About the name

On the last night of our holiday in Europe in 2013 after a couple of Belgian beers we started brainstorming ideas for the blog that we would use to keep in touch once we moved to Mozambique. We knew we wanted the title to convey something of our reason for being there (read more about this) whilst also being something still available on wordpress!

The meaning behind ‘hands to learn’ is 3-fold:

  1. “Hands to learn” is a lyric from the Mumford and Sons song ‘Below My Feet’. The full line is: “Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn”. Aside from loving Mumford and Sons, this seemed to sum up what we are trying to say: that we are going on this adventure both to work (serve) and to learn, and we are excited about both.
  2. Christians often speak about being Jesus’ hands and feet on the earth. As Christians we believe we are called to do His work: to love as He would love and to do as He would do. We are going to Mozambique to use our hands and feet to serve; we can’t really express this any better than the quote below:

    Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.
    Saint Teresa of Avila

  3. Joanne has just finished reading a book by Donald Miller about ‘story’. In it he talks about being just a single tree in a story about a magnificent forest. We also wanted to convey that we are just 2 people wanting to make a tiny difference. We offer 4 eyes, 4 hands and 4 feet to do what we can.

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