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Adam Willard: Just over a week ago, while at home on Nosy Mitsio, I got some sort of kidney stone and/or infection and it was TERRIBLE! By far the worst pain I've ever felt in my life, and the worst of it lasted several hours. Residual pain lasted several days but finally antibiotics seemed to have taken care of the rest. It wasn't a pleasant time to be so far from any sort of professional medical care, but thank God for the authors of "Where There Is No Doctor"!
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New Beginnings | Madagascar Missions
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!
I’ve had the opportunity to visit or be a part of many different churches in many different states and several different countries by now. It’s been a real privilege to see the churches, meet their members, and many times join in myself, in places such as Rome, France, South Africa, Madagascar, and of course Arkansas, [...]
Every school here has a file folder labeled “Death Report.” At one of our schools it’s on the shelf right next to the “Leave Register”, the file for keeping track of teachers’ absences. At the other school, I’ve only ever seen it on the principal’s desk, ready to be used The principal’s desk is probably [...]