Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Crocodiles are a very real threat to the locals who live out in the country.
Laundry--a very normal activity of daily life in the bush is done in local rivers and bodies of water. Murky, dirty waters, are perfect hiding spots for crocodiles. These crocodiles pose a real threat to people going about normal daily activities such as laundry. This is exactly how this man, whom MAF was called about, received his crocodile bite. Doing laundry.
This is the even sadder part of the story. Due to the amount of spirit worship, and tribal beliefs on the island, there's a huge amount of bondage to superstitions and what-not. We have been told by others that it's not uncommon for people to feel as though they must save or hang on to amputated appendages for their afterlife.. one of my friends has had a first-hand experience viewing a saved hand or foot of an unfortunate person.
The man who suffered this trauma from the crocodile to his arm was too afraid for various reasons to come to the city where he could have received help. After counsel and explanations of the help available, he still declined. MAF did not do the flight. The man was not brought to Tana.
Situations where help is refused do occur. And it's a reminder for us to continually pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten hearts, and for their souls to be saved; that many people would be released from the bondage of superstitions, and they would find freedom in Jesus alone.
Monday, September 15, 2014
At the end of August, Faith and I (Karina) had the privilege of traveling to Canada for my brother's wedding. We are so thankful that we were able to make the trip. It was short, but so worth it! Faith briefly reconnected with her close friends and cousins during our trip, and spent quality time with Oma and Grandparents on Vancouver Island. Summer even decided to stick around for us, which was a bonus!
We attended my brother's wedding near the end of our stay in Canada, and it was such a beautiful wedding. Congratulations Ricky and Krista! We are looking forward to seeing you again next summer!!
Monday, August 11, 2014
At the Hangar, this month has been full of audits, meetings, creating and editing documents... and of course serving by flying lots!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
7:00-7:30am: Wesley is grabbing his go-to breakfast, homemade granola. After breakfast the kids are cleaning their rooms and playing Lego. Calvin colored, played with play-doh and did stickers all morning.
|Even in Madagascar, at Shoprite, they keep the gum and candy conveniently located at the cashier for kids to want while we are waiting in line.|
|Banner showing Malagasy support for the World Cup|
|More pictures by Faith - visiting dad at work - sharing the croissants, and having a coffee.|
|Fuelling the truck at the local Shell station|
|Calvin using the Tag Reader - such a great toy!|
|Post-Kids'-Bedtime, parents' relaxing quiet time.|
Thursday, June 26, 2014
We had our own little paper lantern parade in the dark. The kids looked forward to this night, with fond memories of their last Independence day in Madagascar two years ago. :) Fun.
Madagascar was a former French colony, and became an independent country in 1960.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Our latest project at the house - finished! (aka. functional) Rob would still like to make a wooden frame to go around to hide the rough edges and make it look pretty. But for now, we are enjoying our newest source of heat upstairs where we often relax together at the end of the day.
Rob started this welding project at the MAF Garage during July 2012, our first winter in Madagascar. The following June we came to Canada and enjoyed summer with everybody there! And when this winter arrived in June we were all anxious to see the project finished and working!