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2 cars, 2 planes, 2 coaches, 1 train and 60 hours later, we arrived back in Bulawayo after visiting my sister and her family in the States. The journey was a tough one, particularly as I was suffering from a kidney infection, but an awesome pharma…

2 cars, 2 planes, 2 coaches, 1 train and 60 hours later, we arrived back in Bulawayo after visiting my sister and her family in the States. The journey was a tough one, particularly as I was suffering from a kidney infection, but an awesome pharmacist at the airport managed to get me some antibiotics (she actually ran to our boarding gate to make sure I got them!), and I was soon on the mend.

 

Although the journey wasn’t great, we had no trouble at the Zimbabwean border (thanks for the prayers) and we are back in Zimbabwe – for now at least. It was very precious to be able to spend time with my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece, but it does feel good to be ‘home’.

 

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Enjoying time with our totally scrumptious nephew and niece at the aquarium.

 

Time out of your usual environment always provides a good opportunity to take stock, as is the start of a new year. Joe and I had our 5th wedding anniversary whilst we were away and our tradition is to spend time writing a journal together, reflecting on the events of the past year and our hopes for the year to come.

 

America was a world away from life in Zimbabwe, and although we experienced no electricity ‘load-shedding’ or water cuts; could eat whatever we wanted; and buy anything you could possibly want, it didn’t make us miss life in the West, and in fact made us so grateful for the life we have here in Bulawayo. It is hard to describe what it is about life in Zimbabwe that is so appealing, but there is a something about being right in the place where you feel God wants you to be. That is how it feels being here, like we are in the centre of God’s will for our lives, and there is nowhere else I would rather be.

 

We are getting back into the swing of things again in Bulawayo. We’ve returned to our language lessons, Joe is back supporting Ebenezer and Family Impact, and I’m exploring some of the options available whilst I wait to be able to start at the school. We are praying that the work permit comes soon, but whilst I wait, I’m getting the opportunity to do things I wouldn’t otherwise be able to. One such opportunity is helping out at a home for sexually abused girls by giving them 1:1 remedial reading lessons, as several of them are struggling with school.

 

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Our good friend Lennon’s first ever attempt at flipping pancakes – it was a success!

 

We hosted a Pancake Party to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, which was a lot of fun. We had savoury and sweet toppings and some of the combinations people came up with were pretty interesting, certainly not anything that we’ve witnessed in the UK.

 

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Bolognese, pineapple, basil and chocolate spread – even other Zimbabweans were unsure of this combination!

 

So, we are back and loving it. A big thank you to all who sent Christmas post, we LOVE post and it’s still arriving! We would really love to stay here in Zim, so for those of you who pray, please continue to ask God for breakthrough for our visas, and thank you, to all of you, for being an amazing support in every which way.

 

God bless you lovely people,
Lois