Malawi Recap for 10-12-19

               Up and at it today as this was graduation day.  We graduated over 25 students today with several completing their fourth year of study and receiving their certificates of higher education. 

               We met the 2nd day in a row at Cappuccino’s for a DayBreak Breakfast (Eggs, tomatoes, toast) and a couple added bacon with the meal.  While there we met a good friend from North Carolina named Marvin Tarlton who we had met over here several years before.  He has a ministry of drilling wells and drilled our last well at the Clinic.  He arrived one day after we did and their goal this year is to drill 30 wells before the end of the year.  A very godly man that loves the Lord and loves the Malawian people.  Steve and Paul had their own vehicle so they left before us as they had to pick up Lester and go to the church to prepare for the Graduation ceremony.

               Since these days are usually long and grueling and the time is quickly passing, the ladies stayed back in order to get things prepared for next week’s activities at the orphanage with the kids and the mamas.  They also sorted new clothes for the orphans and wrote letters to each of the children as they prepared their stories.

               After spending a little time with Marvin, Don and David head toward the orphanage to deliver medicine we had purchased in Lilongwe for Precious.  Just there for a few minutes giving instructions to the mama and then went to the Graduation ceremony in the church that Lester pastors. 

               Honestly, this was a well-attended and perhaps the most orderly and blessed ceremony we have had as everything went well and we were completed in about 2 hours.  Bro. Don Postell presented the graduation message this year speaking from Micah 6:8, ‘O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  Well preached and well received.  Dr. Newton then presented a short challenge to all the students and with great excitement and anticipation, the diplomas were handed out as it began to rain. 

               By the time we left, the rains had stopped, and we headed back to our lodging.  For supper, we went down to the local “shopping mall” for pizza and ice cream, Malawian style.  Not bad, but not American.

               A little word of encouragement that helps over here and anywhere is found in Matthew 17:7, “Arise, and be not afraid”.  Think about this as you get up the next day. 

May God bless you all and continue to pray for us while we are gone.

Your Team in Malawi