Monday, March 16, 2015
[This is the photo we took of Maxwell for our branch photo directory. Maxwell has a twin brother, Benson, who claims to be an hour older.]
[Maxwell was one of the three young men who helped with the Chikwawa humanitarian project, here resting at the final stop, just before we started to distribute the food packages to the flood-displaced refugees.]
Three options were considered for getting Maxwell into the mission field.
[Sister Nancy is the newest member of our branch, a lovely young lady. She was recently baptized by Elder Mwangi, who is from Nairobi, Kenya. The branch has a portable baptismal font in the backyard of the meetinghouse.]
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
When visiting with the Fisks, one of the two senior couples in Lilongwe, we were able to piece together part of the puzzle. Esther and her grandfather joined the Church in Lilongwe about eight months ago. Both of Esther’s parents died of AIDs years ago, and Esther, who was 18 when she passed away, was born with AIDs and it is likely that AIDs or some AIDs related illness was the cause of her death. She had at least the one sister, the one who attended the funeral. Esther’s grandfather comes from a prominent, and wealthy, family and is the cousin to the current president of Malawi. He was recently appointed the Malawian ambassador to China and moved to Beijing, taking with him Esther’s sister. The Chinese government apparently blocked incoming mail to his personal internet account, so until very recently none of his friends in the Church were able to contact him. China is one of the major trading partners with Malawi, most large infrastructure projects in Malawi being contracted out to Chinese companies. And while the grandfather comes from a well-known and well-connected family, it is common in Malawi for family members to be buried in the villages from which their family originally came, even if they have been away from home for many years.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Here is Alex with Brother Mkochi and Maxwell, the two other young men of the Zingwangwa Branch, who generously give of their time to help with the humanitarian project. If their chatter in the back of the truck, all in Chichewa, on the way home from the project is any indication, they appear to be fast friends.