Musings

The Reality of Missionary Burnout

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) I’ve always loved the way the Message paraphrase of the Bible puts those well-known verses – come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I

By |April 22nd, 2024|Categories: Life in Liberia, Musings|2 Comments

Blessed Beyond Measure

This time of year is certainly an opportunity to count our blessings. Time with family, that festive feeling and, above all, the reminder of a baby born and laid in a manger, changing absolutely everything. I had a very recent and tangible counting of our blessings however, when I received an annual giving report from MAF. In a very long spreadsheet document, I could see the names of everyone who has donated to keep us here in Liberia, serving with MAF. Every year it’s an incredibly humbling moment, seeing those figures rolling in front of my eyes, seeing the

By |December 14th, 2023|Categories: Musings|0 Comments

The Heartbreak of Homecoming

In less than a week we return to the red soils and warm winds of Uganda after this, our first return to the UK. We say farewell to chilly Spring mornings and beautiful blossom and the ceaseless shout of the ocean. It will be two years before we experience those bountiful blessings again.

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: Musings|0 Comments

Hello, 2018

A new year is about to begin, and with it comes the usual contemplation of what the next twelve months may hold. For Dave, the path ahead is clearer. He will put his incredible engineering skills to work on the fleet of MAF planes here in Uganda. There will, of course, be much for him to learn about MAF’s operations, not to mention this country which is simultaneously beautiful and alien, welcoming and perplexing. But his role is clear.

By |December 31st, 2017|Categories: Musings|2 Comments

Sunshine After Rain – A Shipping Tale

Tuesday dawned and we greeted it in a haze of drowsiness. The last few days were packed full of organising, filling boxes, and generally working out what we wanted to come with us to Uganda. The next day two strong men would turn up with a truck to load all our wordly goods, to later put them on a shipping container to send by sea to Mombasa, and then on to Kampala by train and road.

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: Musings|0 Comments

Transitional Time

“There is no place like home.” Seems a bit funny to be quoting the Wizard of Oz having just flown back to the UK from Kansas! Having been back in the UK for a couple of days now, I can definitely say there is truth in that statement. It was amazing getting back to the UK and seeing Becky, driving on the correct side of the road and being able to walk to your destination all the way on a pavement! If you have never been to the US, I can tell you that you need a car. It’s nearly

By |October 30th, 2017|Categories: Musings|1 Comment

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