A Report From Malawi

Malawi 1 #1Good morning from Malawi! Sorry for not sending a longer report yesterday but we are all very tired, including the leaders. After our four flights and many hours of waiting in four different airports, we cleared Malawi customs without any problems along with all of our bags. We loaded into the Teen Missions truck and began the journey to Chipoka.
The team was overwhelmed by the sights and smells that Malawi had to offer. As we drove, many children would wave to the new visitors that had just arrived, making them feel welcomed in the warm heart of Africa. Normally it takes about two hours to get to the base. However, Satan had already started his attacks, and our truck started to overheat about an hour into the trip and we pulled over to let it cool down. We have to go up a couple small mountains to get to the base and the hills and weight on the truck caused it to overheat. We finally got moving again and almost made it to the base when the truck stopped and I had to pull off to the side of the road. We prayed as a team and within 20 minutes the staff man from Teen Missions had it fixed.
We arrived at the base tired, sore, and dirty. But at last we made it to the base! The staff had a meal of rice, beans and greens for us. After eating, we sorted the duffels to see what things might have exploded. Thankfully, all of the food and kids things made it without busting. The team is excited to be heading for our project site in Mangochi on Friday. 
Olivia Mincone – A year ago I never thought I would be here, but now I am so glad I am. Although the plane rides were long and boring, it was worth the trip. The truck ride to the base was amazing, between seeing the complete change of culture, and the beautiful view, I am already loving Malawi.


  1. Dear Leaders… we appreciate the good work you are doing. We realize that you may not get to inform us much as you or we would like. However, we realize that you are ‘working’.. ..and need to keep at it. Having teens with Teen Missions in the 70’s, when we didn’t hear from them except for paper letters… we are grateful for modern technology…. and you are doing outstandingly well. We THANK YOU!

  2. Heather Andreasen

    We realize that getting online may be difficult but could you try to give updates twice a week like we were informed you would? It’s hard as parents to go from seeing our children online nightly to having them be overseas and not knowing how they are doing. We would greatly appreciate it! Hope the team is doing well!!

    • Heather, We (along with the leaders) do everything in our power to get these reports posted in a timely manner. It is not always possible, especially when they go to remote areas. They may spend hours getting into a town to post a report only to find the electricity or internet out. We have also had reports sent but never received. I am trying very hard to keep up with those “missing” reports and contact the leaders, but with another Boot Camp going on and Preteens arriving today, it can prove difficult at times.

      • Heather Andreasen

        Thank you SO much Beth! When I sent that message I had missed the one that was written on June 28th. (It may have been one floatin’ in cyber space). 😉 That would have made a huge difference. I was worried about their safety and if they were alright. We completely realized it’s difficult on all ends to keep communication up and we appreciate ALL that the leaders and team back at Boot Camp are doing. Thank you so much!

        • Heather, I went back in the days before email and the parents didn’t hear from us at all while we were in PNG!

  3. So happy you all are there safe! You guys look incredibly clean! God bless you in all of your work! We love you

  4. So glad you all made it safely. Will continue to pray for good health and team spirit. God Bless you all! 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for the update!! So thankful you made it, praying for rest and an amazing refreshing from God! Can’t wait to see what God does through the Malawi team!

  6. I’m so glad to know you finally arrived to the village! I pray for health, strength to accomplish all God has called you to do this summer, and for joy as you serve each other as well as the people of Malawi!

  7. Praying for the Malawi team! Thank you so much for the update!

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