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5 Months In

Rhino at Lake KyleI am still waiting on my visa, but part of my now busier week includes going with Joe to Ebenezer, where I have started to teach some the apprentices how to crochet. I only learnt how to crochet last year at IMC and I didn’t thin…

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1st Day of Crochet Club

Things have been all quiet on the blogging front this last month, my humble apologies. Take this to be a good sign that some of the frustrations of too much time on my hands, have come to an end. Also we took a wee holiday and saw a bit more of this beautiful country.

Giraffes

Giraffe at Hwange National Park

We have definitely settled into life in Bulawayo, 5 months in we can say that we genuinely do have friends (my main prayer request before coming to Zim), really good friends at that. We are also used to realities of day-to-day life, from only having running water 3 days a weeks, to the curiosities and sometimes absurdities of travel (one must never drive without; a fluorescent jacket, 2 warning triangles, a fire extinguisher, a radio licence and honeycomb reflective tape, however you can pile as many people as you like in to the back!) We are also now used to using US dollars but still can get confused with the change which is usually South African Rand, if less than a dollar, or occasionally getting envelopes, lollipops or other small items as ‘change’ instead. We have also finally settled on a church, Bulawayo Baptist Church, and next weekend I am helping lead a 24hour Women’s Prayer Day. I’ve been asked to make a creative prayer room to cover the 8pm to 5am slot!

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Tessa’s Pool, Eastern Highlands

Rhino

Rhino at Lake Kyle

I am still waiting on my visa, but part of my now busier week includes going with Joe to Ebenezer, where I have started to teach some the apprentices how to crochet. I only learnt how to crochet last year at IMC and I didn’t think this skill would necessarily be something I would be passing on, but it is fun and useful, so why not? Wednesday afternoons the apprentices get a chance to leave the fields and the classroom to do something a bit different.  They seem to be enjoying it and some of them have picked it up quickly. There is occasionally a bit of a language barrier, my Ndebele vocab hasn’t included crochet terms yet, but we muddle along.  Unfortunately good wool is hard to find here, but thankfully we have been donated some, which we are very thankful for. We are currently making dishcloths and blankets but I think the apprentices are hoping to add some crochet fashion to their wardrobes soon.

All in all we have had an incredible 5 months, and are so grateful to God for answering our prayers and making the transition so easy. We love being here and we would particularly value your prayers for the visa situation though. We are hoping to get an answer in the next few weeks.

Thanks so much for all your support. Keep in touch.

Lois