Who are you?


Today I feel like celebrating, so I’m taking the day off from writing.  It has been 5 months since I decided to start my blog, “The Long and Winding Road.”  I have just written my hundredth post.  I had no idea what it would look like or who would read it.  It has been surprising and encouraging that over 19,500 people have read my whole story or bits and pieces of it.  It is also amazing to see that I have quite regular readers from 57 countries.

So the question is: Who are YOU?  What’s your story? I am loving sharing my stories with you, how about sharing yours with me? If you don’t have energy for that, then how about a hi?  Just today.  Oh and then maybe on my two hundredth post.  Deal?  You have the whole weekend :).

Thanks for reading.  Thank you to those who comment and spur me on.  It has really helped me to keep writing.

Looking forward to meeting you.

About lindia60

I was born in Durban 59 years ago and lived all my teenage life there. I have travelled extensively, seen many parts of the world and have settled with the fact that India is the best place to be. My husband, Tony and I have lived here for 26 years with our three children and it's just the beginning.. . My dream has come true. It has been a lengthy process but I am now a naturalised Indian Citizen. This is our story from beginning to .....

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  1. Hi Lin,

    Maybe I will be the first to tell you who I am. Here goes:

    I am married to an amazing man and have lived the past 33 years on an adventure with him. Our first 23 years were spent in Johannesburg, where we brought 3 boys into the world. They have been and continue to be a joy and delight to us, more than we can say, especially as, between them, they have added 3 beautiful wives and 4 adorable children to the family mix. We have known the extravagant goodness of God in our lives, andHe continues to spur us on and lead us forward.

    We first got to know you in 1999, I think, on the first of 7 or 8 visits to India. We loved your family from the start, and have spent precious times together over the years.

    10 years ago we arrived in Asia on the biggest God-adventure (and learning curve) of our lives, starting out in Malaysia, then Singapore and now Vietnam. We have loved being part of God’s family in each of those places, and thrived on all He has and is doing in us. It is a joy and privilege to serve Him in Asia.

    Where to from here? Who knows? But we do know that it will continue to be enthralling and life changing. We’re looking forward to the destination eventually, but man, oh man, are we enjoying the ride!

    Lots of love to you this day as you read the stories of many of your readers.

  2. Hi Linda, Charmaine Chapman (Christianson) here, living in New Zealand now for the past 16 years. I met you when I was a young teenager back in the 80’s, in the Full Gospel Church in Montclair, South Africa. I was one of the youth who attended Friday night youth meetings with your sister and husband Rigby. After youth we would all go down to the ‘coffee bar’ in Woodlands. I spent many a Friday nights preaching the gospel of Christ to the unsaved who came in for a coffee. I had a burning passion to serve God with all my heart and soul, it was such an awesome time of my life.
    I have enjoyed reading your posts, because we mostly lost touch when you guys all moved to Johannesburg. But somehow that door was never closed. A week after arriving in NZ I bumped into Dave and Bev. Then I started attending a church and guess who came as a guest speaker one Sunday, your one and only, your husband. It was only then that I realised that you guys belonged to the same church that Dudley Daniels founded. We live in this big wonderful world and yet so small as God holds us all in the palm of his hand.
    God Bless

  3. Hello linds – so look forward to your blog each day! Deeply inspiring for me. Needs to be put into a book for sure! Do you know you can self publish for free with amazon? I can put you in touch with a friend who has done it and has just this week put out an email saying she can assist aspirant publishers 🙂

      • “Shirk” – that’s what comes from typing on your iPhone with no glasses when you’re over 50!! 😀

      • Haha.. that is so funny. I thought it was Shrek not being able to spell 🙂 Thanks Shirley. Lovely to hear from you.

    • Hey Lins……..it has been so awesome reading your blogs……I laugh……. I sit misty eyed……I am amazed……and just constantly reminded of the grace of Jesus and when we undertake to do anything in his name……however difficult……..he just carries us through! I have experienced so many miracles in my life, and as I looked backed, I realized how the Lord has carried me through……even at the times I thought he had abandoned me! Thank you Lins for sharing your journey, your family and the love of Jesus with us! Love you xxxxxx

      • Bren- you are so lovely and I have many good memories of your family. Thanks for reading and for writing to me 🙂

  4. Hallo Linda, beach girl at heart, so here’s a big hello from Krabi in Thailand! Lots of love, Sandy x

  5. Hi,

    My name is Juan and I am part of the family in Linbro Park. I have heard of the couple that went to India but reading your blog has made it real and it has been such an encouragement.

    When was the last time you were in South Africa?

    Can not wait for the next blog as it has become a daily habit of reading it while I have my morning coffee.

    God Bless

    Juan Slabber

  6. Hi Lin, amazing blog and inspiring. Been married for 6 months now, went through pre-marital counselling sessions with you and still continuing to learn from you. Keep it coming.

    Warm regards from Sweden

  7. Linda..have been loving your posts and reading your stories. Looking forward to more on Woodstock students and perhaps even your trip to robertsganj…remember that? This is Ruth Benjamin btw..ex woodstocker, now in London, hugely grateful to the Johnsons ministry in musoorie and keen reader of your blog!

