We had a good night’s sleep in comfortable accommodations. This is the first time we’ve had a shower in our room that works properly (other than the Game Park). I’ve found there are typically two water temps in Africa: COLD and SCALDING. Our toilet flushes too, so we are thankful.
It was the usual for breakfast: eggs and brown bread. I’m looking forward to making my own food. Our coffee is decent but has always been served with fake powdered creamer. When I ask for milk, it always comes hot – except when you pour hot milk into hot coffee, it curdles. My first stop when I get to DC is Starbucks.
We drive to another village to meet with other American missionaries, Dick and Suzi, who are from Indiana. They come to Malawi each year to serve. Again, we sit through several speeches and enjoy a few short skits, which are used to teach the children about topics such as prostitution, drinking and AIDS. Drama is a very effective teaching tool, but the children seem so young to be hearing such strong messages. They must grow up so fast here.
We saw more dancing and singing (this time with drums, which was the first time I’ve seen instruments incorporated) and tribal dance with masks.
We distributed many more dresses and then went to where Dick and Suzi were staying, where they treated us to a nice lunch: potato soup with fresh bread, papaya, tea & cookies. It felt very American and it was nice to share it with other Americans.
They were staying with the Namikango Mission, which is also run by a couple from Texas. They are a young family with two small children. I marveled at how they were willing and able to raise their tiny family in Malawi. Here they teach local bible students how to become Pastors. They also teach agriculture and house a maternity clinic. In addition, they run a primary school, so our job today was to paint 244 squares of plywood with primer. They will then get two coats of chalkboard paint, so the children will have a place to do their school work.
At night, we debriefed about what seemed to work and what didn’t work. Rachel is constantly trying to meet the needs of the Malawian people. She is committed to these people and she will be back time and time again. I could tell that she was genuinely seeking our input so that she could make the next trip even better!
Our time here in Malawi is winding down. We played our final game of cards. I’m going to miss these people who have become my friends.