Day Eleven – The name’s Lowry. Chief Facilitator Lowry.

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.

Today was mainly spent preparing for the meeting at 5:30. Me and Mohau were planning what we would say, as well as trying to finish off proposals to send to various departments in the South African Government.

For lunch we went for a meal out at a snack place called Food4U, run by a guy from our church. We got talking to him, and it was frankly just scary; his son died 3 years ago from cancer, he himself now has cancer, and his marriage is also on the rocks, plus he is having to work a 14 hour day, 7 days a week at his restaurant. We prayed for him there, but it would be good if you could lift him up too. I think his name is Reynard (Unsurprisingly, my rubbish-at-names skill is even worse in a country where everyone either has Dutch or Sotho names).

The meeting was good. The details of my new role as Facilitator are as follows:

Job Duties:

  • To contact, and hold accountable CEO Mohau once a week.
  • To register Tshwaranang as a charity in the United Kingdom
  • To run the global Tshwaranang website.
  • Fund raising, both in planning events within South Africa, and running events in the UK.

Job Restrictions:

  • Post is unpaid.
  • Although advisory, post is not authoritative: CEO Mohau, answerable to the Board, has final say in all decisions.
  • a) Post is temporary; unless renewed, position expires 3 months after date of commencement.
  • b) Post is temporary; if a new/old worker at Tshwaranang wishes to take over the role, subject to the Board’s agreement, the facilitative aspect of the contract is terminated.

So, now for today’s verse…

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word”
Proverbs 15:23

I think everyone at the meeting felt that my contribution, and my volunteering was very timely. God’s in control, even if I’m scared as to how I will actually achieve these things back in the UK.

Love you,

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