Sad to leave SA


Tomorrow I leave South Africa. As I write I  sit in a friend’s living room looking out over the the Atlantic ocean as the sun sets. Spring in the Cape has been late this year and I’m wearing three sweaters.

But the flowers – the proteas of all ilks, pelargonium, daisies, and hundreds of others popping up in the sandy soil  and clinging to rocks don’t know that.  The beauty cannot be described.

I’ve either been so busy or have not had wi-fi available hence no additions to the blog.  In the days ahead I  will be writing more of my impressions, but here are a few of  overall observations:

Soweto has paved roads, lots of new looking cars  and many houses painted and surrounded by   tended gardens.

I met whites and blacks involved in volunteering—crafts and sewing projects, community development, primary health clinics, university students helping register foreign residents. There’s a new vitality, especially in Johannesburg.

Mixed couples! I never thought I’d see the day.  Black and white children attending school together. Africans anchoring the evening news in English. An African pilot and flight attendants.

Attitudes?  That depends on where you are and who you are talking with. I feel there has been a giant leap forward in trying to live together as one nation. Perhaps the Bafanbafana team and the world cup has something to do with that.

An Afrikaans woman told me enthusiastically, “we are a nation in progress.”



My husband and I spent 22 years working with African young people in South Africa under Apartheid, which deepened my passion for the disenfranchised. During regular returns to the US I earned my MA in Communications at Wheaton Graduate School. Later I became head of publications for Partners International and edited a quarterly magazine. In the 90's I directed the AD2000 Women's Track networking with thousands of international women leaders in Christian ministry. I have written/published twelve books on missions, biography, fiction, most recently two biographical novels about Dr. Katharine Bushnell, nineteenth century crusader against what is known today as trafficking. Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen's Daughters are available in Kindle as well as print on Amazon. I was married to Allen, now deceased, my lifelong sweetheart. We had four sons,( one deceased,) one daughter, and 18 grandchildren. How can I help but praise God for the full life He's given me, and the opportunities even in my senior years, to live purposefully.

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