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.