Hi all, this Website is intended as a place for you to find out more about me and vice- versa. My hope is that as you click your way through the pages you would learn more about who I am and what I think and feel about life. I hope to share information and stories with you that would make you pause and ponder, have a chuckle, take a deep breath or maybe even shed a tear or two..that’s okay!
I also want to use the opportunity to share the writing of my first book ‘An Arrested Heart’ plus others I have in “dream stage” at this time. Hopefully you will order and read of things close to my heart and the book/s would encourage and inspire you. I am also hoping my blogging would do the same.
At least I would hope that I would invoke a thought process that would cause you to consider and value your life, be thankful for what you have experienced (good and bad) and have hope for what still awaits you. I will seek to be honest and open about my life, sharing of my successes and failures, being as real as I possibly can. Hopefully in doing this I will be able to share with you why the following quote by Theodore Roosevelt is one I strive to live by.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms,the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”
I grew up as part of a white middle-class family in the small but beautiful Southern African country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
I became a successful all round sportsman, representing my country playing rugby at school, U/20 and senior levels. From 1975 to 1981 I served in the Rhodesian Air Force as a bush fighter pilot whilst my country bloodily transformed into Zimbabwe, all the while fighting my own Chimurenga within. I mainly flew the Cessna 337 Skymaster a civilian aircraft converted into armed fighters by inventive Rhodesian technicians and armourers.
When leaving the Air Force of the country of my birth that had become known as Zimbabwe, I moved to neighbouring South Africa. A few years later I divorced my wife and within months had a radical encounter with God. This was to have a deep and lasting impact on my marriage and career, revealing a life totally transformed and committed to God.
My wife (Sue) and I have served in missions since 1988, mainly in leadership positions and in June 2001, co-founded Beautiful Gate Lesotho, a care center for abandoned, HIV/AIDS affected and other vulnerable children. ( www.blog.beautifulafrica.org ) 10 years after establishing and growing this ministry we have handed it over to new leaders and moved to Cape Town, South Africa.
We have 3 married children, 2 adopted girls and 4 precious grandchildren! After an era of 25 years in missions, we are in transition. I am concentrating on building a relational marketing business to provide income as well as working on 2 books and writing a regular blog. I am also involved in “media counselling support” for numerous people worldwide via social media. Ultimately it is my desire to be committed full time to writing and walking alongside people through the role of “Life purpose Promoter”, impacting, encouraging and inspiring people to be who they were created to be.
I am a passionate follower of Christ, and enjoy sport, reading, writing, movies and riding my Yamaha Cruiser around Cape Town where we now reside. I also enjoy time with my family.