south of somewhere

Hi, our names are Sarah and Nathan Cooper. We are based in Sheffield in England, but are preparing to move to South Africa in September '06 to join a church planting team in the Western Cape. We hope that this blog will keep you up to date with our progress as we embark on this new adventure. Watch this space...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Sabelo and Quinton

These are pictures taken during our first ever computer training session, with two of the lads from our youth group, Quinton (in the red T-shirt) and Sabelo (in the cap). We hope to be joined by another of our youth, Jessica, once she has finished school exams in the next couple of weeks. We had to start with the basics - how to turn the computer on - but by the end of the session the boys were managing some (slow!) typing using both hands. We hope that this will equip them to go onto further education or to be able to apply for jobs that need basic computer skills, rather than the farm work which is so poorly paid and seasonal.

You can also see in the pictures Sabelo's current house and then the new house that the council have nearly finished building. There's a very long waiting list for these houses, but they are built in 2-3 days. The new house will have a sink and a toilet, and the family can hang curtains if they want any internal walls. Sabelo will continue to sleep in the old house, allowing his parents to move out into the new house. Please pray for him that he would be able to complete school and grow as a young leader in the church.

We are really enjoying our new house as well, despite the lack of furniture! But it has its advantages for a quick game of indoor cricket in the lounge. Perhaps we don't need a sofa after all...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi sarah and nathan...Finally found the blog... they will drag me kicking and screeming into the 21st century...eventually... It is good to see all that God is doing for and with you guys, I pray that He will really bless all that you do...
Who needs furniture,anyway, they tell me less is more... and that the minimilist look is all the fashion. Certainly less dusting to do! I praise God for the home and finances you have been able to find.
I hope the beast lives up to the challenge of the roads or lack of...No need to worry about the 4 x 4 debate with roads like those, wet or dry!
Don't be fooled... the UK is not all that in the cold wet autumn months... but I would like to know where the three day week and free beer can be found.
I am glad that your friends are keeping in touch... not like me... a new aquaintence who you don't know but really admires what you are doing... I pray that the close friends and family you have in the UK are extended and added to with new surrogate family and friends there..

God Bless you both

4:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah and Nathan... Beautiful portraits posted on the blog. We will continue to pray for your youth ministry and that God will continue to guide and provide for it!!!!

Rachel and Manny

1:49 pm  
Blogger Sally Breen said...

Great to see all that you are doing . brilliant news about the house and will now pray for furniture for you. love the photos too keep them coming . from sally breen

3:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys,
Good to see you are honing your cricket skills. May need you to fly over to Austrailia for ths ashes!!! Thanks for the card - brilliant! Spent 7 hours on the M1 the other day - reminded me of a certain trip down south! Anyway great to hear you are well and touching lives out there. Continue the good work.
Love & blessings,
Ian and Wen xxx
ps. one of the cheeky big five came to small group the other day - any idea who???

10:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah and Nathan,
I am sitting in an internet cafe with a good cup of capachino away from my busy office at the hospital.
I have finally had a good look at your blog and it makes what I do seem like a walk in the park. You must get some great feed back from the people there!! Some beautiful pictures but I also get the feeling that life is tough for the majority of people in that part of Cape Town. You must get the feeling that you make a real difference to the people there not only because you look so friendly but also it must be obvious to anyone who do not know you that you are blessed by God. May he always look after you and keep you safe.
I think of you and the people you work with.
all my love ( I am afraid I am a lousy writer, but I can always make the excuse that English is my second language!!!!)Marianne

12:46 pm  

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