Back to Tanzania, via the UK

July 30, 2014 in Life, Mark, Front

After many months of waiting, at the end of June I finally became an American citizen! It still hasn’t quite sunk in that I’m American, and I have a lot of work to do on my accent, but we are happy that we will be able to come and go freely from the US for the rest of our lives without worrying about visas and residence permits.

Soon after my oath ceremony Laura made her way to Tanzania, via Switzerland and Qatar (since she missed a connection after being delayed by a thunderstorm on the east coast of the US), where she has been settling in for the last month. She has been working in the head office of our Uganda-Tanzania Branch, seeking to support our colleagues as they live and work cross-culturally, and also providing training in child safety policies for staff throughout the two countries. Read the rest of this entry →

England

January 10, 2012 in Life, Front, Laura

The last week has been a whirlwind visit to Mark’s family and our supporters in our other home country, England. New Year’s day we flew into London Heathrow airport very early in the morning and were met by Mark’s happy, sleepy parents. It had been a year and a bit since I’d seen them and about 7 months for Mark, so it was a very happy reunion!

The next few days were sleepy ones with few events planned except a dentist check up. On Wednesday evening we were able to attend a prayer group for Mark’s home village Semington where we shared a bit about what we’ll be doing in a few days time. It was a very encouraging time as we caught up with supporters, including our friend Sarah who has been working in the United Arab Emirates and has very interesting stories about life in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry →

Trip to England in May

June 10, 2011 in Life

In May I was grateful for the opportunity to fly to England for three weeks in order to take the final module of my MA in Bible and Mission at Redcliffe College. The three weeks were a busy time of studying and also visiting friends, family, colleagues and the three churches we have links with in the UK.

The module itself was very enjoyable as it was particularly focused on the role of the Bible in mission, both in post-modern UK culture and amongst various language communities around the world. There was a particular focus on Bible translation into minority languages, with the goal of communities engaging with and being transformed by the Bible, available in a language and form that is appropriate for their lives. I have written a couple of posts about topics we discussed previously.

I especially enjoyed catching up with friends and family during the trip, and it was a shame that there wasn’t more time to do this. But after three weeks I was definitely ready to fly home to Laura in Oregon (and the task of writing my two remaining essays and planning my dissertation…!)

Students at Redcliffe

Benj is appropriately enthusiastic to read the Wycliffe magazine...

Eddie (my boss) teaching a session

Eddie (my boss) teaching a session

Tim, who coordinates the MA programme

Tim, who coordinates the MA programme

My Gran and Grandad, in Burnham on Sea

My Gran and Grandad, in Burnham on Sea

My other Gran...

My other Gran...

...and Grampy, in Chippenham

...and Grampy, in Chippenham

And Auntie Barbara

And Auntie Barbara

My sister Lizzi, in my parents' back garden

My sister Lizzi, in my parents' back garden

Dad planting...

Dad planting...

Lizzi, playing tennis

Lizzi, playing tennis

Brother Phil with his trademark "can't be bothered to move my feet" forehand

Brother Phil with his trademark "can't be bothered to move my feet" forehand

A Weekend of Sport

March 22, 2008 in Mark, Sport

We’re at my parents’ this weekend for Easter which is fun, especially as my brother and sister are visiting too. An added (unplanned) bonus is that it’s a bumper weekend of sport on TV…!

Cricket every night (although England started pretty badly last night), the mighty Spurs against Portsmouth this lunchtime, the top four playing each other tomorrow (Man Utd v Liverpool and Chelsea v Arsenal) and then if we’re not all sported out, the Malaysian Grand Prix in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

I’m trying to educate Laura about the joys of various sports, and to get her to understand how important it is… but it’s not always easy. She occasionally watches rugby, but every time we start watching a football match she gets distracted and does something like crochet. I don’t think she’s even attempted cricket yet… I’ll keep working on her!