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We hope that when we get back we will have an opportunity to share something about what we have been up to here in Malawi.  There is so much more than a project, or some work in the pharmacy; but one of the common denominators is that you walk wherever you go-it seems always uphill!  Just wait until you see some of the pictures.

The paths are invariably rocky and full of stones or broken red brick (the kind...

For our daily devotions we have been reading in the first few chapters of Deuteronomy.  Chapters 3,4,& 5 are particularly powerful stories that have resonated with me here in Malawi.  Maybe it has to do with the 2014 "TODAY"  devotional guide meditations: Strangers and Pligrims on The Journey by Jason Zuidema.

Have you been to Mt Pisgah for a view of what is promised?  Moses struck the rock (Christ, some say) instead of speaking to the “Rock”; so he was denied...

I have just finished reading the book of Numbers for my daily devotions.  What has been so evident is God's strong presence and guidance through Moses and Aron as the Israelite leave the land of bondage heading for the Promised Land.  Yet, it is not a natural or easy transition form slave to free as evidenced by their stubborn, rebellious responses to the hardships of the journey.  Part of this response may be a character trait ingrained in them from...

What color is water? 

You probably haven't even thought about such a question. Here in Nkhoma it varies from clear like at your home to a rather rich brown, depending on the time of the year.  Right now, our water is still clear because of an extended rainy season.  The water comes down from the mountains above the Hospital compound.  There is a fairly elaborate water system first developed in the 1930s.  The first year we volunteered here, I took over...

Flight, Anticipation, Ordeal                                                                        Wed-Saturday(19th-22nd)

It was the very long arduous flight without much of a hitch, other than Bette having to share her seat with a very large man who overflowed from his seat to hers.  We never heard that you could order a seat belt extender but he did.

As many of you know, time changes are hard on sleep patterns!  So while we stayed overnight in Johannesbutg, we did not get much sleep.  The next morning we...

There are many things to get finished before we leave. we had planned on taking our old computer along again but found out yesterday that XP will no longer work as of April,2014. That issue was resolved by a gift from a computer store owner who upgraded it.  There are banking and bills to get arranged as well as home care, mail, newspaper, and other such issues.

 Packing what we will need versus what we all want to take...

We first met our new flat mate Floyd, who is in his last week of volunteering here in Nkhoma. He does electrical work and has fixed many of the broken electrical tools. Old friends kept showing up at the apartment during the afternoon and one of them invited us over for the evening meal for which we were most grateful.

Just before bed time, Floyd tried to unlock the door and broke off the key in the lock. Now...