  8. Hey Lin – it has given me a great insight into the years between the contact 🙂
    Loved catching up in this way – thank you!
    P.S. please don’t stop 😊

  9. Hey, We both love reading your posts! So good to read about how you guys have learned to walk with the Father and about His faithfulness in things big and small!

  10. Conversation started today

    Hi Linda

    I’ve loved reading your blogs so far, so many memories. You, of course, know who I am -Dalton and I spent 3 months with you back at the end of 1992 but seeing as you asked people to let you know who they are, I thought I’d share a tiny bit of who we have become because of the time we spent with you and Tony in India.

    I remember so well the night Aman slept in your stairway. We were the people who were making your home so full At the time, I was awed at how you & Tony took your girls to your room and allowed a complete stranger to stay with you. There was nothing in your possessions that was of more value to you than looking out for the person God had put in your path and I knew that I wanted something of that to shine through in our lives too. And it has – over the years, we have had numerous people stay with us, people we know well and people we have never met before and a whole bunch inbetween, sometimes for a night and sometimes for months on end.

    Tonight I have moved Kia, our 11 year old daughter, to our bedroom so that we can have four students from the French Reunion stay over for the night. They have locked themselves out of their digs up the road from us and don’t know where to go.
    So – thank you to you and Tony and your girls for having not only Aman but also me and Dalton stay with you all those years ago and please know that it sowed very good seeds in our life that have benefited many others too.

    Much love to you and Tony.

    Tracy Gibbs

  11. Hi my little ex-neighbour, you are incredible, this walk you Tony and your family took on is probably the bravest story I have every read. Linda even as a very young girl you had a special quality/presence about you which I never really understood until later in my life. God I believe makes many special people, some a little more special, example of my first understanding of a true christian was Dawn Schweggman, at times whilst growing up I thought she was a little crazy and only later learn’t her true value and how many lives were touched by God using her. Mine and my Dave’s lives were changed through this dear lady with much help from Pastor Stokes, who I found out passed away yesterday and is now home in Jesus’s loving arms. Linda God has really found special people in you and Tony and I pray that he continues to use you as your story is so incredibly powerful and I’m sure touching many lives by just reading it. I really think you should publish it as I’m sure myself included would rush out and buy it as we need to continue to follow your story and later we could have a second book. Just dream a little of how much you would help with all your money, PLEASE think about it. I know money isn’t everything but God has blessed you with many amazing talents but this writing is moving, touching, stirring and I believe been sent by God through you to show people that with God’s love and your faith, anything is possible. Big love and hugs to you all, Your Father Wilf Lowe must be a very proud man. Faye. xxx

    • Oh Faye, this is so encouraging. Amazing to hear about your faith. A lot went on in Rolleston Place hey? 🙂 Are any others in your family followers of Jesus? Thank you for the encouragement. I really have no idea how to publish a book. All I can handle right now is a short story every day 🙂 Maybe sometime in the future. Lots of love to you from me, my pretty neighbour 🙂

      • Hi Brave Lady, I am happy to tell you that my 2 children and their spouses are excited to share in the LOVE of Jesus and share his word. My brothers and sisters do not feel the same so all we can do is pray for them. Linda, Rolleston place is still a special place to live as when I walk around the circle with my grandchildren I have stories to tell about each house and who had lived there in the past and stories relating to the families. Michael Maroney, Karen Rutherford, Janice Rutherford and myself are all still there. Janice lives in her Mom”s house, Michael in the Meintjie:s old house, Karen in the house before the De Jager’s and me in the Francis”s house. Time to do a little work, so much love to you all and may God continue to bless you everyday and in everyway. xxxx Faye.

  12. Hi Linda,

    I am Amit, living in Delhi for almost 19 years now. I am married to the love of my life and we have a lovely 2.5 year old daughter.

    I accidentally came across your blog last month and have been following it ever since. I enjoy reading your posts and often find an answer or a message from God.

    Sharing a couple of instances…

    A few days ago my daughter started going to playschool. On the third day she got hurt. The injury required a few stitches and caused pain and shock. I was anguished looking at her in that condition and in so much pain. I kept on wondering if it could have been avoided etc.

    The very next day, I read the post ‘A Sign’. I realized that all hardship has a reason and there is a message that is hidden. I was surprised at how you took out a positive from the water logging inside your house. That very moment I knew that there must be a reason behind my daughter’s injury which maybe I could not understand at that time. Someday, maybe I’ll see the sign.

    The second incident happened today. Over this weekend, I was thinking that maybe we were not bringing up our daughter properly. There are times when we feel she is becoming stubborn etc.

    Then, I read your post ‘Boring old fart’. Tony got a message from God. I got a message from God through this post. When you said, “I want you to store up memories for your children. Exciting stories they will pass on to their children and their children’s children. This is their inheritance ” – it made so much sense…I now know that this is what I need to do…just fill her life up with beautiful memories that she can cherish.

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring posts!

    By the way, I too have a Mussoorie connection and I visit Mussoorie at least once a year. 🙂


    • Hi Amit- so nice to hear from you. It’s good to hear that my stories have been inspiring and helpful. Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

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