Tuesday, July 26, 2011
That's what it sounds like, anyway. We have zapped 5 rats so far with the amazing Leboffe Rat Zapper. When they're up there scurrying around, it sounds like they're kicking a ball to each other. Fun for them, but not for us, keeps us awake and we don't know if they're carrying disease as well. We still have at least one of them up there, who we think is not taking the bait since he's seen all his buddies get electrocuted on the zap mat.
Monday, July 25, 2011
A chitenje is the multi-purpose, can't do without, colourful piece of material every Malawian woman has got!
It's a rectangular piece of fabric about 2m by 3m. It is used as a wrap over a skirt, to carry children, as a shawl in the cold or rain, and as a head wrapping. All the village women wear them. They are less common in the city, as professional women wear uniforms or current western fashions.
Some of the girls on the Ahtanum team brought their own pieces of fabric from the US with them. Before they returned home they sorted through their things and decided to leave their US chitenjes behind. None of the locals claimed them and so some cute girls asked if they may have them and have worn them on more than one occasion already:)
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
We went with the Ahtanum team to the lake for their debrief. We had a super time. The food was great and the weather was gorgeous. You'd never say we were in the middle of winter.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The day after the high school team left we had another team arrive. They are from Ahtanum in Washington. They did a VBS for the children from our church and it went well in spite of the fact that the country was experiencing riots in all the major cities. The team was kept safe and even though they had to cancel some of their work with the village church they still managed to share the gospel with many folk. We enjoyed having them with us.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Place already prepared mouse in a cone and cover completely with vanilla ice cream so as to deceive the partaker aka the team leader.
Have partaker in a good position so all can see as he licks away.
When partaker realizes he is going for a mouse, everyone laughs uncontrollably.
Partaker passes on the challenge to a team member. Daniel ate the entire mice cream and was awarded a second helping at dinnertime and first in line to dish up.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
We celebrated together with the high school team and the residents of ABC campus. The high school team especially enjoyed the fireworks. They bought some in town and were just thrilled at the thought of setting them off themselves. It is against the law in California to set off your own fireworks. Some fireworks pretty good and the team got a kick out of putting one or two little fires out which started as well...oops!
Uncle Sam's hats for dessert with ice cream
Friday, July 1, 2011
Grace Community Church in Sun Valley sent a high school team of 22 kids with 4 leaders to support the ministry here in Lilongwe. For about two weeks, they worked on various projects like revamping bathrooms on the ABC campus, adding a roof onto the back porch of our house and church office and building a wall around the church plant in the Mtsiliza village. What a delightful group of young people! They were such an encouragement and a blessing. Our nephew, Jake Biedebach from Texas joined the team on their flights and stayed with us for the time they were here too. The kids don't really know their cousin and so it was great that he could spend time with us and get to see what life is like here in Malawi.