQ) Day with seemingly millions of South Africans across the country braaiing. Many of our friends in Macassar and Chris Nissen were getting in on the action.

To celebrate we spent the day with some Zimbabwean and Ugandan friends with Eli being the lone South African amongst us!

We had a great afternoon chatting and chilling and occassionally chasing one of the eight boys we had between us. They certainly mad it a very lively afternoon!

See more photos here.

Kalk Bay

To celebrate our twenty first wedding anniversary we had a very pleasant couple of nights away in the stunning seaside town of Kalk Bay on the Cape Peninsula, somewhere we've been wanting to explore for sometime.

To finally get the chance to mooch around the place sans enfants was a real blessing and we'll definitely be back sometime soon.

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Twentyone years ago our dear friend Richard pulled out all the stops on the organ and gave it some welly as he struck up Tocatta in C by Zipoli as the love of my life began walking down the aisle.

I have been incredibly blessed by the fact that shortly after 1.30pm Paula said "I do" and I'll be forever grateful to her and to God for the amazing time we've had together ever since.

To marry someone special is great. To marry your soul-mate is fantastic. To spend a lifetime with the love of your life is simply awesome!

I've always loved the fact that our wedding service involved two vicars, two charismatic church leaders and a host of friends doing various things. I've also never forgotten Jack Dearden's message about change. Jack told me to not fear change and Paula not to stand in the way of change. I don't think anyone who knows us would doubt that we embraced these words.

We'll be celebrating with a couple of nights away sans enfants and embracing change as we stay somewhere we've never been before. Fantastic!

Here Comes The Bride..

Last Saturday we celebrated the wedding of Philip and Maria with our friends from Simon's Town.

Once again it was a bit of 'weddings R us' as Paula was chauffeur for the bride and Dean was the official photographer.

We had a lovely day and a lot of fun and were totally spoilt by our dear friends from Simon's Bay Christian Church who laid on an amazing day.

The wedding took place in the chapel of the Naval Museum in Simon's Town and afterwards we  decamped to the gardens of Admiralty House for the photos. What a privilege to be able to use such extraordinary venues!