Stockholm. One of the few places in the world that I really feel at home. Part of this feeling of home is the people. Over the last 4 years, I have had the privilege of being part of a youth cafe (ungdomsgård) in the heart of the city. It is a calm, relaxing, safe place in the middle of a very tightly structured and task orientated city. It is, as described by a good friend there yesterday, 'A place where all perspectives can be discussed freely and safely, a great place to meet people. Fika is free and staff are sweet'.
The one who took the picture above is rather special to me, since I last saw him in 2016 he has lost 46kg/101lbs, and been completely clean from alcohol 1 and a half years; and is also truly making some roads into a more peaceful life. It is nothing short of miraculous. He's got a huge heart and I believe will inspire many. To the right of me is the one who I met on Plattan who initially brought me to the Cafe.
I've been so blessed to do life with so many here. There are far far more stories, hopes dreams and talents than what I have mentioned here but I thought I'd just introduce a few of them through photos. As I watched a group of three walk arm in arm back to the city centre I couldn't help but shed a tear, knowing I probably wouldn't see them again for another 2 years. I'm super thankful that I have had another opportunity to be involved again.
- Thanks to all those supporting us with Emilies Australian Visa challenges. It was granted and we plan to leave Stockholm Monday. Flights are paid, visas are paid. PRAISE GOD. Please pray for my friend Kristin, who is facing quite a few passport and visa challenges getting to Africa.
- In Townsville, Emilie will be working with children again and a bit of administration and I'll be continuing the implementation of a computer system.
- We are exploring the idea of opening up our house to others as we have a spare room at the moment. It seems a great way of bringing in a little finance as well as making friends :D