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Back in Bulawayo

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…

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Summer Holidays, in January

A news-site’s photo of this weekend’s Beitbridge border queue After our extra month’s stay during December, for which we’re extremely thankful, the decision was made that we would choose to leave Zimbabwe for a short while whilst we continue to aw…

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December Joy

December has been a month filled with joy, foremost because we’re still here in Zim! As our initial 6-month visa came to an end, and we had not yet received a response about the appeal for our work permits, we thought we would have to exit the c…

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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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The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart

(A video introduction to Family Impact – a little out of date, but hopefully interesting nonetheless) In contrast to Lois’ wrestle with being ‘underemployed’ (see her last blog post for details), I have quickly found myself with quite a full sched…

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A time for everything…

Sunrise at Shalom Campsite in the Matopo Hills National Park I have been pondering on the words of Ecclesiates 3 and wondering what season I am in at the moment. It would appear that now is not the time for practicing speech therapy; my work permi…

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Language Lessons

Alliance Française de Bulawayo is our new language school; we aren’t learning French though. Ndebele is the language that we hope to get our tongues around and Mr Zulu is our teacher. We are having lessons 4 days a week in an attempt to get to gri…

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So far so good…

Our road at sunset. It’s a few weeks since our last update and that has been because we have been busy, out and about getting to know the projects BMS are partnering with here, in the lovely and sunny Zimbabwe. We have also been getting used to li…

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Real and lasting change

Last Wednesday Lois and I had the privilege of witnessing a very special event – a graduation. This was no ordinary graduation however, the students in question have spent the past two and a half years as apprentices at Ebenezer Agricultural Train…

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A Warm Welcome

It’s less than two weeks since we left the UK, but it already feels like a lifetime ago. The past two weeks have been a non-stop introduction to life here: meeting people; visiting projects; figuring out how to drive, shop, cook and wash in this n…