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Part of World Renew's work here in Malawi is to help educate women on the importance of maternal and child healthcare. This past week I was at an outlying clinic in the Dedza district (about an hour and a half away from the main hospital). I travelled with some local maintenance staff to help with some much-needed repairs. We patched leaky roofs, installed burglar bars, and replaced rotting ceilings. We also painted 2 offices and an examination room....

So far things are going well here in Malawi. After a little jet lag I'm up and running working on many different projects at Nkhoma Hospital. This week I was on site at the hospital working alongside the maintenance crew doing odd jobs; making and installing burglar bars and varnishing quarter-inch plywood to be used for the ceiling at the out-lying clinic. It was neat to use the same brand of paint as I use in Canada -...

It's great to be back in Lilongwe after 23 hours of travel and to see Peter and the World Renew staff again. 

I'll be posting more blogs as I get working and am able. Thanks to everyone who is praying for me, I am encouraged by your support. I'm looking forward to a good night sleep tonight, then off to Nkhoma Mission Hospital in the morning. 

This past Saturday I got to spend some time with Ivan and Yolanda. Ivan is a friend I met playing soccer. He is working on his plumbing apprenticeship at the Nkhoma Mission Hospital. Yolanda is his fiancée. We planned to go into Lilongwe as I needed to go to a few hardware stores to price out new(er) tools for the hospital. We thought while we were there we would visit Ivan's family and see some of the city...

I finally was able to attend a church service here at the hospital chapel (the previous two Sunday's being at the World Renew office for devotions and at the lake with the Timmerman's). I attended the English service which started at 8AM. Earlier than I am used too! It was a beautiful service. The music was sung only with our voices. No instruments needed here as God has blessed many with the gift of singing. There were two...

I have been here in Malawi for about 3 weeks now. I am more aware now of the wealth of possessions that I have at home in Canada. In Canada I am just a humble painter but here in Malawi I brought more in my one suitcase than many Malawians have in their homes. The need here is great, but the faith I have observed in many who I meet is even greater. A lot of the people...

This past weekend was a long weekend in Malawi because of Martyr's Day (Monday). So I had some time to explore. The Timmerman's were kind enough to ask if I would like to join their family for a time at Lake Malawi. Since Nkhoma Mission Hospital is in a rural area (on the side of a mountain), I had to take a taxi into the city. Now when most North American's think of a taxi they think yellow...

I had the privilege of going to a Malawian funeral today. Kuchipala the carpenter that I mentioned in a previous blog lost his uncle so he and most of the Malawian workers were not going to be working today.  I thought, out of respect to Kuchipala, I would ask if I could go. When I asked they were surprised and very happy that I would want to attend. Not many mazungas go to funerals here. Funerals are very...

Playing soccer is one of the highlights of my day. Every day at 4:30PM there is a group of young men that meet at the soccer pitch and play. The game that they play involves no goalies.  They divide into two teams: "shirts and skins". They allow me to play which is kind and most of the time they make me a "skin" because I am a mazunga (white man) and it looks funny to them. I’m ok with...

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