How we got here

(Posted  by Laurence)

Time has been a changeable thing over the past couple of years. Our move overseas has been a long time coming, but at the same time the last six months living in London have flown by.

Two years ago I was working on a project in Kenya with the Royal Engineers, and through telephone conversations and letters we both realised that we wanted to leave our comfortable but often constrained life with the Army and pursue… something else.

We knew we wanted to work in the humanitarian or international development field, we knew that this was motivated by our faith, but we didn’t know exactly how or where. Jane has always had an affection for East Africa, so it was a happy coincidence that that is where we have ended up finding an organisation that we feel we will fit with.  More on eMi later.

Most of you will know Jane isn’t an engineer (although I’m working on her appreciation of bridge design!), so what’s she going to be doing? Jane is a helper, a carer, a teacher, a mentor, a leader, a planner… she’s very much a people person, and excels at nurturing young adults. So Uganda is her oyster: demographically, it is the youngest country in the world, with around 70% of the population aged under 24.

I’ll leave it there, because I don’t want to talk about something that Jane knows far more about than me, and because it’ll be much better for you to wait and see what Jane finds when we get to Uganda…

Knoop path to eMi


3 thoughts on “How we got here

  1. 👍🏻 A brilliant read, thanks Laurence. I’d heard via the Mums that you two were heading off & wish you the best of luck. And as a marketer I give you 10/10 for the inclusion of an infographic!

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  2. Dear Jane and Laurence,

    Only a week to go now until you leave on your adventure! We would like to wish you a safe journey, successful accommodation hunting, and hope that you will settle in well to your new surroundings. Jane, we have absolutely no doubt that you will find a suitable and fullfilling role! We are excited about, and proud of what you are doing, and look forward to hearing about your experiences and work (love the blog and the first newsletter). We will be thinking of you and wishing you all success and happiness in your home for the next few years.

    Lots of love,

    Clare & Patrick
    PS. will hope give you a brief call next weekend!


  3. I was driving home from work this evening about the time I guessed you must be landing to heat, new scents and unaccustomed sounds. Thinking of you as you meet your new home and hope you rest well under the veil of your mosquito net before waking to a new day, a new country, a new adventure, a new call.
    With love to you both, Nicola.


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