Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fascinating Fascinator

For Melbourne Cup day down here in Melbourne, we (the women that is) wore fascinators to tea that night. I made this flower fascinator following Simple Vintage Girl's tutorial and I loved how they turned out.

They were an absolute cinch to make and it was quite fun to burn fabric as well! I used an old full slip that I had planned to donate to Savers but I'm glad I had held on to it (my hoarding ways can be helpful at times). I made three flowers and attached them to the straps of the slip to
make 2 headbands.

It's a very cute and easy tutorial. I've seen these flowers all over the place recently. I think people are using chiffon or silk or something synthetic that curls with heat. Here are some links.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Red tops

Red tops
Red tops by Feliciter featuring red tops
I've found Polyvore. It's a cute site that allows you to pick and choose clothes and create outfits. I've been researching styles that are complement my pear shape body. All the puffy sleeves and attention-drawing necklines are all great but they are all probably too long for my petite height and pear shape. The hems should end at the hip bone or a little longer.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Xhosa Lesson 2. How to say "click" sounds.

I'm planning on learning Xhosa to a high level over the first three years of living in Cape Town, South Africa. It's one of the 11 national languages of South Africa and it will help me to make relationships with locals in the township of Khayelitsha.

At some point learning Portuguese to a high level will be useful in order to work with Wycliffe in Angola and Mozambique.

I love that I have the opportunity to learn so many languages in situ.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We're going to southern Africa!

It's all completely official. We've been accepted as missionaries with CMS to go to southern Africa next June for 3 years. We plan to be there for much longer than that but missionaries go for 3 years at a time with 6 months in between each term back in Australia. We will be living in the seaside suburb of Muizenberg, right on the southern tip of Africa.

Nathan will be lecturing at George Whitefield College (GWC). GWC is the theological college for the Church of England in South Africa (CESA), but actually draws students much more widely than that. GWC trains people from all over Southern Africa both to pastor churches and to teach in African bible colleges.
Nathan’ll also be studying a second PhD, part time. This time it will be in theology. He’s thinking about doing this through one of the local universities at Stellenbosch.

I will be working with The Seed Company on a Bible translation project in western Zambia. I will travel to a remote town three times a year, for three weeks at a time, and work with local Christians and other international consultants to translate the Bible for one of several unreached people groups in the area. The first job is to create written alphabets!
When I'm not in Zambia, I will be working with GWC to help improve the English of students who come from places where English is not their first language. Since teaching at GWC happens in English, this is an important ministry.
We plan to learn some basic Xhosa to help with building relationships with people in the local community.

We're beyond excited! God has been so very good and faithful and we are thrilled to be able to use our passions in this way. CMS is a fantastic organisation that seeks to see God's church growing as lives and communities are transformed by Christ. If you'd like to support us in any way: receiving our prayer letters, praying for us or financially supporting us please comment below and I'll get in touch with you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bible translation = cultural preservation

After today we'll know for sure whether or not we're missionaries with CMS. We had our final Federal Candidates Committee interview this morning.

This video from WycliffeUSA is part of what I hope to be doing: Bible translation in an oral culture. (The video mentions Uganda and the Philippines but I won't be working in either country.)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Touristy Things

We've managed to fit quite a bit of touristy things in our 5 months here in Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road was magnificent and the fairy penguins on Phillip Island were smelly but oh, so cute.
Spring comes and goes in Melbourne, it seems. It was lovely today with the sun and gorgeous foliage but rain comes suddenly resulting in our housekeeper turning the central heating on again.
As part of missionary training with the Church Missionary Society we did a 4WDriving course. It was terrifying. I know the slope looks gentle but in real life it was a 90degree drop - I swear!
We have a few more weeks here in Melbourne. We have our final interview next week and then the conferences and fundraising for finance and prayer support begins.