Vivian Jenkins

Author, Educator, Ministry Worker & Cat Breeder

I’m so glad you’ve taken the time to visit! You'll find information about my books, and updates on what I am doing - as author, educator, in ministry and with my favourite 'hobby' - my cats! You can also visit with Peter - click on About us to find his posts. I keep friends and family updated with Aunty Peggy's news under About Us too!


Co-author of the Sunrise Readers; author of the StepUp Readers, an RE textbook and two books for adults:  In the Hollow of His Hand and Let the Walls Come Down.

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Vivian is a qualified  junior school teacher, with a B.A. degree in English and Education, and a Cambridge University Certificate in teaching English to adult learners. She has years of experience in teaching and in teacher training. Read more


Since 1983, Peter and Vivian Jenkins have had the privilege of working with Christian Leaders in Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC. They've also been involved in Education since 1982.

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Vivian & cats

No longer breeding cats, Vivian enjoyed her hobby time as a registered breeder of Persian Chinchillas (Original Longhair Cats in SA!) from 2017 - 2021.

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From my Blog:

Sunrise Educational Publishing – Looking back over 2023

December 30, 2023

This December sees @chrissielewis and me eighteen months into our new business as #publishers. Having been authors contracted with #LongmanZimbabwe and #PearsonEducationAfrica, it was a big step to start publishing the #SunriseReaders ourselves.With the closure of #PearsonEducationAfrica, we were given the opportunity to buy our Intellectual Property (the #SunriseReaders.) We succeeded, due to excellent advice from others in the business world and publishing industry, and efficient practical service by local book-keeping firm, #TMKSolutions. They guided us through registering the company and becoming registered for VAT and export. I turned 70 last year – so this has been a huge learning curve at an “interesting” age! However, apart from administrating this company (still too small to employ anyone else), my co-author (and co-director of #SunriseEducationalPublishing) – @ChrissieLewis – and I have revised and published two new books from the start to the finish: #SunriseReaders Book 11 (Let‘sbeHappy) and Book 12 (#HousesandHomes).…

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

December 27, 2023

We have celebrated Christmas at home this year, with five of our seven children, and Peter’s brother, Ken. It was very special to be together, especially as last year was very quiet, with our family scattered all over the world. Last week I was playing beautiful Christmas Carols while sewing a Christmas apron as a gift. The timeless words of the songs seeped into my consciousness while I sewed. By the time we got to “Noel, noel!”, I found myself overwhelmed with tears … “…Noel Noel Noel NoelBorn is the King of Israel!This star drew nigh to the northwestO’er Bethlehem it took it’s restAnd there it did both stop and stayRight o’er the place where Jesus layNoel Noel Noel NoelBorn is the King of Israel! … “ The words painted pictures in my mind. I saw a tiny new-born baby, bathed and bundled in His mother’s arms. She was so…

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Missions in Zululand in the 1890s- 1930s

November 29, 2021

My Great-Grandfather in Zululand – The Rev Dr Frederick Wilfrid Walters Rev. Frederick Wilfrid Walters studied and qualified as a medical doctor during his curacies in All Hallowes, Southwark, St Luke’s, Camberwell and St Philips in Sydenham (1887 – 1892). He sailed to Zululand on 10 December 1892 on the SS Scot. He was accompanied by his wife, Helen Millicent (Mansfield) Walters, their two little boys, Edward and Herbert Aiden, and his sister, Flo Walters. He started work in Zululand as Principal and Medical Missionary at the Zulu Theological College in Isandhlwana. Fairly soon afterwards, the Government wished to appoint a medical officer in Zululand, and the Bishop asked FWW to take up the position in Nongoma. In his own words, writing on March 8th 1894 to The Net Cast in Many Waters (the Missionary Magazine for the Church of England): Bishop has asked me to go to Ndwandwe, where…

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Are you longing to feel the wind in your sails?

September 25, 2021

I’ve been watching some yachts tacking around the bay in front of our house. For quite some time it seemed as if they were going no where. Their sails were drooping forlornly around their masts. They were trying to circle a buoy and return to Simon’s Town harbour, but instead they were listing drunkenly to one side and they certainly appeared to be “in the doldrums”. I knew they were desperately trying to position themselves to catch the wind. It must have been so frustrating – and exhausting – straining at the ropes with all their might. And going no-where. Then, suddenly, one of them got it right – a sail billowed out like a sheet in the wind, and the yacht began to move forward … I could almost feel the sailors’ relief as they moved sweetly into position and started to glide smoothly away from their struggling friends.…

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