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Mercy Air Trip to ASAM - Pastor Training

At the end of July we spent 6 days at ASAM (Mucombeze, Mozambique) with Dwight and Lynne Lagore and their team: samministries.org
Sixty-six pastors were gathered (65 men and 1 woman), having travelled from some of the poorest and remote communities in Mozambique, to participate in the week-long intensive training school. Some of these are still working through the six-year training programme, while others have already graduated, and had come for ongoing teaching, encouragement and refreshment. They joined together with wonderful and generous hearts.
Each day began with prayers at 6.30am, and arriving at the training school, we were greeted with the sound of singing across the site; strong melodic voices, praising God. (see Nigel’s face book page https://www.facebook.com/nigel.traynor.5) As an Anglican, one of my two reference points for morning prayer was my study back home; where I often said the morning Office and prayed by myself (with God). The other was Salisbury Cathedral; where …
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Looking out

For the past few weeks, Ruth (our daughter) has been visiting us.We decided to take full advantage of the free labour and come up with a list of jobs for her to do so we now have a new improved look on the blog, an updated newsletter format, new crockery for the house and (most significantly) a large map on the wall of the Games Room here at Mercy Air.
As we have settled into life here at Mercy Air, we have been stirred to create space and time in which to pray collectively.The map is to assist us in our prayers.It reminds us of the sheer magnitude of this continent of Africa (it only shows the 9 whole countries and part of 3 more).It helps us to look out to the places where God is calling us.We can locate on the map the partners we work with and travel to regularly and maybe shows us some opportunities for working in new areas.Finally, it reminds us that our Father God has a heart bigger than this continent, for this continent.


I recently read this:"Africa is the only continent…

YWAM Nensa

Mercy Air trip to YWAM Nensa, Mozambique
The first mission trip of our ‘new normal’in South Africa happened last week.Azarja, our pilot, flew the team; which included Bruce, Stephen, Erin and Nigel in the Cessna 310. We traveled from Mercy Air; to Kruger International (to exit SA); to Beira (to enter Mozambique); then on to Marromeu(12 hours total, including long waits for permits and visas – This is Africa!)The drive by car (in a 4x4) would take about 3 days on some very difficult, non-tarmac roads. Allison and Leanna drove the final 1 1/2 hours from Marromeu to the YWAM base at Nensa. As a rookie African Missionary, I did initiallyfeel a bit like Michel Palin without the film crew. The common red sand road, somany people walking into the dark,headlamp beams throwing themselves into the air as the car climbed out of the dip-valley in the road.In the dark, at the mission site, our destination, we were greetedand welcomed by their team singing and dancing. 

Our team stayed in one of the …

We are searching for the new normal.

We are searching for the new normal.
We have been in our new home for 4 weeks and are beginning to settle into a new rhythm of life. Today our shipping boxes arrived, all safe and sound, and we spent a few hours unpacking things we had forgotten we had packed! The house is beginning to feel like home, and we are very comfortable.
It is coming in to Winter here, and we have had some very cold mornings and evenings, although the days are very pleasant with sun and temperatures in the mid twenties. It is quite funny seeing the local people all wrapped up and complaining of the cold, when really, the days are the same as our English summer!
The Mercy Air family has made us feel welcome and at home. It is an exciting feeling getting to know a group of people, who we will share our lives with, all over again. Our roles here have a number of facets to them and we are slowly working out how we take our place on the farm. One of the attractions when we first came to Africa was the question 'I…

Naff Tat! Do you mind!

Naff Tat! Do you mind!As you know we are moving to South Africa in few days time, and we have a lot of stuff. We are finding we have built up a lot of stuff over 33 years of marriage. We don’t have piles of old newspapers or tins of spam from the 70s, but we have stuff. And lots of it!Our daughter Ruth has formed a Wattsapp group which reads..Hi Guys!As most of you know, my parents are moving to SA to serve as missionaries with Mercy Air therefore they are currently in the process of emptying a big vicarage by May 11th.So, there’s a load of stuff they’re getting rid of which will generate funds to purchase a car in SA.  If you’re interested, the price is up to you and will be paid through ‘Stewardship’.  If you know someone else who might be interested, pass on the pictures.Absolutely no offence taken if you leave the group because you think it’s all naff tat!So people have been coming and taking our stuff in exchange for a donation to our stewardship account. There is lots of laughte…
About a million years ago, when I was an apprentice mechanic, a change in life happened. At the company I worked we took delivery of a new Bedford TK truck, heater and rubber floor mats optional! We climbed into and searched all over the new shiny toy, like children in a playground. Then someone asked “what’s that”? Behind the steering wheel where the speedo lived there was a large black, roundish clock. The foreman informs us in a overly smug way “it’s a tachograph”. It records everything the lorry and the driver does on a small piece of paper which is handed to the manager at the end of the working shift. At that point a driver steps into the crowd of inquisitive mechanics and apprentices and proclaims “Oh $%£* now they will know everything we do”. 
On reflection the tachograph was a clunky piece of kit that began a new way of tracking; where we are, what we are doing and what we are not doing. The tachograph was renamed the spy in the cab.It was seen very much as threat to the worki…

Boxes

We are committed! In the past we agreed, but now we are committed. Tickets to Johannesburg have been acquired, and seats booked (same seats as last time). We are now sorting our possessions. I am grateful to Brother Nigel (Schibald), who, many years ago first planted the seed of a simple life, living with less. Pictured are the possessions we are shipping to South Africa. Fourteen boxes that will help us live a simpler life at Mercy Air, in White River. What we are discovering is that we have so much stuff! Jesus once said something about our possessions and our treasures. We have already made many trips to the re-cyclers, and the council tip, and there will be many more to come. In this part of the journey we are asking; ‘What do we want to come back to?’ We are moving from a 5 bedroom house vicarage with a large garden, to a small 2 bedroom cabin with a combined kitchen, living and dining room, with a massive garden (The Lowveld). We discovered we had three sets of crockery, (don…