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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Diane,

    I just came across your blog and hope that you will add me to your prayer letters. I'm so excited for you both.

    Reading your blog brought back so many great memories from our time in Azerbaijan together:)

    All the best and keep in touch