This week was filled with many firsts.
Last Sabbath (January 14th) I gave a sermon titled "Our Foundation
We had our first guest over to our house. I say first guest, but we actually had a few already, but this was the first time we had anyone over for dinner. Juliana Kachali, who works in the LifeNets business centre, and is in our congregation, visited our home and ate with us. She stayed the night and we drove her home the next day. This was the first time we had been to anyone's home here in Malawi. It is nice to see what the homes of others are like. I feel like sometimes we have an unrealistic view of the lives of others based on what we see from the outside, or what we hear people describe, or sometimes what we see on television. Actually going to a person's home and seeing how they live gives us a different perspective on the struggles and blessings that others have.
As our third week progressed, we did manage to venture out to a local wildlife refuge, the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre which is only about 5k from our house. I guess it was kind of like going on a safari, except for the fact that most of the animals were asleep. And most of them were rescued from circuses or homes where people had kept them as pets, and they wouldn't survive in the wild. It was neat to see at least a few African animals that we might not have seen before. The monkeys and baboons were definitely a highlight.
Another first for us was leaving the city of Lilongwe
Along with green fields, the rainy season means a whole lot of water falling from the sky. As we drove back to Lilongwe from Mchinji, I drove through my first Malawian rainstorm, and drove at night here for the very first time. Try navigating darkened highways lined with cyclists and pedestrians, sometimes carrying very large loads of wood, grain, fertilizer, or whatever else they might fit on their heads, backs, or bikes
And now for other firsts: battling timber eating beetles in our handcrafted furniture; figuring out how to avoid mosquitos - do we go the natural route or the chemical repellant route (it depends entirely on who you ask); trying not to worry too much when police pull us over for no good reason; trying not to get trapped by every person trying to sell their artwork or fruits on the side of the road or in the grocery store parking lot; thinking of what to say when people ask to come to our church to pray when we know very well that they most likely don't agree with what we believe; finally feeling like we understand the world of pay-as-you-go cell phone and internet and electricity.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Lilongwe, Lilongwe, Malawi