What is it about community anyway? 

In our plan for our Safari we wrote about exploring the the idea of community and I’ve been wanting for a while to start collecting together some of our thoughts around this. This will be the first of hopefully many blog posts as we learn but this one tries to articulate our motivations behind wanting to find out more. (Massively simplified because it’s supposed to be a blog post and not an essay!) The next post will talk a bit more about some different manifestations of intentional community, particularly in reference to lots of inspirational people we have met so far on our journey and based around our time in Cape Town. (We’re really behind, having now been in Australia for a month!)



7 days ago

I spent my last night in Mozambique sat with a hastily tied capalana around my jeans helping prepare food for 70 people. I carried the boiled and peeled eggs in a basin on my head, but steadied by both hands. I collected some water for people to wash their hands in, marvelling at the speed at which it came from the tap, but still unable to carry the not even full bucket the 100 metres to where it needed to be. (more…)

Experiencing extremes: from floods to drought

In January 2015 Andy wrote:

“Wells drying up. Crops struggling. Dust coats your hands, the walls of your house, the leaves on the trees. It’s hot. So hot. Everything is parched. No energy to move.”

In 2015 those feelings were quickly replaced by the horror of the constant rain and floods we experienced which washed out peoples farms which had been so desperately needing rain. But not that much.

This year, in complete contrast, those feelings still persist. (more…)

Accepting death

A strange blog topic for those reading from our culture I suspect but here it’s more normalised. Perhaps cultural but perhaps because it’s heart wrenchingly common and so much a part of day-to-day life. I received a message whilst I was in the UK notifying me that the Diocese car would be used for the funeral of a 4-year old child. The news of the death of the child was not the focus of the email.

This week a close colleague lost a second wife. (more…)

Guest post 7 – A parent’s perspective

This is a very special guest post written by Joanne’s parents, Doug and Elaine, on their trip to Mozambique in May. It was such a privilege to have them here and to be able to show them what we are up to and how we live day to day. They experienced many firsts: from their first connecting flight to their first time sleeping under a mosquito net to their first time in a kayak. We spent a wonderful couple of weeks together and we were very spoilt by an amazing holiday in Malawi too. Here are their thoughts on their experiences. (more…)