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A knife in the dark

by dominic on March 25, 2016

I awoke instantly, the cold steel of the naked blade pressing in to my neck.

Food, glorious food

by dominic on March 12, 2016

Taste and see that the Lord is good

The Sounds of Silence

by dominic on March 10, 2016

There is something absolutely wonderful about the sight of freshly fallen snow. Not only is it the sparkling brilliance of the crisp white snow in the sunshine, it is the fact that all manner of things are covered up. What was there before, whether ugly, dirty or broken takes on the aspect and beauty of […]

David and Amasa

by dominic on March 2, 2016

How do you know whether a Bible story is a good idea? So often, particularly in the Old Testament, the narrative is given without comment or moral judgement, and it is left for us to draw the right things from it. David and Amasa in 2 Samuel 19 is a good one to explore. King […]

A Parisian Café

by dominic on February 28, 2016

it was like walking in to any Parisian café, with the carefully colour-matched furniture ensuring that the corporate logo stood out clearly. The waitresses were similarly attired in the corporate colours, bidding us welcome and asking where we would like to be seated. We chose the upstairs balcony: no air conditioning but with views over […]

I had a dream

by dominic on February 27, 2016

Sometimes you read something, and you end up thinking “I wish I had written that.” So, with permission, here’s something to read written by a friend. Her blog is here. I think you’ll find it thought provoking.

as we forgive those . . .

by dominic on February 26, 2016

Such simple words, said so often by so many people around the world in the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. Words so familiar that they trip off the tongue without conscious thought. I’ve been forced to think recently about how real these words really are to me. What’s the worst I’ve had to […]

The language of heaven

by dominic on February 23, 2016

For the last four Sunday’s I’ve been worshipping at Oasis Christian Center (you can’t imagine how much self control I’ve needed not to alter the spelling!) which is bi-lingual English and Kirundi. Whilst there had been a fantastic translator (Alex is amazing) who translates sermons and notices and readings, the sung worship is more challenging. […]

A samosa at last

by dominic on February 20, 2016

Catherine and I have a history on Samosas going back to our time together in Rwanda in 1998, so it was great to be able to share some today, with a number of other Christian leaders. Yet the samosas were completely outshone by one guy, Onesphore. I’d first met him when he invited Stephen and I […]

The Royal Palace Hotel

by dominic on February 19, 2016

It’s great when you’re visiting somewhere as people are keen to show you all that is going on. They also value your opinion as an outsider, who might be able to see or hear things that they’ve missed. And, if you’ve got things to say (when I have been short of an opinion?) they listen […]

Free tickets to Rio anyone?

by dominic on February 17, 2016

What would you give to be able to go and see the Olympics? Not in London mind (been there, done that, got the T-shirt) but this summer in Rio? Imagine how exciting it would be, not just the Olympic  events, but the famous Maracanã stadium, Copacabana beach and the inevitable carnival that will be Brazil’s capital. […]

The one eyed man

by dominic on February 15, 2016

Today was slightly surreal in many ways, but perhaps the most surprising aspect was that I got a promotion. No longer content with me becoming an A level science teacher, I was newly installed in the post of teacher trainer. So I duly wandered in (following the protesting sheep tied to a bike rack – […]

From Bad to Worse?

by dominic on February 13, 2016

Innocent is one of the guys we’ve spent some time with this week. It’s been great to get to know him. At three years old he was living on the streets of Bujumbura as countless do. He doesn’t know why, as all he knew was his first name and nothing else. We know the stories […]

A Duck House in Africa?

by dominic on February 12, 2016

I was in a café quietly drinking a coffee when a voice caught my attention. You know what it’s like – there’s something insistent at the way they’re speaking that means you want to try and catch what they’re saying over the general hubbub. So I listened to the man speaking to his friends. It […]

For such a time as this?

by dominic on February 10, 2016

It’s been another interesting start to the week. As always there was a fantastic welcome at Bravo. The Bible reading was from Esther 4. It’s such an easy chapter if you live in England because you’ll never have to face the same level of threat (at least we hope we won’t). We had a really […]

Work in the mission field is often hard and dangerous

by dominic on February 5, 2016

Today has been another hard day. I’ll let the photos tell the story. Last week when they were here, the hippos had come along to join in with the family swim – only slightly dangerous given that they cause more deaths per year than any other African animal! But I was assured there was a […]

One of life’s mysteries

by dominic on February 4, 2016

Today one of life’s mysteries has been solved in Bujumbura, and I can promise you it has nothing to do with physics (Hallelujah!). More of that in a bit. The day started at Bravo Ministries, a fantastic project that helps destitute women who have been or might otherwise be making their living on the streets. […]

An old video of CRIB

by dominic on February 3, 2016

Another great day in Bujumbura, which started with the God particle, the Hadron Collider and black holes. I think Brownian motion and the uncertainty principle came in there somewhere but I’m not sure and anyway I’ve been told not to dwell on Brown motion! The afternoon was thinking and talking through how churches can best reach […]

A day of learning

by dominic on February 2, 2016

Mwiriwe! Nitwa Dominic, witwa Nda? Ndubatse, mfise abana kane. Today has all been about learning. There’s been a bit of a staffing  crisis at the local British school so I cheerfully volunteered to go and help out. A little bit of RE perhaps? Some French conversation? Some simple maths in the lower school? Alas no. First […]

A cake makes all the difference

by dominic on January 31, 2016

It’s been a really lovely weekend meeting some of the Christian workers living and working in Buj. One guy I hadn’t seen in over twenty years, another has as godmother to her children some good friends from college days so it was great catching up on mutual friends. Yet many of the people I didn’t […]