February 18, 2017

A day in the life…

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm places to stand” Psalm 40:2

I was laying in bed awake at 2 am thinking about our life here. I have been having stomach problems so thats also probably the reason why I was awake. I was thinking of our children and the reasons why we are where we are today. We receive emails every few days with people saying how amazing we are and how can you do what you do? and you are so brave…I’m always thinking if people knew how my life really is, its probably nothing much different than them …except maybe the location.. and i don't particularly feel like my life has the impact it should have some days.. I haven’t been feeling brave or strong.. and because we are missionaries we sometimes feel the need to be strong and also spiritualize everything we do. 
I'm not famous, I'm just a missionary, a wife, a homeschool mom and ordinary person in about every way imaginable. Im not Amy Carmichael or Elisabeth Elliot. My life is lived in the small things, in the day to day routine and chaos. More chaos and mess than anything. 
     I have to leave all 3 kids with Chris and the team every weekday at 7:30 to teach my one hour french class. When I was asked to sub for the french teacher at the American School, I thought sure only one hour a day, should be a piece of cake. HA! Its a fun experience and a great time to be ministering to these High school kids tho…When I am back nothing is as it should be. My ideal situation would be Noah is down for a nap and the girls are half way done with school. So this week we decided to go on a visit with our whole family. I had all planned in my mind. Wake up, get ready, get Noah ready and fed before leaving. Im so thankful for my girls as they do help a lot. Thank God! But that day, before I left, it was a mess and when I got home from class, school hadn't even started, Noah would not take a nap and everything when down hill from there.… We had then to get ready to go on our visit in early afternoon. 
    Its Africa, T.I.A. we call it, so its a whole expedition in itself. We plan on meeting people in a certain known area like a gas station or other known place and then they show us the way to their house. They can't really give us their address and we enter it in our GPS and here we coooooooome….. Not really. Most compounds have a name but no street names. So the directions we have to follow are always pretty interesting: come to area 25a, then turn left at filling station, then follow the 3 wires, turn right at the market; If you cant find it follow the mini bus route…. lol So there we are in a 100 degree weather with a non working AC car, with our whole family, trying to follow the directions. 30 minutes later we are following a mini bus hoping to finally find the meeting point... 

On our way.....
                                                            Following the mini bus...

Yes we found the place and had a great visit. Noah was the entertainer of the day. Our son does NOT know how to stay idle and he feels quite at home everywhere we go. SO we are visiting at Prosper’s house but he has to run all over the place, outside, and alert the whole compound of our visit lol.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me an find me when you seek me we all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

Pray for me if you think of it. I'm hoping to see a doctor soon and do some test about my stomach issues, and hope to find the root of the problem. We have a friend who is a Doctor here.

With Love from Malawi.

February 05, 2017

February Morsels

Recently we began door-knocking evangelism in the area that our church is in called Mwenyekondo (Indian with a spear).  This neighborhood that surrounds the church has thousands of one-roomed homes. The dirt roads that meander throughout the neighborhood seem more like blood vessels spread  throughout a body than a organized grid. It is fitting because the place is teeming with life that is in desperate need from a touch from God.  

Many of the people in this neighborhood have home-made distilleries and have bars connected to their homes. A lot of people don’t go to church so it’s a great place to minister and a huge open door. We met a sweet lady named Lucy on visitation 3 weeks ago. She barely speaks English, has one child, and lives with her husband in a one room house as part of a group of 4 houses that have a shared bathroom. Amazingly, she came the next day to our midweek service and hasn’t stopped coming for the past 2 weeks. She is our first fruits of Door Knocking. It was so refreshing to see the church in action. As she came she was loved and greeted by all. Soon after coming, the Women's ministry visited her. Then my Mother invited her over to her house with another lady in the church, it was so encouraging to her. 

It was a simple reminder of why we are here, just encouraging people in the Lord one person at a time. Each person is so valuable.

                                     Lucy (on the left)

Please pray for:

-Our Bible College semester started with over 180 students. We have completed one full four year cycle and now for another 4 years!!!!

-Our second church in Chinsapo just started their midweek service and one bible college class.

-Our annual Conference, Malawicon in April and our Bible College Graduation

Some pictures of the past few weeks: