...back in the UK and living a "normal" life
after nearly 8 years with Mercy Ships...
This Blog serves as two things: a photo-diary of our lives between 2007 and mid 2011, when we saw some incredible things and met some amazing people; and a reflection of our more normal lives since then.
We love Sherborne. A small city with a population of only 10,000, it still feels like a small town from days gone by. It has an abbey over 900 years old, and the one shopping street is made up almost solely of ancient stone buildings. At this time of year, the whole town smells of fallen leaves and woodsmoke from hundreds of wood-burners and open fires. Lovely!
Photo of the abbey, taken by Dr Keith Chapman.
You wanna come stay? We're having our garage converted JUST FOR YOU! Olly
...for Liberia. Elections have been and gone, but the opposition boycotted them and thus won't recognise the fair election results and encouraged demonstrations leading to riots and a couple of deaths. Please pray that peace is restored soon, and that the current president can start her second term well and get on with re-building her country again.
...for the Africa Mercy. Thursday was the last day for surgeries in Sierra Leone; now the pace changes as the hospital is packed away, the Hope Centre is closed down, and the ship is loaded and prepared to sail.
...for Sierra Leone, as the population is left to manage their own health care without help from one of the most effective aid organisations on the planet.
Oh dear, such a lot has happened since I last blogged. We moved into our own house on 10th October - here it is:
We have been very blessed by an awesome God: 5 bedrooms, three bathrooms and a MASSIVE kitchen/dining room, for way less than our three-bedroom ex-council house in Harpenden.
The kids are doing really well in school - in fact they are thriving - and Sally is getting to know the mums at drop-off and pick-up time.
My work at the stone-splitting factory ceased about 6 weeks ago, so I took up gardening and DIY until the weather got wetter and cooler. Last week I got a temp job in the warm and dry office of a local cheese company. It'd be great if the job became permanent and I could stay on after Christmas.
I'm still listening to KLOVE - my daily dose and inspiration!
Now that we are settled and praying about being here, God is leading me to volunteer with Yeovil Street Pastors one or two nights a month - see www.streetpastors.org.uk - they patrol the city centre streets every Friday and Saturday nights, bringing Christ's love to the revellers...
What else? Oh yeah, we've had a steady procession of ship-mates visiting us: Keith, Alison, Jesse, Barry & Cheryl. It has been simply great to catch up with ship news.