Time sure does fly in between blog posts, doesn’t it? I can’t believe it has been over a month since we last posted something! This past month has been very full, which is most likely the cause for that…so to keep this blog post somewhat manageable and not overwhelming–here were some highlights!
- I (Miranda) celebrated my 25th birthday! We celebrated by going down to Dedza for the day. Dedza is about an hour south of Lilongwe, and is known for its beautiful pottery (right up my alley). They also have a beautiful outdoor cafe there. It was a lovely place to celebrate being a quarter-century old! And of course, we came home with a couple new mugs 😉
- Dan started coaching the U-11 soccer team with one of his friends here. They have two teams, an A Team and a B Team, and have games about once a week against some other school teams in the area. He has really been enjoying being involved with the team, and likes coaching a lot!
- I also spent about 10 days in the States in September, because my friend from college, Kelly, got married! I am so thankful that I was able to make it back for her wedding; it was a beautiful day and a blessing to be a part of it! I also was able to spend a few days in Springville while I was home, so it was great to be able to see some family too! I feel spoiled, like I was able to get my tank filled back up after just a short time away! I really do think it has made the transition a bit easier as well, which is always good.
- The day that I arrived back in Lilongwe, I had about 30 minutes to quick shower, and then repack my bags for a weekend trip! We headed to Cape Maclear for the weekend with a group from ABC for a triathlon! Dan and several others were participating in the event, and some of us were just along to cheer them on and enjoy the lake for the weekend 😉 It was Dan’s first organized race of any sort, and he did amazing! The event was a first, and it was really neat to see how many people turned out for it. It truly was a picture of a community coming together to put on something really amazing, and it was awesome to be a part of! So although it was a quick turn around for me, and I was a bit jet-lagged, it was a relaxing and fun weekend seeing a new part of Malawi.
- Last Friday was Reading Day at the Academy! It basically is a day where everyone dresses up as a character from a book, and then there is a parade and an assembly. I helped coordinate a Reader’s Theater production for the assembly, which was a first for me, but was a lot of fun! The whole day was great, and it was really fun to see what the kids came up with for costumes–a lot of them were very impressive!
- This past Saturday we went out to a ministry called Bright Vision in a village about 45 minutes from here that our friends Becca and Kellen are very involved in. It is an amazing example of a ministry that is utilizing the talents and abilities of local Malawians to bring about change in a community. They have a feeding program on Saturday’s, so we were able to help with that; they will serve a meal of beans, relish and nsima (a corn flour based dish similar to grits) to anywhere between 300 and 600 kids. Their organization also is involved in education, agriculture, support for child-headed households, and spiritual development. Be on the lookout for a new website for the organization soon! It really is an awesome ministry.
- Power and water have been very sporadic over the past month, which is the most obvious reminder we see each day that we are living in Malawi. For the most part it is fine, as we have a generator on campus that kicks on for meal time and the water normally comes back before we get too smelly 😉 but it can be frustrating at times. Like when you really need to do laundry or you can’t make coffee when you absolutely NEED it. 😉
- Also, I just killed my first flying cockroach
So those are some of the highlights of the past month! Truthfully I feel like most days we are just trying to figure out what it looks like to do life here with intentionality and integrity. The questions that we ask about how we spend our time and how we can invest in Kingdom business are not really very different from the questions that we were asking as we lived in New Hampshire. We are seeking to glorify God through our day to day lives here, and want to continue to ask us to be in prayer with us as we seek wisdom to do that!