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, August 03, 2007

Another week in the Life of Next Level...

We were very pleased to have Jenny (a friend from Sheffield) arrive on Wednesday. She will be spending the month with us here, which we have been so looking forward to!

This last week we have been trying to support a girl in our youth, Suzanne, who was worried she had TB. We were able to pray with her and encourage her, and the good news is that yesterday she was given her results - all clear! We are going to try and find Suzanne some cleaning work with people in the town, so please pray that she will be able to build up her working hours.

On Monday we accompanied a different girl in our youth to court. She is a witness in a case against a man who assaulted her a few months ago. She was very concerned about having to see him again in court but did very well, and as it was, is not required to give evidence until later in the month.

You might remember that a few months ago we had one of the lads, Fidel, doing some work for us in the house and that reluctantly we took the decision to sack him for being late every morning (by 2 and a half hours on the last day!). Well, we gave Fidel a second chance this week and invited him back to do some further work, and he has been half an hour early every day! So we are really pleased that he seems to have learnt from his earlier experience, and hopefully this will help him to hold down any future jobs he may get.

We have also been busy trying to train two ladies in the church to start planning Sunday School. It’s slow progress but they are getting there!

Things we love about this place: Ordering drinks in cafes. When Nathan tried to order a Black Americano the other day the waitress left him alone for quite a while before returning to ask what time he was expected. It turned out the waitress thought Nathan had said he was waiting for a Black American. Brilliant.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know your mother isn't very bright so you won't mind her asking what a 'Black Americano' is !
Keep up the good work !
Mum (Cooper)xx

7:47 pm  

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