Sunday, June 27, 2004

6 Months

Today is a special day for Irfana and I as we are celebrating 6 months of being married. I thought that it would be good to see a letter I wrote in Jan 2004 as I tried to put into words the amazing experience of a Pakistani wedding.
"What God has brought together let no one put asunder"
Dear friends, my last 5 weeks in Pakistan now feels like a dream, but of course I don't have to pinch myself too hard to know it actually happened!
Lahore winter Smog, fog, horses, carts, motorised rickshaws, Six people on a bike, Urdu, Muslim calls to prayer, Anglicanism, Shelwar Kameeze, Chapati, Sweat tea, family gatherings and Bollywood. These were just some of things that greeted me as I skurried around the bazaars and back streets with Irfana and her family preparing for a Pakistani wedding. Family and friends arrived a few days before our big day and took part in family gatherings each night to rehearse songs and dances for the Mehndi. Both families mixed very well and Irfana's family made me feel like a long lost son. The Mehndi is a ceremony a wash with yellow marigolds, fireworks, drums(dul) and lots of dancing. The girls all have henna (Mehndi) painted in intricate patterns on their hands and sing songs teasing the groom... oh me! After a day of rest on Friday the actual wedding ceremony took place Saturday. It certainly was a day to remember. I started by riding to the church on a white horse and had to take part in numerous ceremonies throughout the day where I part with money to Irfana's female family members. Both Irfana and I were clad in traditional Pakistani dress from the Moghul days and the pictures give the whole experience a real royal flavour.
We are now back in Britain and both adapting again to life here. We are still waiting to move into our flat, which is being renovated and so still living out of our suitcases. At work Irfana is planning to start a youth group for teenagers in the church, which we hope to start next month, while I will be on a week away in early February to see how CMS will be restructurimg itself for the future.
Well we are now in our flat and enjoying having a lovely garden where flowers grow... amazing! The youth group at church is called the Mix and is going very well and I will find out next Friday 2nd July if I will continue in a new role as Mission advisor to youth and children in the new look CMS or not. For more of those wedding pictures check out Mehndi and Wedding

Friday, June 25, 2004

Anna Rose Shaista, our new niece from Canada,
Born on June 23, 2004 at 10:26 p.m.
She weighs 8lb 9oz, and is 20.75 inches long
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Yet again England can't get knocked out quietly but have to go into extra time, have a disallowed goal in the 90th minute and lose on a penalty shoot out. I wish I didn't care......... Posted by Hello

Monday, June 14, 2004

Bicycle Clips

Have got together with a few Mime school friends to put on a play. Check out Bicycle clips for more information.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Isle of Wight


Images from our recent weekend to the Isle of Wight. From a wedding present dinner with my CMS colleague and our official matchmaker Gill Poole and her friend Hi, a student from Vietnam, to sitting on a swing again, but this time high up over Alum bay, to a beautiful Sea maiden and very exotic shell on an English beach and finally our idyllic cottage in Freshwater on the West of the Island.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

And one more to prove it had the official stamp Posted by Hello

And another Posted by Hello

Here are a few images from the bank holiday weekend's Yes Youth festival at Plumpton race course in Sussex, where I was invited to give the morning talks on "Christian Mission in God's Big Top," In a week of voting in the UK it was good to see around 450 young people turning out to say YES to God. Posted by Hello