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Mission to Malawi 2022-April 27th-Karey

4/27/22

Missed yesterday. We were out early and back in late. We went on a safari through an animal reserve several hours away. It was fun, exciting and hysterical. We saw zebra, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, water buck, and lots of antelope. We might have gotten a tad bit lost at one point and were a little late getting back to the gate, but we made it out safely and had an absolute blast doing it.

This morning we headed into town to run a couple errands. First to the hospital to find out what we needed to do for covid testing to fly Friday. The lady who does the testing was very kind and helpful. We seem to find these people all over town and they all know Ovi. What a great proof of his testimony that so many people know and appreciate him. (The knowing part isn’t so hard—not many white people in town so he kinda stands out—but the appreciating part is good.) After getting our answers we went in to some local shops to do some souvenir shopping. This might not seem like a very missionary thing to do, but these shop owners have really had a hard time making a living in the best of times. With covid restricting travel there haven’t been many people buying souvenirs. They were all grateful for our support. We got inexpensive souvenirs and they get to feed their family. I’d say it was a win-win. And even this is building relationships for Ovi to share the gospel. After shopping we came home and sorted any wooden items to take to a government office to be checked for bugs and get paperwork allowing us to take them home with us. We had lunch here at the house-rice, cabbage & eggs that the women had fixed for the bible school young men. It was yummy and filling. After lunch we headed out to Nasedegu again for Bible study. We each shared the gospel using the evangecube to show them how to use it. Then Pastor Jonah did it too! It would have been nice had one of the women done it, but they are quite shy around visitors. Ovi brought cookies and soda for everyone to enjoy after the service. It was an enjoyable way to say goodbye (if that is possible).

We came home and Ovi began grilling sausages and chicken legs for dinner but had a phone call so Ed finished it up while we chatted. After dinner Janine & I tried to teach them a new trick but somebody couldn’t remember how it worked. We might have laughed so hard we cried. (not for the first time and probably not the last.) We then taught Ovi & Lita how to play Phase 10 and there was much more laughter and teasing. We may have stayed up far too late, but it was good. Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” I am so glad for the joyful hearts of all I’ve been blessed to serve with this past week and a half. It has been hot, hard, and sometimes even sad, but I feel like the loving, joyful hearts around me have helped keep my eyes on the Lord’s work and to share the joy of Christ for those who have little reason to be joyful otherwise.

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