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I have received many death threats via email over the last number of weeks insisting I give insight to life inside the classroom at Ebenezer. The final straw of procrastination came a while ago from my esteemed and loving Mom, a very stern email stating in a motherly manner  that I’d better get on it, or else……

I have been immensely blessed by the time I was allowed to spend inside the Grade 3 classroom. It hit me last...

What a crazy week it has been! Andrew and David went to Mozambique to tour/visit a World Renew conservation farming project while Steven and I stayed back to finish up in Nkhoma. Steven decided, a week and a half ago, that he wanted to put in a netball court at the Synod Secondary School before we left. So he ran around like a crazy man to get that finished in a week. I spent most of the week on the...

Yesterday was a very successful day of work on the basketball court. We have been working hard to finish it up and our work has definitely paid off. We first talked about building a basketball court when we saw the old concrete slab which was cracked and chipped with grass growing in it and only half of a metal post remaining. We contacted the William Murry boarding school which owns the court and had a good meeting with the...

As I said before, the three guys went into Lilongwe for the weekend to get everything set up for the coming week and I stayed behind to get a few things done. However, I was also invited by a local painter to come and see his house. Mr. Ezra is a painter that the guest house had hired when we first got here to re-paint the floors. However, he ended up staying to fix a...

Boy has time flown by! The past three weeks have not been super busy ones but somehow they have still gone by just as fast. The weeks consisted of a lot of meetings and emails. I have been meeting with the team managers of the football team and the headmasters and sports masters of the local secondary schools to discuss budgets and programs. I have sent out lots of emails to possible sponsors for the local soccer team and...

Another week has come to completion and with it, the beginning of our work on the basketball court and with the Nkhoma Stars soccer team. Last Monday, we did a small presentation of the uniforms and equipment we were able to bring from home and with it began the opportunity to work with the team to bring them a bit of structure and organization. Woodland Christian High School has graciously volunteered to help us to raise funds to register...

We were blessed to have Uncle Maurice Koetsier stop by for a visit last week on his way home from a visit to Ethiopia. We took off during the weekend to spend some time at Nakotakota, a nice place on the beach of Lake Malawi, along with the Timmerman family. One of the highlights from the weekend ended up being a working one. While walking on the beach, we came across of group of men pulling in a large...

We have arrived back in Nkhoma (after some time off for Christmas) to a town that received quite the face lift. As I noted before, the transformation from dust to mud had begun before we left town and when we returned the rain that had muddied Nkhoma has now caused an explosion of new life. I have never seen such a drastic change in landscape before, it is incredible. Lush, green colour is springing from places I never thought possible...

The skies have opened and Nkhoma is showing signs of a dramatic transformation from the dust of the dry season to the mud and new life of the rainy season. The rain came a couple days later than most had planned and though some were worried, the rain came in perfect time for us. No sooner than we had finished moving dirt and began the planting of grass did the clouds open up, soaking all of Nkhoma thoroughly. As I...

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