We hear it’s stormy in the UK… so just so you know what you’rep1010212.jpg missing by not being in South Africa…

Today we met up with our very good friend Ellen. We know Ellen from Cape Town, but she’s now working at Christ Church in Midrand, north of Jo’burg. It was so lovely to see her, especially after missing her wedding in January. Congratulations Ellen!

Later we met up with Trevor. We only heard about Trevor last night, so the meeting was all last minute, but well worth it.

Trevor is a musician, with a degree in music and spends his Saturdays in prison. There he’s teaching inmates theory and some of them are taking their grade 5 theory exam. He wants to go on to teach them the practical side of music, but at present there’s no money to buy instruments. He’s also put together a business plan to expand what they are doing, to get funding for instruments and also for people to be paid to do this work. Doing this music with the inmates has provided great opportunities to get to know them, to chat with them afterwards back in the cells and to talk with them about Jesus. This sounds like some of the things we’ve been talking about back in Sheffield as a team, so it was very exciting to hear about someone actually doing this.

We had a great time talking music, bands, introducing each other to artists the other hadn’t heard of (he even bought me a CD). Trevor is part of a band himself. He gave me his 2nd album, which I haven’t listened to yet, so I can’t comment on it.

Trevor was very excited to hear what we’re doing at the Crowded House and was saying our what he was hearing was stuff he’s been thinking a lot about recently and has been talking as a band about.

Tomorrow we fly down to Cape Town. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Schluters for putting us up and putting up with us. They really have been so warm, welcoming and hospitable. We’ve had a great time here in Jo’burg, had some good conversations, started to get a feel for what’s going on, learned things about the area and what opportunities there are here for ministry. It has been a pleasure and we’ll miss people here. But on to Cape Town we must go and see what the Lord has in store for us there…