Category Archives: East City

Princes and Thieves

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“Paupers and kings, princes and thieves

Singers of songs, righters of wrongs, be what you believe

So saddle your horse and shoulder your load

Burst at the seams, be what you dream, and then take to the road.”

Journey of the Magi – Frank Turner

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East City Images: Mr Jassien’s Car

Most Fridays I will be inviting you to “see” my world, the East City. To enjoy with me a snapshot of a moment in time which collectively I hope will reflect both the beauty and the brokenness of my community

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This is Mr Jassien’s car, made in 1954.  For 37 years of its long life Mr Jassien has been it’s proud owner. He gets offers for it all the time, he told me, but he is not interested in selling her.

East City Images: Blessing

Fridays are for photos. And so most Fridays I will be inviting you to “see” my world, the East City, to enjoy with me a snapshot of a moment in time. A reflection I hope of my community, our hope and our God at work.

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I like the contrasts in this picture.  I post this picture as a challenge to myself. I hope it stirs something in you as well.

The art on the building is done by my friend Andrew.  You can check out more of his work here.

 

 

 

 

East City Stories: Brandy Bottle

Feeling a bit under the weather the other day I decided that what was needed was a hot lemon, honey, brandy and disprin “bomb” as we like to call them in our house. So I nipped down to the liquor store to get a small bottle of brandy. On the way there I greeted one of the homeless men that I recognised from around the neighbourhood. I don’t know him really well but we knew each other well enough to greet as we passed.

As I came out of the shop clutching my purchase my new friend spied me and practically began to dance, shifting from one foot to another.

“Oooooh dis my dag, dis my dag,” (this is my day, this is my day) he said. “Net a klein knitsie, asseblief meneer?” (Just a small drop mister)

Before I could even answer he had swooped up his plastic cup from among his few possession behind him and he held it out to me expectantly. I looked at my empty wrist and exclaimed “Dis so laat en jy droom nog broer?” (It’s so late already en you are still dreaming)

We both laughed and went on our ways. Life in the East City can be colourful some days

East City Images: Tagged House

Fridays are for photos. And so most Fridays I will be inviting you to “see” my world, the East City, to enjoy with me a snapshot of a moment in time. A reflection I hope of my community, our hope and our God at work.

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A possibly abandoned house with gang graffiti tagged on the front.  NTK are the Nice Time Kids

East City Images: Praying

Fridays are for photos. And so most Fridays I will be inviting you to “see” my world, the East City, to enjoy with me a snapshot of a moment in time. A reflection I hope of my community, our hope and our God at work.

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My boys during one of our prayer times.  This photo was taken by my friends Carrie. You could check out more of her work here.

East City Images: Washing

Fridays are for photos.  And so most Fridays I will be inviting you to “see” my world, the East City, to enjoy with me a snapshot of a moment in time.  A reflection I hope of my community, our hope and our God at work.

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Washing in Shelley Road Park.