Good 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.