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 November 2013
Down the pedestrianised High Street
Relentlessly progressing to the end;
Watched by a crowd, but struggling alone
This way and that, from pillar to post,
Stumbling under a death sentence,
Sweat glands empty, collapsing with exhaustion,
While one of the women wipes blood from a brow,
A stranger from Africa, legally here,
Comes alongside, lending a hand,
So we make it – the pilgrimage complete,
Fulfilling a purpose defined in heaven,
Remembering his journey, sharing his suffering,
Renewed in mind, but back with the crowd, .
The Week of Missional Prayer, Bromley