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 October 2016
Bright, as with the glory of the Lord,
Exaggerating beauty burnt into the memory.
But the return finds television aerials,
Satellite dishes and mobile phone masts
Shrouding the past with the present,
Buried in the mists of confusion,
Until the eternal beams through,
Revealing the unending nature of presence
That endures beyond place or time
In the sacrament of the here and now,
Yet awaiting consummation
That some call final, but is only the start
Of a new beginning in an even better place.
Click here to listen to an audio of the poem,