Monthly Archives: January 2011

i love it when a plan comes together

It is with great pleasure and mild panic that I can announce that my visa arrived on Friday, I booked my flight on Saturday – I am GOING to Cape Town!  What I find funny is how surprised I am that this is actually happening.  When I told folks in Cape Town that I was going home last June, few were convinced that they wouldn’t see me again; when I came home in June, most people knew that it probably wasn’t forever, and yet…here I am, surprised at how this plan has come together.

Anyways, I will be heading over to London around the 10th February (tbc) then my flight leaves Heathrow on the evening of the 14th (anyone planning on taking me out for a romantic dinner should have been a bit more organised hey?).  Once I arrive in Cape Town, I’ll probably take a few days settling in, start flat hunting but will pretty much be jumping in with both feet to Fusion and life at The Warehouse.

As promised, there are a few short films about some of the stuff I’ll be involved with.  This first one is about the Warehouse.  If you’re interested in finding out more, get in touch with me or check out their website:

http://www.warehouse.org.za

Below is a wee video showing you where Fusion is at right now…and introducing Pete, my team-mate! (NB. he is not the horse)

Pete also has a website with some information on it, feel free to sign up for his newsletters, they make for a challenging but inspiring read:

http://www.projectcapetown.org

There’s actually quite a lot of information in this post so I’m going to leave it there but I will write again soon.

He is before all things and IN HIM all things hold together.

 

 


a quick update

I posted a rather important letter this morning, I even got butterflies in my tummy… but it’s gone, my application for a visa to South Africa is out of my hands!  Please pray though team, once this is approved, thunderbirds are go!

As mentioned in the last post, on Saturday 22nd January, I’ll be hosting a coffee and  eats morning at my house from 10 – 1.  I have a few short films to give you an idea of where I’m headed and to give you an update on Fusion and what they’re doing…if you can’t make this, don’t worry, I will pop the films up here at some point.

You are all most welcome, if you need an address, get in touch

clarem_me@hotmail.com

 

 


cape town.

Friends…hi!

 

The last few months have been pretty hectic, what with Christmas, playing coffee shop and talking (a lot) about South Africa!  I know a few of you are probably sick of hearing me go on and on and on about how great The Warehouse is, and how beautiful Cape Town is, and how much I want to be there but for those online who don’t have the pleasure of hearing such chat, now’s your chance.


Today in church we sang that song “Everyone needs compassion, the kindness of a Saviour..” da da daa daaa da da…but there’s a line in the chorus that says “Saviour, He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save” and it took me back to a week of prayer in our (me and my ol’ pal Rebekah) house in Cape Town.  It became a bit of a theme of the week but I remember singing it on our closing night with a bunch of young teenaged guys and girls fully giving it stacks to God because He had shown up and they had met with Him…it was a pretty special moment, but the more I think about it, the more that line takes on significance for this last year in my life.


Honestly, the first 6 months of 2010 felt like a process of God lifting me out a wee (ish) hole, saving me from questions I couldn’t answer, saving me from myself even…but I come out of that hole with greater certainty that He is good and with a higher expectation for this mountain moving business!  When I left Cape Town last June though, I really thought that it might be time to let go of those dreams I’d been dreaming since 2007 (of community, hospitality, of learning to love our neighbours and making disciples…in Cape Town) but since being home, I think God has gently been urging me to keep dreaming, keep believing that as His disciple, fullness of life is a reality and that for me, for now, this means Cape Town.  I’m excited because not only do I return to a place with great people, great beauty and great weather, but I am continuing in this adventure – my life is not made up of random bits that don’t connect but a serious of essential chapters in a messy book…it’s a beautiful thing.


So right now… I’m in the middle of sending off my visa application and raising some support – I am SO eager to get back out now, I’m in contact with the Fusion team and there is stuff happening and I want to join them but until I am ready, it’s a waiting game and I’m ok with that.  For a bit more information on Fusion, The Warehouse and what I’ll be doing, there is a tab at the top of my blog “the cape town bit”… it’s the bit about Cape Town.. https://itisnolongeri.wordpress.com/the-cape-town-bit/ – check it out.  Also, watch this space for some Fusion media delights and for those of you who find yourselves in Belfast, I will be holding some sort of coffee morning with some edible goodness, no doubt – more info to follow!


Finally finally..maybe this is inappropriate for a blog, I’m not too sure of the etiquette, but I am truly overwhelmed by the number of people who have taken the time to listen and take interest in me – it never ceases to surprise me…so thank you.

 


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