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Off the the village

Off we go!  Taking my team mate Elizabeth Dymock for her village stay.  She is doing an intership with Global Interaction here in Malawi and as part of that she is staying in a village for a week.  She has been faithfully learning language for 7 months and now it is being put to the test as we send her out.

On Friday at ladies group Liz asked to be prayed for as she was a bit uncertain about it all.  In great confidence all the ladies reassured her it was a great idea.  Particularly to humble herself and show she was willing to be the learner in the situation.

The group announced that they would then come with me to escort Liz to the village.  How awesome to have such a gang!

We loaded up yesterday and off we went.  The road was terrible and the ladies car sick (as they don't go in cars much).  We wound up the mountain and then down the dirt track, bouncing our way over a million boulders.  The Old Troupe Carrier clawed its way through!

We all met the hosts in the village, discussed what Liz should do with them, and prayed a blessing over them all.  It is a stretch for Liz to stay in an African village, but it is also a new situation for the hosts.  I was so excited in seeing the ladies group jump on board with their support.

Please pray for Liz as she experiments with her language and cultural learning.  She is keen to jump into the deep end.  Join with us as we celebrate the spirit of community that is being built.  It is so much better doing things together,  makes the long road a lot less lonely!!

 

I have a great photo of this, but I cannot seem to post it!  Sorry. Will put the photo on Facebook instead.

 

Holiday Snaps

Here are some holiday snaps from our recent stay down in South Africa.  The boys labelled it the best holiday ever.  We made a conscious effort to do 'family adventure' activities.  It was great for us all!  Knowing there are lots of things the boys miss out on living in Malawi, it was such a blessing to make the most of this holiday!  Thank you to those who contributed to this, and for praying for us.  We had the best time!!

 

Please Pray - update

This weekend holds some issues for us that need covering with prayer. 
I have a lump in my breast, that is probably an absus from a recent bout of mastisis.  Praise God we have found a German doctor in the country who is a specialist in these areas and will be seeing me on Friday in Zomba (2 1/2 hours drive away).  Pray that there will be facilities available to do the treatment necessary, as there is no mamogram machine in the country and the Zomba hosital is very limited with resources.
We will then be travelling to stay in the Global Interaction Blantrye guesthouse.  This is where all the Malawi and Mozambique teams stay whenever we need to anything medical, business or shopping etc.  Blantyre is the largest city in Malawi.  This house recently however (last week) was robbed by a gang of 12, who tied up our night guards, and our caretaker and his family to cut the bars with bolt cutters and chiselled out the door lock of the front door.  Please pray for safety for us as we are staying in this house over the weekend.
Thanks for being so much a part of our journey here.
Love Mel

Some Prayer Points

Praise God for our safety after a village turned on Tim.
Pray for our health, particularly Clayton who has Bilhazia at the moment.
Pray for an honesty and truth to prevail admist the work here.
Pray for a continued movement of the spirit in people's lives here, and that we will be receptive to his leading.
And for the age old prayer point.... Language.  That we continue to soldier on and not give up.  All good things come to those that wait (and work really hard at it!)

Global Interaction, The Downes Family