Sierra Leone, Day 5 (Sunday).
We had a day of rest on beautiful Tokeh Beach. It was also Tom's birthday, the founder and Director of Street Child. It was a chance to say "goodbye" to friends we have made along the way and share something of our faith with those who were very curious!
Sierra Leone, Day 5 (Sunday).
Sierra Leone, Day 4.
It was great to see the arrival of Tim Watts and Neil Henery but sad to hear that although the their journey went smoothly, their luggage has had a more leisurely trip to Sierra Leone. We hope it will arrive on Monday.Read More
Sierra Leone, Day 3
Today we headed to one of the worst affected towns by Ebola, called Lunsar. I met three families who had all been affected by Ebola, quarantined, lost their care giver and provider and are now grieving and rebuilding their lives; in many cases in a new part of town due to stigma.
Sierra Leone, Day 2.
We visited Bumbuna, a beautiful rural village at the end of an hour of bumpy mud track and through a very deep river in the Land Cruiser. It is amazing to travel into the middle of nowhere to discover a street child school serving the community.
From a 3.30am start on Wednesday morning from a sofa in Richmond to a 10pm arrival (11pm UK time) in the heart of the Northern Province of Sierra Leone where there is much horn beeping, shouting, loud music, night time crickets, joyful noises, power cuts, goats and chickens and thunder and lighting in an air thick and heavy with moisture and heat.Read More
Well, I'm closing down operations in India tonight in readiness for the trip back home tomorrow. Everything is packed for a 7.00am start. Man packing, you understand. No need to separate clean and dirty clothes in the suitcase etc.Read More
In New Testament Greek 'coming' and 'going' are the same word - erkomae. Which was very apt, for when I was studying Greek that's a bit like how I felt. I didn't know if I was......you get the picture. And today has been a bit like that.Read More
Another day of travelling and for reasons of logistics, a word that seems to have been hijacked by haulage companies to make them sound posh, the other five members in my party were flying on a different airline, albeit only 10 mins before me, from Mumbai to Delhi.Read More
There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics, or so the saying attributed to Benjamin Disraeli goes. It is easy to quote bald facts and figures and then move on unaffected by them but I heard a statistic today that I couldn't do that with because I was sitting next to a young woman, who remains anonymous for obvious reasons, as she told it to me.Read More
Remarkable. There's actually something more affluent about Mumbai. Kolkata seems a more egalitarian city. There are fewer signs of wealth. Poverty everywhere. Most of the taxis are 1960's Austin Ambassadors held together with gaffer tape and ferrous oxide. Here they are little Hyundais. Some parts of Mumbai actually look presentable.Read More
As today is a travelling day, with some reorientation to Mumbai, and a meeting to discuss the next few days, there's not much to report - except for the fact that 'fog' delayed the flight from Kolkata to Mumbai for 2 hours meaning that I needn't have got up at 5.00am.Read More
It's just gone 7.00pm here and it's been a very full day which seems strange as back home, on sporting Saturday, England haven't yet beaten Italy at rugger, in the footie Ipswich have yet to kick off against Fulham and in the cricket (which doesn't have a silly nick name) England are getting ready to beat Australia. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad.Read More
Quite a day so far. Arrived in Kolkata at 5.30am local time (12 midnight UK). The Lord sent me an angel at Heathrow, the Jet Airlines booking clerk who managed to find me the best extra legroom seat on both legs (no pun intended!) of the journey. It was like business class without the business. Guess that's just class.Read More
Setting the captives free
We have had a fantastic summer at St Thomas. Here are some of the highlights!Read More