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Sunday, November 24, 2013


We are blessed with a fairly large community of fellow missionaries in Madagascar. Within this group effort has been made to form ties between families, to build a support system for each other, and to provide opportunities for friendships, for adults and children outside of the ministries each of us are involved in.

It's a tricky group. One in which you find yourself the 'newbie' and the 'oldie' all at the same time. Because furloughs happen, and new workers join all the time, there are always new people and old people coming and going. There are always new faces. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with the changes. But if we look past how often we meet with any particular group of the same families and individuals, and look at why each of us is present, it's really easy to make connections and bond. Not only are we all serving in a country other than where our passport is issued from, we are all servants of Christ. We are all part of the big family of believers.

We had the privilege of hosting this month's gathering, and it was so much fun to have over 50 people over in the yard and the kids playing games. Even though the rain sprinkled a little bit, it didn't dampen the fun the kids had together and the adults' fellowship with one another. We are so thankful for this community. And even though we recognize individuals come and go often, we pray that each one is blessed when they spend time together in this group, knowing we have the same Father and we're on the same mission.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

When Your Home is Burglarized

This lady was badly injured last week when her home was burglarized in their remote village. She was expecting a baby, and she suffered injuries requiring medical attention.

These pictures were taken by our Swiss Pilot, and the team preparing to bring the injured back to Tana. The doctor pictured, is Dr. Fernand, a local Malagasy doctor who spends a lot of time working with MAF on medical safari teams.

Once they arrived at the Hangar, a German missionary midwife used her ambulance to help transport the injured woman and unborn baby to the local hospital. The baby was later delivered prematurely, but the latest news we have is that both of them are doing well.

Please click on the pictures to see larger versions of them.

Fruits de la Saison

November brings the mango rains around Madagascar. All of the fruit stands are stacked high with green mangos.

This green box pictured above is a solar oven we purchased this summer for dehydrating fruits, even though it can be used for cooking. My missionary friends have told me of their experience cooking pizza, and breads, and even whole chickens inside, but I have yet to try that. But I want to!

Rob built the dehydrating rack inside, so it could accompany a few layers of fruits. Otherwise the solar oven is just an empty box, no racks included.

I have also discovered that his innovative drying racks make perfect cooling racks after a morning of baking!

All 'round, great success!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Spring in Mada / Fall in BC

and back in Madagascar - jumping in banana leaves is just as fun!