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Adam Willard: We've been trying to leave Nosy Mitsio to go to the mainland for over a week now, but the east wind just won't stop. Today was the first time it stopped; we got everything and everybody loaded up in the boat and right after we started driving away, the east wind came back! It's just that time of year. At least we don't have an urgent need for going to the mainland. We'll just keep trying!
Adam Willard: Had a great time with some local missionary friends visiting us on Nosy Mitsio over the last week! It's always great to share our new home with others, and even more so when they're nearby friends who've been such a big help and encouragement to us. Wish they could've stayed longer!
I recently wrote a review for Friends of Atticus, discussing Max Barry's awesome book, Lexicon, and considering how culture creates language, or how language defines our thoughts, or even how language, when used properly, can manipulate the thoughts of others. That's the premise of the book anyway, and it's a great read!
Lexicon by Max Barry
Here's a video of how our home on Nosy Mitsio was built, along with a walkthrough of our house after we moved in. We built it with local materials and similar to the local style, so there's lots of footage from around our island and our village. Enjoy!
Surprised by a post-Ramadan flash mob at our house today! Out of nowhere, about 50 guys showed up to do some singing and dancing, to greet us and to give us a blessing for the year to come. We were also expected to treat them with bread and juice which we definitely did NOT have ready and waiting for a group that big. But we improvised quickly and they moved on to the next village. We're always learning more about the local culture, but it'd be great if sometimes we learned something ahead of time, before we're expected to know how to respond!
We have a new story up on our website! It's about an especially terrible plant that grows on our island, and about the invisible things in life that grab our attention and control our lives. Let me know what you think!
The Unseen World | Madagascar Missions
Bat is a delicacy here in Madagascar and now is the season for it, so I ate bat for lunch today! Not as good as I hoped, mostly because there wasn't much meat on it at all. The meat tasted mostly like chicken, but had a funny sort-of dry aftertaste. The sauce was nice though. The second photo is bats being sold at the market here in Ambilobe. There are a TON of huge bats on Nosy Mitsio, but no one eats them there because most people have a taboo against them.
It’s finally time! After more than a decade of waiting and preparing, it’s now time for us as a family to move to Madagascar and join God’s work there. We’ll be leaving in late September or early October at the latest. It was 1999 when God gave me a vision to go to Madagascar. At that time I [...]
Big and pregnant, waddling from my car and through the automatic sliding door, I crossed into the world of “baby”. From front to back and top to bottom and everywhere the eye could see, baby products greeted me with vivid thoughts of my soon-to-be-born son… how I would take walks with him and what it [...]