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Our team bringing in the New Year with great Malagasy friends here in town (unfortunately not celebrating in our villages on Nosy Mitsio because of boat motor repairs being done, after rats damaged our motor). LOTS of scrawny chickens and a big goose were the main dishes and showed us a novel (and pretty funny) way of killing the chickens, a method he had learned growing up in Tanzania.
Merry Christmas from Madagascar! We're getting used to warm Christmases here in the southern hemisphere, but we miss celebrating this wonderful season with our friends and family back in the north. We've got a lot of catching up to do in a couple of years!
We're thankful to have a team to spend this Thanksgiving with! Ate Thanksgiving goat today. We were hoping to find some duck or chicken but despite no luck there, at least we had some meat and some mashed potatoes!
Adam Willard: Ate sea turtle for dinner tonight! I really thought it was beef when they gave it to me (a HUGE hunk of red meat) but it was turtle. It tasted great and Lora thought so too; though actually thinking about it made it difficult for her to eat. Still, we don't pass up the rare chance for red meat out here!
Adam Willard: We've all made it safe and sound to Nosy Mitsio and our team members are all currently enjoying their homestay and learning to adjust to their new lifestyles in their village communities here. To our team members' parents and grandparents: they should get a chance to call you briefly by sat phone on Nov 24th.
Heading by bus/boat to Nosy Mitsio early tomorrow morning - finally time for our team to move there and get started in their new lives! Pray especially for our team members (and their children) during their homestays over the next week. Basically, we're throwing them in the deep end and it's sink or swim. I'm sure they'll be fine and it will be a very meaningful time for them and their new communities, but it can also be a rough transition, so please pray.
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Our whole team, all together! This is before leaving Tana. Now we have one week before leaving Ambilobe, then we finally all move out to Nosy Mitsio together! We won't be posting much for a while after this; but we appreciate your prayers for us as we lead our team, and for our team members as they learn a new life and language.
Early last winter, we accompanied one of our primary schools to a far-off township as their “Under 12” boys’ soccer team competed for the title of provincial soccer champions. It was an exciting time for us, to take an all-day trip with some of our school’s students and almost all the staff to a place [...]
We visited South Africa and Tanzania between April and June 2013, visiting the village where we used to be PCVs, some training in Tanzania, a safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, and visiting a missionary team in an Alagwa village in Tanzania.