After a long stay in North America, we are back home in Malawi. We had a good time visiting with friends and family. We also welcomed the newest member to our family, Eli James.
The past few months have been very busy for Emily and I. Along with our regular work of building and maintenance, and teaching for Emily, we have been helping to care for our kids who have gone off to secondary school.
The past several months have been very busy for Emily and I. With two weddings and many receptions, there was not much time to rest in September, October and November. We had a great time visiting and meeting friends all over Canada and the USA, as well as here at home in Malawi.
"The first half of this year has been very exciting! There has been a lot of joy personally! While new construction projects have been a bit slower, it has allowed for more personal time.
"I am just coming off a small holiday in Canada. I had a great time visiting with family and friends and sharing many of the highlights of the year as well as some of the challenges that come through daily life here. It is good to be able to share in a much more personal way.
"The last few months have been busy….to say the least! There has been hardship both here in Malawi and in Canada, and I made a short trip home due to tragedy. In and through all, the Lord is good, and He is faithful.
"The past few months have been a mix with a lot of 'ups' and some 'downs'. I have seen a lot of progress in regards to site development and the care and skill that the builders are putting into their work. In September one of our builders died, and that was very hard for all of us. Jeke had been training here for several years and late last year we had promoted him to full builder. It was of comfort to see his co-workers support Jeke and his family through his time of illness and death.
Life in Bangula never stops! There are several projects that I have been overseeing. We are about to commission the construction of a new water system, which will include a new tower and tank. Praise God for the provision of quality drinking water.
The second stage of our school development is now in its finishing stages. Several other projects (though begun) are currently on hold due to a brick shortage. We rejoice in the Lord's faithfulness, as there have been no work stoppages due to the lack of some supplies.