After about 24 hours in transit from my house to Father Clayton’s, I’m finally here and have officially started my term of service! For the first few days I have been welcomed into Father Clayton’s (the rector of St. Michael’s and All Angels’ Church) home as I get settled and get over jet lag. I’m getting so much support and advice every step of the way as I settle in, which is very welcome.
My travelling process was blessedly boring, so luckily I have very little to say about my ~15 hour plane ride and customs. When I arrived I was met by Father Clayton and his daughter Jodene. On the ride home I saw Alexandra and other important areas of Johannesburg from a distance and continued outside the city where they live with unbelievably beautiful landscapes (photos in the gallery). Shortly after a nice family dinner I could hardly keep my eyes open in the chair I was sitting in, so I turned in. Today has been relaxing and slow. I learned a little bit more about the parish in Alex, which I’ll meet officially in two days. Jodene and I took a short walk and are had a picnic and might go swimming later. I’m so grateful for this calming transition time and looking forward to the next steps of this process.