Many of you have been very patient--wading through page after page of my observations about our mission experience--much of it pretty dry stuff. But Malawi is anything but dry--it is constantly on the move and colorful. Let me share a few pictures from the last few days, capturing far better than I can the vibrancy of living here:
|Newly- constructed entrance to the Zingwangwa Building. A ramp has finally be built to improve access. It's a bit of a hassle, with the switch backs, but at least it's much safer for the sight impaired, the elderly and the young.|
Some of our favorite people. President and Sister Chikapa, Nimrod leaning against his mother. This past weekend President Chikapa was called to serve as the first counselor in the new Blantyre District Presidency. President Matale is the new District President and Gabriel Chinomwe the second counselor.
Two women walking above the Limbe market, wearing the traditional wrap called as "chitenge."
|This is a very common scene. Men standing on the back of a flatbed truck, catching a ride or on their way back from an afternoon job.|
|A truck carrying a huge load of bed mattresses.|
|Sisters Thueson and Solomone, helping out with the preparations for the post-wedding receptions for Bring Andrea and his wife.|
|The Gopani's youngest daughter. Until recently, she would cry whenever she saw me.|
You can see who is in charge here. Young children are amazingly well-behaved during church services.
Elder Slade (from the United States, via Germany, where his family currently resides on a military base), carrying drinks for the reception. He helped out but didn't stay around to dance, I wonder why.
|Carole with Sister Bring and Sister Banda.|
|Lyford Ngwira of the Blantyre 2nd Branch. He is always willing to help out with music for wedding and engagement receptions.|
|Sister Mwale and Carole taking a breather at the reception. Like all Malawian women, Sister Mwale is an excellent dancer.|
|Yes--this mother is really carrying two children.|
|This is "Shupe." Her real name is "Hlupekire," so you understand why she goes by Shupe. She is the Mwale's granddaughter and the daughter of Juliet Simbeye.|
|Matched pair and wonderful dancers.|