South Africa Pilgrimage: Durban and a bus

South Africa Pilgrimage: Durban and a bus

Everything is the same but different

I am sitting on a coach. Actually its more like a metro bus with five seats across rather than the regular 4 and not a lot of leg room.

I have been on the bus since 6:45 this morning and will be on it till 8:45 tomorrow morning.

Already it has been great to be here. I find it hard to imagine a place that you only see on tv. Somehow being here makes everything more real and focusses the questions that need to be answered.

The end of the festival

The end of the festival

The main reason I am here is to explore what happens next for Fusion in South Africa and to chat with those who have brought us this far.

The two questions that are brought sharply into focus at the moment are
1) How do we find local leadership?
2) How do we find a way to finance the work of Fusion in Africa in an ongoing way?

It has been special to meet our local team members. It is clear they want to make a difference.

I am looking forward to arriving in Capetown tomorrow. We will be travelling to Robben Island which I am expecting to be quite confronting.

I have only been here for two days so far but as I look out the window at kilometre after kilometre of little mud brick shacks I am struck by two things.

Firstly how different this is. So many with so little. Australia looks so wealthy.

Secondly how similar it is. Kids going to school. Mums chatting in the streets and teenagers poring over mobile phones.

It is a different world but its also very much the same.

I'd love to hear what you think...

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