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...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Less than 6 weeks to go now! If this is the first time you've visited our blog then you might like to bookmark it cos we intend it to be our primary message board for our Home Team. You can leave us a comment on the site if you want to get in touch or drop us an email at

Things are gettting pretty busy in the Cooper house! We are sprucing things up for our new tenants, who move in in 3 weeks time, sending our DVDs across the UK, and generally preparing to move to the other side of the world! Sponsorship is starting to come in. We think our monthly budget will be about £1,200, and already we've got more than £250 pledged each month. A big thank you to everyone who has been so generous in their support for us.

For those who have commited to praying for us, we have some requests!

We need to get our police checks done in order to apply for visas. We are currently waiting for these to come back to us, but have been told it could take a few more weeks. We've had some close shaves with visa applicatios in the past - so please pray that the police checks will come back in time.

Please pray for Elaine Briers, one of the Pastors of the People's Church who we'll be working with. She is suffering with a vitamin B12 deficiency which is making her feel very tired and ill. She is still awaiting some further test results. Please pray for her health, and finiancial provision as not all of these are covered by Health Insurance.

Please pray also for our health as we get very busy, and for times to rest.

There's a lot to get done in terms of finishing things off in the house, packing up, organising things for shipping, tying loose ends up at work etc... - please pray that all of these things go smoothly.

One last thing... We are looking to sell our car. So if you know of anyone looking for a car let us know or give them our details. It's a T-reg silver Vauxhall Astra, 1.8 16v 5-door, A/C, alloy wheels, in good condition with 11 months MOT and 5 months tax. £1,750 or nearest offer. Give us a ring on 07957 47 6016 if you are interested.

in closing, a word of wisdom, "One can not be angry when one looks at a penguin." Have great weeks!