Malawi Recap for 10-16-19

               We have kind of made Cappuccino’s our morning place for breakfast because we can eat there as cheap as cooking our own; two eggs, two pieces of toast, fried tomatoes for $4.   Before we left, we had to cash some money to pay our rental for six people for two weeks, K878,000 or $1178.00.  Met Marvin Tarlton again at the café, this was not planned; but Don had a conversation with him.  He offered to let us stay at their place once it is finished being built – it is just a little far out of the city close to the airport but, who knows?

               Got to the orphanage about 11:15 for our 10:00 meeting with the TA and the MPs but they never showed this year.  Guess elections are over and they do not need our village’s help anymore.  So, we spent our time putting together a desk that was purchased for an office at the orphanage.  Steve and Paul bought a filing cabinet to go along with it; so, they have a nice little office at the orphanage now that should be secure.  They were excited when they saw it. 

               Had an afternoon meeting with all the workers starting around 1:30 and lasted until almost 3:30, explaining the restructuring of the organization and allowing them to ask any questions of us they would like.  The meeting went better than we imagined so somebody must have been praying along with us.  All questions on several subjects, especially the benefits for the workers were answered and all seemed to have been contented.  After the meeting, Steve and Paul handed out Bibles to all our workers, each received two bibles – one in English and one in Chichawe.  They were enthusiastic about receiving the Bibles. 

               Yesterday we bought lots of supplies for the mamas, so Doris and Shirley took those to the mamas today and they seemed to very much appreciative of the supplies.  They tried teaching the mamas a new way of washing by using plungers to wash the clothes instead of beating them on concrete, which tears them up quickly.  We will see how that works out.  Doris did a Bible lesson on the Parable of the Sowers for the mamas and the ladies from the nearby village.  During the meeting with the workers, Shirley spent most of her time playing ball with the boys of the orphanage. 

               Got home close to six, had a hearty meal of pasta or beef gravy over rice, corn and French fries; had a hour or so discussion about the events of the day and the plans for tomorrow, going to our respective abodes around 8:00pm for rest.  Even though we did not meet with the politicians, it was a good day.

               Just a reminder, what is tiring is our 1½ trip to and from the orphanage, over some roads that even the oxcarts have difficulty traversing – it is an interesting drive.  But as you sit at the entrance of the Clinic and look at the mountains of Mozambique, the view is beautiful.  God is good!

               “Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.  I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised.” (Psalm 18).

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

Your Team in Malawi