Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Last Days of South Africa

I'm writing this from a plane that is about to take off for the UK, via Dubai. Lydia is sitting next to me, and I just had a wonderful five weeks here in Southern Africa - with Lydia with me for the last three weeks.

I'm not sure how long I'll have till they tell us to turn off our phones, so let me just say now that my year as George's gopher is quickly coming to an end. I have almost finished a prayer letter that, besides reflecting on the year, answers the "what next?" question. I'll be sending this prayer letter out this week, so thanks for staying tuned.

Last weekend Lydia and I spent two days in a local township. During the time of Apartheid (separation of white and non-white people), townships were set up for the black people. Of course, Apartheid was a period of deep discrimination (and only ended in 1994). So, visiting this township (Soshanguve) was a real experience for Lydia and myself. It was an opportunity to see South Africa from a totally different angle. We had great fellowship with the people we spent our time with - not least a dynamic Pentecostal pastor and his wife.

Whoops, they're telling me to turn off my phone, so I will have to do that. God bless and more soon!
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ar TORONTO, CANADA | 2018+

OCTOBER


NOVEMBER

22 Thu (1) ~C dropoff/pickup, (2) 12noon mtg (SN)
23 Fri MI online board mtg
24 Sat 9:30am time w/ J/BA+
25 Sun 4pm patch Bible mtg
26 Mon 8pm oversight mtg (VS)
27 Tue (1) 3pm Skype (Dunc. W), (2) (7:15pm patch prayer mtg)
28 Wed (1) 8:30am depts mtg, (2) 1pm ph mtg (SN), (3) 7:45pm mtg (JJ), (4) 9pm Skype (Tw:Ab)
29 Thu (1) 9am b'fast (PatB,MB) - Hamilton, (2) 3pm ph mtg (Al)
30 Fri (1) 10am mtg + lunch (SN,KBo) - Mississauga, (2) BN 60th b'day (BN,JY staying over)

DECEMBER
1 Sat (1) am w/ BN,JY, (2) 3pm helping Eh move
2-6 Sun-Thu poss. Kitchener/Dearborn/Grand Rapids/London trip
2 Sun speaking at Radiant City Church
4 Tue 10am mtg (RW) - 501-55 Campau
7 Fri VT Christmas time
9 Sun 4pm n'hood Bible mtg
10 Mon 11-12:30pm Zoom w/ First Chair leaders
23 Sun N'mith fam Christmas
24 Mon Malkutha Christmas
25 Tue Christmas Day
29 KH/S wedding

2019 on
Jan 27: 5pm - poss. speaking at Spirit of Truth Church
Feb 15-18: MIer conference
Feb 16: Sat - 10-yr anniv
Feb 18-22: VT retreat
Feb 22-30: time off (poss. Southern Africa)
Apr 1-3: poss. First Chair retreat
May 10, 10am: CCWM board mtg
Jun 15: poss. Prayer Journey (poss. Australia); poss. visit supporters
Jun 25-29: poss. marketplace conf. - Manila
Dec: likely Indonesia