More About the Willards...
Adam Willard: We're in town this weekend for buying the very last of the building materials for our team members' homes. They may be completely finished within just two weeks! I've learned a lot during this time and have had some great people to work with, but I'm very much looking forward to the crazy efforts of home-building on Nosy Mitsio being finished! Then we've just got to outfit the homes (we've already taken care of much of it) and not much longer and our team will arrive!
Adam Willard: Another delay! I've been in town again, more work for the team homes' construction (without Lora with me) and yet another unexpected delay at the last minute! You know, everything here is delayed all the time and when I'm with Lora it's just a regular fact of life and no big deal. But when further delays keep me from being with her and Matimu, it becomes incredibly frustrating!
Adam Willard: Man! I've been in town for almost a week without Lora, to get more building materials for our team homes. We've already been delayed a couple of days because of access to materials so I've been getting antsy to get back. Today I woke up at 5 am, had everything packed and ready, and got to the Port only to find out a very small hole in our boat got slightly bigger and was letting in way too much water to make a safe trip. Apparently the original builder only used two nails on this particular board when he should've used three. :-( So we had to get it repaired, thankfully quickly (though it would've been nice to know earlier it could be repaired so quickly or I wouldn't have put it off at all), and we should be able to go again tomorrow. Nothing here happens when you expect it to, but it's especially exasperating when it's separating me from Lora and Matimu! And I haven't been able to contact her all day or get a text message to her (I guess no reception there at all today), so I hope she's not too worried that something happened to me at sea!
Adam Willard: I'm so excited that Stephen Kuert is back here in Madagascar serving as an Assemblies of God missionary with his wife! He's a friend from my first year in college when we were both on the same floor together. It's awesome God's called us both here to Madagascar at the same time!
Our newest story/newsletter is now on our website. It's about three days travelling across the ocean and being caught in sudden storms. Please read it and let me know what you think. And thanks again for all who prayed for our team boat or gave towards it - these are the first results!
Three Days at Sea | Madagascar Missions
Made it safely through three days journeying across the ocean! 240 kilometers in all (150 miles), lots of rain, a few big waves, and one big storm that took us totally by surprise. Thankfully, our boat drivers knew what they were doing! All in all it was a great trip, we caught lots of fish, we've finally got our team boat down here near Nosy Mitsio now, I'm back with Lora and Matimu again in town, and we're waiting for better weather to head back to Nosy Mitsio again on the boat. God is good!
If you're the fishing type, you may appreciate this: we caught over 100 lbs. of fish by trolling along the way, and here's a picture of our biggest catch - about 25 lbs. It's called a "batula", but I have no idea what that's called in English.
We’ve been in South Africa now for just over a year. It’s crazy how time flies! I can still vividly recall our goodbyes at home, our initial training, our various expectations for what South Africa would be like, all our ideas of what we might do here. Our perspective has definitely changed in most of [...]
Just a few days from now, on Sunday, we’ll be leaving the US again to head back towards Madagascar! We’ve really had a great time in the States, but as great as this time has been for us, it also really feels like it’s time to get back to Madagascar…