Friday, December 15, 2006


When do you leave?
I leave the Bay area on Dec. 21. I'll be in SoCal for a little over 3 weeks, spending the holidays with family and friends, before I set off for South Africa on January 15. Due to an extended layover in London, during which I will visit a couple of dear friends, I won't actually arrive in South Africa until January 20th.

What are you going to be doing?
NieuCommunities asks us to wait until a few weeks into the program before we settle on an area of ministry. I've been drawn to ministry in the townships outside Pretoria, and there are many opportunities for service there. Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted!

Where will you be living?
I'll be living in Pretoria North, a mostly Afrikaner suburb of Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. I will make my home at Pangani, a hundred-year-old guesthouse, where I'll be staying in one of the guest rooms and sharing common areas with the team and some of the staff. More info on where I'll be can be found here.

Can I visit you?
Maybe! Email me and check to see what my schedule looks like for the year. I'll know better once I get there. NC has two "Road Trips" scheduled for next year, in May and August, and those are a wonderful opportunity for you to visit and get a taste of what NieuCommunities is all about. Go here for info on the Road Trips.

How long will you be gone?
The NieuCommunities program lasts for 10 months, or more specifically, 42 weeks. I will be leaving Pretoria to fly home on November 12, 2007.

What will you do when you get back?
I hate this question. =) I don't know yet. I'm looking at this year as a time of exploration and discovery--I will be seeking more deeply where God might be leading me in the future--whether that is doing missions or not, staying in South Africa or not, staying with NieuCommunities or get the idea. I have felt drawn to missions for a long while, and I suspect that is where I may end up. I don't know yet what form that will take.

What do you want to get out of NieuCommunities and your time in South Africa?
A very broad answer is: a deeper sense of God's vision for the world, and how I fit into that. The second part of that is where I want to get a bit more specific, and that's the area in which I'll be seeking direction over the next year.

How can I send you letters, postcards, longed-for items from home, and frivolous gifts?
Email me and I'll send you my address. I would love to get mail. =)

How can I donate to your ministry?
Go here to donate online. Search for me by last name, and you'll be directed to a secure form where you can enter your giving information.


Jason said...

waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh will miss you!!!

Tom Dowling and Lisa Dowling said...

I am, of course, reading daily. And keeping you in my thoughts.