Fam­ily on a mis­sion

Three years of aid work in Botswana ahead

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By EMMA DAWE

It’s a world away from Cromwell, but the south­ern African coun­try of Botswana will soon be home for Cromwell woman Anita Muir and her fam­ily. Mrs Muir, her hus­band Daniel and one-year-old daugh­ter, Es­ther, will be re­lo­cat­ing per­ma­nently to the Third World coun­try in Jan­uary, where the cou­ple will work for mis­sion­ary or­gan­i­sa­tion Serv­ing in Mis­sion. They will be based in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal, Gaborone, and will work along­side Fly­ing Mis­sion Botswana, the only air am­bu­lance in the coun­try. Mr Muir will work as an ICT ad­min­is­tra­tor and Mrs Muir was hop­ing to work with or­phans with AIDS. Mrs Muir said Botswana was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sec­ond worst AIDS epi­demic in the world with more than one in three peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease. The cou­ple had ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing in Third World coun­tries – Mr Muir and his fam­ily lived in South Amer­ica for four years, while Mrs Muir lived in Burk­ina Faso, in west Africa, with her fam­ily when she was two un­til she was 14. They will live in Botswana for three years be­fore re­turn­ing home for six months for a com­pul­sory break where they will have med­i­cal and health checks and con­tinue to seek sup­port from the com­mu­nity. They will then re­turn and con­tinue their work. Mrs Muir said she was ex­cited about their new life, but also a bit sad about leav­ing her fam­ily and friends. The cou­ple leave in Jan­uary and un­til then will spend their week­ends vis­it­ing churches, youth groups and other gath­er­ings to talk about their move to Botswana and to seek sup­port for their work.

Head­ing to Africa: Cromwell woman Anita Muir will be head­ing to Botswana in Jan­uary, with her hus­band Daniel and one-year-old daugh­ter, Es­ther, to do mis­sion­ary work for Serv­ing in Mis­sion.

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