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Mission to Malawi 2022-April 29th-Karey


 Acts 27:23 Paul is talking to the men aboard his ship and his jailors just before they wreck, “For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,” I want to identify as one who belongs to God and worships him. The freedom this gives is amazing!

Little bit earlier start this morning because we had to go have covid tests done. We had to go to the clerk first to pay for our tests. There was already a line. It took about an hour and a half just to get to see the clerk! There were only two people ahead of us! So we waited patiently and chatted with a lady from South Africa waiting for the same thing. When we finally got in I had to work really hard to stifle my laugh. This man moved so slowly and his office was piled high with papers and files and all sorts of things! I was a little afraid he would lose our passports on his desk as he worked! If you’ve seen the movie Zootopia, he made me think of the sloth at the license office. That made it even harder to not laugh. I did not dare make eye contact with Janine! We finished & got outside where we could giggle then drove around the building to actually get our swabs done. The lady who assured us she’d take care of the timing for US reentry wasn’t there so we are praying the man who did it understood what we needed!

After the tests we went to a shop to purchase two more suitcases. After buying souvenirs we had too much weight for one bag each! Ha! Then we drove up the hill to see what’s been done on the church at Zomba that they’ve been building. Nothing much has been done since we were there last. It still needs a door and appears the floor is still curing. All good. Then back in town for lunch and home to pack & clean up.

We got as much packed as we can until we actually leave tomorrow morning. Janine & I played a couple rounds of pool and then the group came by and we got a group photo. I will miss these folks! They are all wonderful, kind, fun, happy and love the Lord.

Oh my goodness! Dinner was so yummy! Lasagna in edible bowls! Another shortened round of phase 10 then bed. I’m full and sleepy!

(continued 4/29/22)

I slept well last night. I am sad to be leaving but happy to be going home to see my family. I miss them! I am so grateful to have gained more family here, though! Janine & Lita have become wonderful, fun sisters I can talk and laugh with. Ed has become a wise (sometimes a wise guy) older brother and Ovi has become like the annoying little brother who still manages to do great things. Ha! I’ve grown to love the Cornea kids and look forward to hearing from them after I go home! The rest of the team has been wonderful! I will miss Stanley & Samuel and their beautiful families.

I finished the book of Acts this morning and found myself feeling sad and yet prompted to continue sharing the gospel. In Acts 29: 26-27, Paul quotes Isaiah “Go to this people, and say, You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” This so describes people in America today (and I’m sure elsewhere). But I thought, too, that they will not even need to close their eyes or ears or heart if I (and others) are not telling them the good news of Jesus. My prayer and desire is to continue the intentional sharing of the gospel when I get home. I know it will be a little trickier as I will have a household to tend to, but I know that with God’s help, it can—and must be done!