(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…