The following post is from a series of emails I wrote to my girlfriend at the time, whilst on a trip to Africa. She is now my wife, so I did something right.
So, to fill you in on how things are here; the church I am visiting split. Its always difficult to point a finger, I just know I will miss the Pastor Matthew; who I deeply respect. Its caused a lot of pain and bitterness, but a new church has been formed from many of the friends I made previously. Its pretty small.
The way its really impacting me is that Edwin, the brother-in-law of the pastor, and CEO of Tshwaranang has left Harrismith. Various reasons, but I think the loss of his spiritual church home was a big one.
He has moved to Pretoria, and I believe he is doing well there. However, the charity is floundering without his leadership. Some of its initiative has gone, some work has been taken on by another charity, and my friend Mohau, who is running it, feels he is not the go getting type of person needed to run things; he is a worker, not a leader.
If only there was someone around with the ability to get things done, to organise, to have the ideas….
So yeh, I’m trying to help, I’m trying to throw in some cool ideas, not tread on any toes, and I may end up working for these guys back in England.
Sorry this is so short. I will see you soon!
PS. John 8:36 (It’s inspired the name of the new church out here…)