A Music School across the Road?

In 1999, a group of concerned musicians came together to uplift a community by sharing their skills with some children on the property of a Lutheran church. The city was Joburg, the community was Hillbrow and surrounding suburbs, and the music school was the one right across the road from where we now live! Today we met most of the...

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Blanket Donations

Today we went out to Trinity House where we collected scarves, baby clothes and blankets that some classes of boys and girls had knitted together with baby food and supplies that they had collected for our work into the Inner City. These will probably go to the Central Methodist Church to help them with the many poor foreigners...

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Funeral and Burial of Baby Lynne

Today Nigel and I attended the funeral and the burial of  our blind friend, Sukoluhle’s little 10 month old baby, Lynne. After a very meaningful Methodist Church service to celebrate her short life, we travelled in a taxi together with relatives and close friends to the burial site in Soweto. Never seen so many, many small...

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3 Weeks in Hillbrow

Yesterday my good friend, Sukoluhle, from the Inner City, phoned to say she was coming to visit us at our Hillbrow flat. I was excited because her family were one of the catalysts to our move here, and I had wanted to be closer to precious people like her, so that we could visit each other in our homes and deepen our friendship.At...

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End of First Month in Hillbrow

Greeted many people on the street today as we again walked to the shops and back. Decided to see them individually as special to God, instead of being focussed on my destination. Love it that the needs are now right outside my front door, realize that I spent my days “on holiday” in my isolation from the world...

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Two Weeks in Hillbrow

Tomorrow will be 2 weeks living in Hillbrow!! Some courageous people I have met so far: a group of professional medicals who have chosen to work at the Hillbrow Community Clinic and who with amazing energy and enthusiasm tackle their daily challenges (and some of ours!); a nameless man who sweeps the outside ground floor of an...

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Why we moved to Hillbrow

Here is the beginning of an explanation on why we have moved to Hillbrow. Ghandi said “we must become the change we want to see in the world”. I want to see a world in which the rich do not tolerate extreme poverty and inequality. I want to see many people actually laying down their lives of comfort and convenience for...

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One Week in Hillbrow

One week of living in Hillbrow…spent most of it unpacking and sorting. Loving the rhythms of this great place, loving the Tanzanian owned cafe across the road, loving the sight of 100 plus people in the street below that I can look down on at any time of the day, loving walking around in my new suburb/home! Now to introduce...

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Day 12 The Morning after the First Night…

So, our first night sleeping in the big city! Wow, in the community at last! And we discovered this morning that “there’s a friendly Spar wherever you are!” (and ours is 24hrs – benefits of city living!)

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Day 11 Moving Day

Today we just took what we needed for each room: beds, tables, chairs, shelves, kitchen appliances and utensils, and of course our schoolroom learning materials…”Living simply so that others can simply live”  – Mother Teresa...

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