I knew when I landed in Durban on Saturday morning, that I would be off and running straight away. I had two speaking appointments on Sunday at different meetings and there were still a few finishing touches to be made to each. The first week back was going to be a baptism of fire with lots of catching up to do on various projects (including sleep), and then a Bible Education Centre Graduation Day the following Saturday, three more speaking appointments on the Sunday and then a road trip down to Port Elizabeth via, Candu and East London before arriving in Port Elizabeth on Thursday evening for a long weekend of talks and meetings.
I stepped of my last flight in Durban 15 minutes ahead of schedule and stood in the warm sun waiting for Barry to pick me up. Barry arrived on time as scheduled, but the five minutes standing in the warm sun was pure bliss !!! Arrrr … the warmth of the sun on my back made this long 24 hour flight worth every minute of it. A gentle balmy breeze blew across the promenade as the tree palms danced in the breeze. It was good to be home.
There was to be no rest for the wicked on this day. We tossed my luggage into the car and Barry advised me that we were going straight to Inanda township to meet with Lithle and Rose for a bible study and chat. I was tired, but not sleep tired and looked forward to seeing this amazing brother and sister again. I may not have been my normal chirpy self, perhaps the early morning start and the warm sun had something to do with it, but the greeting and the time spent with these people is always inspirational … tired or not !!!
We chatted and laughed like lost cousins for nearly two hours before it was time to leave. A two minute stop to off load my luggage at Barry & Wendiths and the three of us were off to the beach and the Circus Circus Restaurant where we were able to get a table in the sand on the beach foreshore. The sun and the beautiful warm breeze made Melbourne’s cold weather seem like a lifetime away. Sitting on the beach in 25 degree weather in June with good company and good food was simply amazing. As our drinks and meals came and went we all fought for airtime as we each talked and talked and filled each other in with our lives over these six weeks. Time raced by and all too soon we made our way back to Barry & Wendiths home where I would be staying for the next week.
I quickly set about unpacking some essentials and then getting down to sorting out my talks and presentations for Sunday. I had bought a new computer lap top while I was back in Melbourne and the new “Windows 8” format was totally foreign to me. Even the projector plugs were different and I was in a mild state of panic wondering whether my Sunday evening presentation that was all in my lap top “powerpoint” would even work !!! Thoughts of holding up a lap top to the audience ran through my panicked mind as I sought the help of Barry’s son-in-law Graham, a computer genius, to calm my worried mind.
A restless, but comfortable broken eight hour sleep came to an abrupt end at 7.30am as I sprang to life again ready for a big day. Clermont Good News Centre (Ecclesia) was my first stop and my carefully laid plans went out the window as the Zulu songs and bible readings led to a change of thought …… and so I spoke about the importance of living the words we sing and not just singing for the sake of singing based on the bible daily reading from 1 Peter 1-2.
Clermont was followed by a mad rush to the Westville Ecclesia to catch up with lots of friends and also act as a virtual “Santa” in distributing many of the gifts that Crissie had filled one of my suitcases with for all of her friends there. Then it was off to lunch at Sis Jackie’s new home with Barry, Wendith, Graham and Daniel & family before another rush back to Pinetown Meeting for the Public Address I was giving. The new lap top, the PowerPoint and the videos in the powerpoint all went off like clockwork and the listeners all seemed very happy and even interested in what I had to say.
A final drive out to Kwadabeka to drop Funo (a Zulu Brother) home and have a chat with him was the perfect ending of a busy, but fantastic day. I turned my head and car for home in the moon lit night in the knowledge that tomorrow, Monday, there was no need for an early start …. no talks, no greet and meets …. just a lazy warm sunny day to ease back into this South African lifestyle and wonder what lays ahead for me over the next six months …… or more !!!!