I have drafts on about a dozen posts about my summer. I’m still trying to figure out how to get back to blogging. I thought maybe I could kick start my creativity by posting one of my “famous” foot pictures!
We were wrapping up our summer with a “debrief” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While out souvenir shopping with my group, I came across this manhole cover (most of the sewer accesses we saw did not have covers and did not have any sort of warning that there was no cover- an American lawyer’s DREAM!) and dragged my group over and forced them to take part in my picture! They think I’m weird…what else is new?
Wait until I start showing you some of the souvenirs I brought home!
The cover says “MUNICIPALITE ADDIS ABEBA”. I like this one.
The goat wandering by on the street also thought I was weird…
Today (or maybe tomorrow, I’m not exactly sure!) my sister Whitney and her son Mitchell have packed up her truck and a U-Haul and will be heading out for Colorado to start their new life.
And my brother Phil has packed up his Suburban with his four kids and my sister Liz’ two kids and has hitched that U-Haul up and is heading out to take Whitney and Mitchell to Colorado.
There’s a little part of me that feels bad that I miss so much of my family’s “happenings” because of my involvement with Teen Missions over the years. Like I have missed nine of my mother’s birthdays, for example. And I’ll miss having nearly all my family together in Colorado this summer while I’m gone. BUT, sometime very late this evening my team will be leaving Boot Camp for Malawi, and what a blessing God has given me to be able to spend the summer with a group of teenagers who have given their summers up in order to minister to African children. I’m glad that my family understands that I miss things not because I want to, but because the Lord has called me to do something else.
Whitney and her son are going to take over taking care of Mew Ling from my Dad when they get to Colorado. I’m sure my Dad will be glad about that!
Please pray for my team as we “pack-out”, and embark on our 8,200 mile journey from Orlando to Lilongwe (Malawi), and beyond. Please pray that all of us, and all of our luggage, arrive safely.
You can’t even imagine how excited we all are to get to Malawi and get to work…
(Posted in absentia)
While in Zambia in the summer of 2006, we (the girls), in order to be socially appropriate and inoffensive in our manner of dress, wore “chitenges” (pronounced chi’-tengies) over our pants whenever we were not in our tents.
Chitenges are a large pieces of material that are used as skirts, dresses, blankets, baby carriers, and probably a myriad other things. The patterns on these chitenges are regional and many of the prints are quite lovely…fabric art, really. The pictures in this post are a few of the prints on the chitenges I purchased (about 3 USD each) while in Zambia. These are not the chitenges I wore every day while I was there. I had three of those, and they are sort of beat up, have burn holes from when I got too close to the cooking braziers, and aren’t quite as pretty as these!
They are sort of difficult to walk in though, and we often found the edges of the garment getting caught between, or tangled around, our legs. I decided a good term for this phenomenon was to be ”chitengled”. This is a similar phenomenon to being “pajangled”, which is what I have learned it’s called when your pajamas get all twisted up around you while you are sleeping.
The women of many African nations utilize similar pieces of material in the same way. They call them by different names.
I am anxious to find out what they are called in Malawi, for that is where I will be going next summer when I lead a team there with Teen Missions!
Yep! I got my letter of invitation from TMI to lead the “Malawi Matron Unit” team! I’m mailing back my letter of acceptance today. What a privilege to be able to serve again next summer. To be able to return to Africa to do so is beyond exciting.
Malawi shares a border with Zamiba. I wonder if it will feel like I’m going “home” again.