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 2015
Herod's fury vented on Bethlehem
Boils over in Beirut and Sharm
And if not there, then Paris or Bamako,
Where fear fuels the fires of wrath
Pent up in decades of discontent,
Exploding into acts of vengeance,
Causing parents to flee to Egypt,
And if not there, then Europe.
Yet the child spared death in infancy
Faces execution with thorns and nails,
That could stay the bombings of today,
Bringing peace instead of conflict.
But still the Christ Child cries,
While the Prince of Peace weeps.
Image: from www.ibtimes.com.
Flowers in bullet holes in the windows of the Bonne Biere cafe Nov. 17, 2015, in tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris