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Adam Willard: We finally made it back to Nosy Mitsio! A few troubles at the Port this morning, but we found quick solutions and calm seas for traversing the ocean. Now the east wind is free to blow on us as hard as it wants for the next couple months, because we're not heading back to the mainland until October.
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Adam Willard: Our team is supposed to head back to Nosy Mitsio on Sunday. However, the east winds are already beginning to blow crazy strong (the super strong winds season seems to be starting a bit too early). So please pray that God would calm the winds, or give us wisdom in choosing when to travel.
When it rains, it pours.
In the last month, I've had my phone stolen, the lens on my camera broke, the battery on my laptop died and the charger is shorting out, and then last night, the coup de grâce: the internal hard drive on my laptop died. Lost some important work and other documents.
Well, at least I was able to buy a used hard drive in the downtown market today and am working on getting my laptop back up to full functionality. I have no idea why all this is happening at once! Maybe the salty air where we live.
At the guesthouse where we're staying in Tana, there's a small washing machine with a little window so you can see the clothes spinning around. Ever since Matimu first saw it a few years ago, he's been simultaneously terrified and fascinated by it. When we talk of "Tana", the first thing he always says is "washing machine!"
Well, this time that we've been here, the machine has been broken and Matimu has still enjoyed seeing it just sitting there immobile on the lawn and talks about it to his Malagasy friends he's playing with. Today someone has been trying to fix the washing machine and it's working slightly. Matimu runs around it at a wide angle and then cautiously approaches it to see it closer. While eating lunch, Matimu said:
"God made the washing machine soooo special" very matter-of-factly.
I think it's awesome what fascinates him growing up here and what ideas he latches onto. Of course we've been teaching him that God made everything, but that's easier to explain without exceptions on Nosy Mitsio (where there are few things that are man-made and a LOT of beautiful nature) and much harder when it comes to all the technology of a large city like Tana!
Lora to Matimu: "Would you like to have a brother or sister?"
Matimu: "Yeah... Could you make it please?"
So here it is! I know this ultrasound is a terrible photo, but that's our boy at 20 weeks. He should be arriving in early December. :-)
You can tell Matimu's grown up in rural Africa: we've been in town for a couple weeks now and he's amazed at all the different "machines".
In the grocery store the other day, he was shocked to see a door open and close without a person touching it. He was excited to see it, but also too afraid to try the "door machine" himself, so we used the manual door.
Yesterday, at the guesthouse we're staying at, he excitedly pointed to the faucet and exclaimed his realization: "That's a water machine!"
More photos from Antsirabe, a hiking trip to Ranomafana rainforest, a hiking trip through the ricefields and waterfalls of a nearby town (Betafo), Matimu’s accident, teaching at our friend’s school, and a visit to a distant Malagasy village for our first time to preach in Malagasy.
On a remote undeveloped island on the northwestern coast of Madagascar, we built ourselves a home. It’s made similar to the local style and with local materials. This video shows how it was built and also has a walkthrough of our home after it was finished…