We've waited six months to come to Malawi and meet our brethren here. The past week has been filled with many new experiences. Thankfully we were met at the airport by Aaron Dean and Haiton Thungula. Otherwise I think we might have been lost. Interestingly, although we have a long enough visa to cover our time here, the border agent at the airport in Lilongwe said we only have a short period of time before we have to leave the country. We can return as many times as we want throughout the year, but must leave periodically (if I understood her correctly). We are going to do some research into that before we jump to too many conclusions.
Haiton drove us to our new home through quite a rainstorm
Our week began with trips into town from our little housing development with the help of LifeNets employee Joseph Mughogho. Shopping is a little different in every place you go. Different foods, different ways people wait in lines, different products on the shelves, different standards in cleanliness and expectations. All of these things we have dealt with before in different regions of the world so we weren't too surprised. Rather it was nice to see brands we were used to and names of goods we did recognize
Meeting the brethren on the Sabbath and throughout the week was definitely a highlight and the real reason we are here. Before services on our very first church service, we went through and shook hands with nearly everyone present. I was introduced for a sermonette in which I introduced Lena and myself, and spoke a little about unit and the role of a pastor. The was a small crowd to start with. Apparently after I had sat down, the audience had tripled in size. There is definitely a difference in time concepts between different cultures.
I always regret not taking certain photos to be able to share with others. Sadly I didn't take any at services, but Mr. Dean did and was able to share them on Facebook. The photos I did take show bits and pieces of our time here so far.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Lilongwe, Central Region, Malawi