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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.
Adam Willard: Well, the trip to take our boat down to Nosy Mitsio didn't happen today - some higher winds and continual rain kept us from leaving the harbor. But the forecast looks good enough for tomorrow, so please pray the weather will be good and stays good for a few more days, so we can make the trip down to Nosy Mitsio and then pick up Lora and Matimu at Port St Louis.
Adam Willard: We're stuck in the endless "tomorrow"! For weeks now, the story is always "it's coming tomorrow" or "it'll be finished tomorrow!" And when the next day comes, the story's still the same: "tomorrow"! It's so great to have a boat for our team, but it'll be much better when we finally arrive at "tomorrow" and we can leave this town and actually get back to Nosy Mitsio (on our new boat). Please pray for God to give us peace in this endless waiting, and for grace to adapt more quickly to the undeniable realities of life here in Madagascar!
“Mirary Krismasy sambatra!” We’re wishing you a merry Christmas from warm and sunny Madagascar! Though there may not be a white Christmas for us this year, we’ve been enjoying the great weather here and we’re excited to celebrate Matimu’s first Christmas with him. Our first few months in Madagascar have been great overall and we’re [...]
Hi everybody. I thought that I, Lora, would try my hand at writing one of these newsletters. I found it quite difficult to put into words how my experience in South Africa has affected and changed me. I was at the river one Saturday doing my washing, and when I finished I went for a [...]