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Rubberh Hits the Road

So... what am I doing?

Jan 13, 2014  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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Family Impact Africa is run by Lynne, one of my housemates and the girl I made contact with when I was here last January. She oversees Family Impact’s 10 member countries, helping them function well as individual organisations and helping them deliver programs.  I’ve been helping her with preparing content for the launch of the new website, which happened last week (http://familyimpact.org) and with posting things on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FamilyImpact). I am also looking at how they can monitor and evaluate one of the marriage courses run by Family Impact across a number of countries.  I’ll work with staff from Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa on this. The other key thing I’m doing, which I’m very excited about, is helping Lynne prepare for her trip to Australia in March. She will be speaking at each of the launch events for TEAR Australia’s new education campaign on women and poverty (http://www.tear.org.au/news/tears-fortomorrow-campaign-launch-march-2014).  Family Impa…

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Joanna in Zimbabwe

Jan 07, 2014  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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Merry Christmas to all. I hope you have all enjoyed time with family and friends and a break from the usual routines of work and school terms as the case may be. Christmas in Zim has proved quite festive, starting with Carols by Candlelight on the 10th of Dec, an annual event sponsored by Rotary and the Bulawayo Music Society. I went with two of my colleagues. They were held at Bulawayo’s amphitheatre and boasted a Salvation Army band and a combined choir of over 500 school kids. There were real candles, we sang carols and the Christmas story was narrated and acted out complete with a real (and tiny) baby Jesus who slept so soundly through the whole thing that there was much debate about whether he was real... As we come to the end of 2013 it occurs to me that I have both started and ended this year in Zimbabwe.  I’m not sure there’s any special significance in this, except that when I spent two weeks here in January, I did not expect to have moved here by…

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USA today

Oct 22, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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As I write from the other side of the globe I am reminded that we are all on a journey. Many times that journey takes us to the places that God is leading us, but we don't want to go.  I could never have gone to the places God has taken me over the last 10 years (and continued to move forward) without the sustaining encouragement and unconditional love of my church family.  Each day God is calling me to serve Him with Christlike-character - with self denial.  This goes against all my self-preservation instincts.  Serving at One however, allows me to see God's story unfolding in the lives of others, and in turn see how God's story is revealed in my life.  To be part of God's story together is a gift.  I am fully convinced that the story of One is far from over.  We have many more God-stories that will continue to unfold and many more people to come to know Christ's unconditional love.  I am no Hulk, but I don't need to be because I know that the l…

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Guitar lessons with Elvis

Aug 06, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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One of the uses I have found for myself is teaching guitar. I have picked up three students and I kid you not, one of them is named Elvis! And one of them is blind! The hospital chaplains saw me carrying my guitar one day and so we got talking about guitar. They told me that a previous doctor who had worked at the hospital had purchased a guitar for the hospital’s nursing school students to play at their services and fellowships, but that the only problem was that none of them knew how to play. So I told them I was happy to start teaching any students that were interested in learning, and asked if they knew of any. They said that a student named Elvis had expressed interest in wanting to play. What a brilliant name for a guitarist! So added to my to-do list was: ‘meet Elvis and teach him to play guitar’ That very same day as I was walking home after that conversation, and as I passed the nursing school I was greeted by a student, “Hello pastor, may I shake you…

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Babies, engagements and Hillsong concerts

Aug 03, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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So it’s been a while since Evan blogged, so I thought I would post something. My time in the Hospital has been great – we get up and head to Dr Rhodes house, with the other missionary doctors and medical students for a morning devotion and prayer at 8am. We have been working through a Psalm a day – and with Bill’s expertise in Hebrew and his immense knowledge of the bible, it’s been such a great way to start each day! From here, we usually head back to our little house and have a lazy breakfast, with coffee or chai (really sweet tea, with lots of milk and cinnamon – so naturally evan LOVES it!). At around 9:45 we head up to the hospital for rounds. I usually do the children’s ward, with Dr Aaron Jones – and lately I’ve just been doing the rounds myself, with the nurses to translate, and then Aaron will come later and check my notes and discuss some of the cases. It’s so nice to have some autonomy and feel that my confidence a…

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