Welcome to 'The duPs' - The website of Paul and Margaret du Plessis.
They are Salvation Army officers
Margaret is a former Medical Social Worker, Paul a physician.
They have served in Zambia, the United Kingdom, India, and their homeland of South Africa. Now, in retirement, they live in Bromley, in southeast London.
Their children, Catherine and Andre, and the wider family mean a lot to them. Placing Paul’s poems and other information on a website has been a family request for some years. Grandson, David, took on the project and became the website architect.
Please enjoy reading Paul's poems which reflect something of their faith and experiences.
Margaret has researched the life of Louisa Mary Tucker, the first wife of pioneer Indian missionary, Frederick Tucker.
Please use the menu on the left and the search function in the top right to navigate through the site.
Here is Paul's most recent poem:
- Written July 2016
in Bethlehem's manger
Or hiding in sawdust
under the carpenter's bench;
A young man lost in discussion
with experts of religion,
Called from the crowd,
to be baptised for a life of love
Which starts in a desert,
challenged by another Pokémon.
Then off to Galilee,
teaching, healing, providing,
But asleep in a boat
while others worry about a storm.
Unwanted in neighbouring Samaria
but he's there,
And also Gethsemane -
though it leads to a cross.
No more in the garden tomb though -
so try elsewhere.
The virtual has just invaded
our world of reality.
My Pokémon (I've given him that name)
came centuries earlier,
Down to earth, among us,
even in Bromley,
Looking for me,
though encouraging my search.
The Son of Man came to seek and to save ..... (Luke 19:10)
You will find me ..... (Jeremiah 29:13)
Listen to the poem
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