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Friday, April 19, 2019
Lilongwe, Central Region, Malawi
Today is the evening of the Night To Be Much Observed.   It is also “Holy Week” and “Good Friday” on the outside as well as the Muslim day of worship as we see people  dressed up for their respective occasions. After Nicholas and Megan picked us up, we drove by some kind of protest march with people praying and blocking a lane on the road. Police were diverting traffic around them.
We talked some at our lodge but then went over to Nick and Megan’s home. We have been here when Lewis and Lena lived here as well as Brennan and Michala. We had wanted to visit Dr. Sam Chilopora who is staying at his daughter Maggie’s home in Lilongwe, but we could not get through on the phone so we didn’t get there. It was good, however, to visit with Esther his wife a little at the Passover service on Thursday evening. 
At Nick and Megan's we did an Inside United podcast. We talked for 32 minutes. Nick and Megan don’t lack for words, so this one will be interesting to listen to.  We talked about their impressions of living in Malawi for two months now and their goals for the Church.   Also, they talked about their background.  I learn a lot from doing these podcasts. This is the third podcast I’ve done on this trip, with the previous two being with Roy Demont and the Pringles. 
After the podcast, we just sat and talked for a while. There is a lot to discuss dealing with church matters.  We appreciate the work that this couple is already doing and how quickly they have been acclimated. 
We talked about how we will continue to serve the church here both from leadership on the ground and from the Home Office. We did make an administrative change in senior pastorships from the United States.
We enjoyed being with Nick and Megan. Bev got excited when she saw their little garden behind their home, in front of the perimeter wall. Bev wielded a huge and heavy mattock… the photo drew some interesting responses on Facebook!    
In the evening we went to the church hall for the observance of the Night To Be Much Observed.
Exodus 12:41-42
41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
 There were 66 people in attendance.  Many children.  Deacon Haiton Thungula gave a short, but well-phrased address about the meaning of the evening in both English and Chewa. I had heard him give it several years back before our building was constructed and wanted him to do it again.
We had a great social evening with a wonderful meal for all.  Then we all went back to our lodge to rest before the Holy Day services and Bible Study starting in the morning.  
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