I think that all the southerners are really starting to wear off on us all. “Y’all” has really become a phrase that most of the team has caught onto, thanks to our head leaders, the Yoders. We have been in Malawi a full week now and our days are now very much routine. We wake up at 6 AM and are immediately off to the fresh-water bore hole for our morning water run. This is great for the team as it is chilly in the morning and gets their blood moving. This process takes about an hour, depending on if any of the locals have formed a line there or not. When the troops march back in at 7AM, breakfast is hot and ready for them. We then have our morning devotions for a half an hour and then our work day begins. In regards to drilling, we have hit sand today and have made very little progress. We are trying to analyze what is going on underground with our limited abilities, so we ask for family and friends to pray for the drilling process to proceed smoothly so that we find water.
Yesterday was our team’s first opportunity to play with the orphans and local children. Many villages have heard that we are here, so we had well over 50 children. Our team played “Chicken, Chicken, Goat,” volleyball, “Mingle,” soccer and were blessed to teach them how to play Frisbee for the first time in their lives. Our team was so thrilled.
We have all been eating like kings! Our menus have consisted of eggs and bacon breakfast bake with hash-browns, homemade onion and garlic biscuits, red pepper onion soup with potatoes, gourmet stir- fry with beans, cabbage and eggplant, wacky cake (chocolate) with the BEST chocolate frosting known to man. We even had pizza for our Canadian friends (me) on Canada Day. We are currently about to do our evening team devotions and retire for the evening. Please enjoy your children’s testimonies and we will report back soon. Everyone wishes God’s love and peace to our family and friends back home. If you are sending letters, we are in a very remote area and it is hard to receive them, however, we just sent out our letters home today. We hope that they reach you soon. God bless you all!
I’m so excited to finally be in Malawi! At first, our team was awkward with the kids here but we’ve learned how to communicate even though we don’t know their language. In the morning, we’re busy taking trips to the local bore hole pump and drilling our well, but in the afternoons, you can always find a group of us singing and dancing with the kids. It’s awesome to watch them become more and more comfortable with us -Mady Gabriel
I am having an awesome time in Africa! I am learning how to carry water on my head. It is hard and I spill sometimes. It is very fun to play with the orphans and teach them new games and songs. I worked on the well as the driller yesterday. It was fun. I am also having a lot of fun getting to know my teammates. I also am learning the many uses of a “salu” (wrapper), such as carrying babies, pot holders, skirts, blankets, head softeners, etc. -Rebekah Powers
Malawi is beautiful! This is definitely my favorite place I’ve ever been. I’m learning lots of things, like how to carry a bucket of water on my head, and daily I’m seeing God work in and through both me and my team. I’m looking forward to finding out all the things he has for us and all the ways we can serve him this summer. -Lydia Borko
I never knew I could love a place so much until the day I set foot in Africa. Rumphi is the most beautiful place with the most beautiful people and I’m loving every minute of it! I’ve loved getting to drill the well-it’s fun once you get the hang of it and we’re slowly making progress. The orphans are the sweetest kids in the world. More and more come to the rescue unit each day and its been great getting to interact with them! God is here and working in Malawi and I’m excited to be a part of his work this summer. God is good! -Emily White
Malawi is fabulous! Well drilling has been a roller coaster, but God’s in control. And Mr. Beaver is by far the best male leader possible. God has been changing my life for the better as well as changing the heart of this team. I definitely wish that this summer would never end. The only thing that I miss is a toilet. (I’m still adjusting to the squatty). Thank you to my family and all the supporters who got me here. -Teagan Bowie
Malawi is beautiful! We have mountains surrounding us and amazing sunsets. The orphans are very smiley, and bring a smile to our faces. The well drilling went pretty well the first couple of days, but is has really slowed down the last couple of days. Everything is going pretty well and everyone is pretty healthy besides a few colds! -Gwendolyn