After fifty years of civil war with the north South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011. Peace was short lived. In 2013 fighting broke out between the two main tribes and between the President (Dinka tribe) and Vice President (Nuer tribe). Repeated efforts to resolve the crisis have failed and over a million South Sudanese … More South Sudan – the world’s newest country
Maria’s story is dedicated to the women of South Sudan, who have loved their families through conflict, separation and famine.
The giant figure of tribalism strides across central Africa scattering families and leaving children vulnerable. Maria, trafficked to the UK, meets Jane, a charity worker striving to free victims and fight exploitation. Together they renovate a house where damaged lives find hope, and in doing so each discovers love, family and a new life.
A depiction of Ethiopia’s ancient Christian beliefs in the British Museum piqued my curiosity about the country and its people. The Wife’s Tale satisfied my curiosity. Edemariam writes of her grandmother’s arranged marriage when she was a child to her death in 1989. the writing evokes the scents, the beliefs as well as the sights and … More The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam is a beautiful book that evokes the sights, smells, and sounds of Ethiopia through the turbulence of empire and revolution.
All Saints Cathedral, Juba, was built locals told me by the Church Mission Society The metal plaque screwed to the stone facing says TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND OF ALL HIS SAINTS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THIS CATHEDRAL CHURCH WAS LAID BY CAMPBELL MAC INNES ARCHBISHOP IN JERUSALEM ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15th 1959. The wide … More ‘Slow radio’ and ‘slow food’ are an antidote to fast paced delivery. I am trying ‘slow writing’, enjoying hidden corners of the world of words.
Michael Hyatt’s book ‘Platform Get Noticed in a Noisy World’ is a scratch where I am itching. In my first year of teaching I struggled to hold the attention of a class of 14 year olds. One day, emphasizing an important point, I strode across the front of the class, stepped too far – and planted … More Fear of falling off the platform – getting it right on social media. Michael Hyatt’s book ‘Platform Get Noticed in a Noisy World’ is helpful.
Flame International colleagues on the mission in Juba are hearing sad stories of loss and trauma. We cannot imagine the suffering people have born in three generations of fighting. On previous missions I have seen men break down in tears because of the burden of looking after their own children, and orphaned nephews and nieces. The story … More Flame International colleagues on mission in Juba are hearing sad stories of loss and trauma.
The next Flame International mission leaves for Juba, South Sudan tomorrow to run a conference for between 50 and 60 Sudan People’s Liberation Army chaplains on forgiveness, emotional pain, healing of shock and trauma, damage to the human spirit, generational influences and to receive prayer ministry in the name of Jesus. In July last year I was … More The Flame International mission leaves for Juba South Sudan to minister to SPLA chaplains. I wish I was with them!
I found out recently that the Church of England has launched The Clewer Initiative – strategies for detecting modern slavery The initiative is funded by an order of Anglican nuns who have moved out of their Victorian convent and are funding this initiative as part of their legacy – impressive; like William Wilberforce, who stood up … More Hidden in plain sight – the Clewer Initiative against modern slavery
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I love Margaret Atwood’s opening sentence of a chapter where she says ‘The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read.’ (The Blind Assassin – The steamer trunk) That is so true. The minute I start thinking about a reader, or preferably, several, I have … More How to write the truth.
Niek’s story of the work of ATD Fourth World in Dar es Salaam is inspiring and moving. His descriptions evoke the sites and smells of African street markets. He tells the story of vendors in the fish market; and the young men who live on the beach and are forced to bury themselves in the … More Des pailles dans le sable – Straws in the sand. The inspiring story of the work of ATD Fourth World with some of the world’s poorest in Tanzania.
The city is busy; travellers are arriving from every direction and there is nowhere left to stay. The towns people are frantically busy dealing with the needs of those who have already booked in. On the hills around the city shepherds watch, too poor to be part of the bustle below – over looked, under … More Who are the shepherds today? Where are they?