Leading 2 days of ‘Clergy School’ for around 100 clergy from across this large diverse diocese was an enormous privilege. The challenges clergy here face are innumerable. The simple distances and numbers of congregations in the rural areas are a great challenge. The continued work building the rainbow nation into a reality so that communities are truly multi-racial is not easy. The demands of supporting people with HIV / Aids are huge. There remains enormous poverty in many of the townships. I am enormously impressed with the clergy we have met. So are the whole team. There is a dedication to the task which is evident. People were very kind about the input we were able to give. There is a connection between UK & South Africa which has surprised me; I guess something of our shared history, however sad or shameful parts of that have been brings this about. Brave decisions have been made here appointing unexpected leaders to different communities. This has not been easy for those leaders; they have felt pain and struggle; yet many have also now seen significant breakthroughs. God does not call leaders to an easy life; he does not always call us to the places of our own choosing or for our comfort. Our responsibility is to be faithful. Those travelling with me have been having a wonderful time meeting people from all kinds of places and all walks of life. Their own ministry and calling has been challenged and stretched – that is part of the value of leaving one’s own setting and entering, however briefly, into another culture and seeking to stand in another’s shoes. As we do this our own place looks different; we see it from new angles; we understand ourselves differently. It is deeply enriching. I’m so glad these people, Chris, Heather, Barbara, Kon, Dan, Maureen, Denise, Jane & my wonderful wife, Rosemary, have travelled with me.