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March 10, 2019

Starting again!

When we arrived in Plymouth one of the first things we were advised to do was sign on as unemployed. Much to our dismay the Unemployment Office counted the money we had spent on airfares as “earnings” despite the fact we had obviously spent it. We were also made to spend the £750 we had brought with us before they would consider our application. It didn’t take long before that money was gone and if I recall correctly it was calculated how long it was supposed to last and it was weeks and weeks before we could claim. Despite the two of us not having a job, there was a determination to honour our tithe so this we diligently paid on our unemployment earnings. I believe God blessed our commitment and Amanda soon landed a job with Debenhams. We found that we could live within our means and we managed to avoid financial trouble. We even managed to purchase an Austin 1100 to run around in, and get to Church on Sunday. It was 18 months before I landed my first job. We have strug...

February 5, 2019

After the advent of Zimbabwe independence, we decied that there was no future in Zimbabwe and we had to move. We couldn’t go to Australia as we could not meet their stringent points system. We had no intention of travelling to South Africa (if I may borow from the Good Book – the writing was on the wall!) So England it was. We were fortunate to be able to enter the UK as Amanda’s parents were Londoners and she had a British Passport. I was even luckier being married to her!

Our plan for moving to the UK was to go to Amanda’s Aunts house in Enfield and stay until we could arrange a bus trip to Plymouth. Before we moved to the UK, we were in touch with Pastor Joel Lewis who had married Amanda and I in Bulawayo. (see baptism photo) We had decided that we needed someone we knew when we arrived and the arrangement was that when we arrived in Plymouth we would go to a house that had been kindly lent to us by Church members our Pastor knew. We would house-sit in exchange for rent but decided t...

January 7, 2019

Talks are afoot about ending the Bush War but we cannot sit back and I find myself on yet another army call up and on yet another weeks patrol. This time the bush, although not thick is still well forested but flat as a pancake. We get dropped off and have to move to a safe location, preferably some sort of rock outcrop before dark. There are 8 of us, 6 being African soldiers. Dave has to use the compass to negotiate our way through the bush. He is behind me eyes down and concentrating on the map. I take point. He seems to have found a good place to head for. After an uneventful afternoon and some excellent compass work we arrive at a small outcrop just in time for supper and to bed down for the night in a reassuringly  commanding position.

I cannot sleep – hours pass I have no idea what the time is and despite getting a good days exercise I cannot settle down. I am sort of dozing when I hear voices. Surely not – I listen carefully just in case a combination of bush sounds is playing tr...

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