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Monday, January 19, 2015

Backyard Science, Just For Fun

Living where we do, it is super easy to get outside and explore plants and animals/insects around us. Every now and again Rob will find a chameleon, in the yard, or at his the hangar or MAF Garage, and bring it home to show the kids. We will keep it around and observe it eating, climbing, sleeping, and pooping.  :) Recently, one of our chameleons shed its skin! It was fascinating to watch, and took much longer than I imagined it would. The process took a few days.

The other interesting bug we were able to observe, actually kind of terrifying for me, who is petrified of cockroaches and other creepy crawlies, is called a Giant Water Bug, or Toe-Biter--this bug was truly huge!

Yes, that's my toe in the photo. Appropriate?  :) This bug was at least 3 inches long. It was really yucky. Our cats were even scared of its enormously intimidating pinchers!

So there we have it. Just for fun, a little peak into some of our spontaneous science observations we have the opportunity to experience, living in Madagascar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Prayer Needs for a Family Close to Our Hearts

Recently, we have received difficult news from fellow missionaries who live on the West Coast side of Madagascar. They hold a special place in our hearts.

Four months after we arrived, Rob had the privilege to go along and help bring them back to the city, after Charity's premature baby arrived during the night.

Charity has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and in a whirlwind of a week, they have packed up their house and made plans to return to the U.S. for further tests and treatment. They are a family with 4 young children, similar ages to ours--and really just such a courageous family.

We are asking for prayer, firstly for God's peace in their hearts, as they process this information. That He would truly be their refuge and strength as they lean more into Him than perhaps ever before. Also, we ask for prayer that the correct oncologist could be found, and a treatment plan quickly formed. Of course, please also pray for God's miraculous healing. We know He can work miracles.

(Below is the original post on the Medevac MAF did in April, 2012)

Last night I received a phone call from Josh (our pilot) that there was a missionary couple in a remote area who was having pregnancy complications; she was having some quite serious contractions at 32 weeks and their midwife lives here in the capitol city, which is a 3-4 day drive away and there is no one else in the village to help them. It takes 1.5 hrs by air to get to the village. By the time we got the call last night it was already too late to go get them and we had to wait until first light. So we fueled the aircraft, prepared it for a stretcher, filed the flight plan and then came back home and set our alarms for 3:45am.

The plan was to take off around 4:30am, with her midwife on board and we planned to arrive at the village just after sunrise and bring mother and family back to Antananarivo for proper medical care. However just before takeoff we found out that the mother had already given birth to a 6 week premature baby girl around midnight with her husband on the phone to the midwife. So we took off and landed as planned, loaded momma and her beautiful newborn baby girl, as well as the rest of the family (3 other young children) into the airplane and started home. After our arrival and starting oxygen, the baby started to breath much better, and we kept the airplane low to keep oxygen levels as high as possible. Pray for mom and baby as the baby continues to develop and grow, I'm sure these next few weeks won't be easy for them but they are now in a place where they have the proper equipment and care and she is doing much better.

This is a good section of the main road out to the village where they live. 

It was such a privilege to be able to go and help in this way as well as see some more of Madagascar from the air.