We are back in South Africa and getting settled in KwaZulu-Natal. I am so grateful to be serving as a Volunteer in Mission for The Episcopal Church and I am thrilled about this new year and the new opportunities for ministry that it will bring.
This past week has been about getting things in place. Here is a quick list and some of the blessings already received.
- New Church Home: Anglican Church of the Ascension in Hilton. Turns out one of the assistants is someone who graduated from COT last year. What a great surprise when we showed up and saw Nobuthle serving at the altar!
- New digs in the Hilton/Howick area: A cottage owned by the son of a retired Anglican priest! His dad attended St. Paul’s College in Grahamstown which has now merged into COT.
- New Visiting Academics at UKZN: Working on three book projects: 1) Saving Words, 2) South African Reflections on Anglican Worship, and 3) Anglican Approaches to Religious Pluralism.
- New Trip: Going to Tanzania in November to learn about theological education.
- New Contact with the Dean of Studies about Theological Education in the Anglican Diocese of Natal. A former faculty member at COT.
- Newly Purchased Wild Card so we can enter Midmar Nature Reserve and run: 10 minutes away and relatively flat!
- New gym membership in Hilton on the way to UKZN: No excuse not to work out!
- New Car: A tiny rental that feels like I’m driving a roller skate.
- New Local Airport: Resembles the Fisher Price Airports of my youth.
- New colleagues: New relationships and friendships already forming!
Things to do:
- Get library card
- Join local running club
- Plan trips to Botswana and Kenya to learn about theological education
- Find local doctor who will put the parts back in place when they inevitably fall apart.
- Train for and run a marathon in South Africa! Okay, maybe a half-marathon.