Shirley meeting Auntie Evelyn for the first time
Hanging out on Auntie Jellie's back
We kept pretty busy in Lilongwe. We spent a lot of time with family and we went to two different weddings! Kwacha's friend, Kondi, did his first wedding while we were there and his whole church was invited so we went along. It was pretty fancy, held in Area 10 where all the diplomats live. It took place in a beautiful garden.
Our plans are to be involved with Kondi's church plant when we move. Kondi and Patricia Nyanda were able to come to California for the Truth Matters conference last October and we spent a lot of time with them, so I am thankful that I already have a friendship with Patricia. They have two sweet kids, Warren and Karen. There is also another couple, Newton and Vanessa Chilungulo, (they were sent out from Living Hope Church in South Africa to work with the church plant), who arrived in Malawi two weeks before we came. Newton and Vanessa were both born in Malawi and they have a sweet little girl, Aya. We were able to spend a lot of time with them as well and I already feel like I have known Vanessa for a long time. She was so easy to talk to.
Sunday morning at the church plant
The Chilungulo's, Nyanda's and Simwaka's
My Malawian friendies!
Karen and Shirley :)
We also spent some time with all the missionaries in Malawi sent out from Grace Community. We had dinner one night with the Ayre's and the Floreen's and we had dessert another night at the Biedebach's. CAPA, Central African Preaching Academy was recently launched in Lilongwe. This is something they have been planning for a long time, so it's exciting to see it begin. The plans are also for Kwacha to teach there when we move, alongside Jim Ayres.
I am so sad that somehow I didn't get a picture with all the Ayre's and Floreen's. :( But here's one pic of Shirley and Naomi Floreen at least. They are two months apart.
The Biedebach's. Anita served one of Kwacha's favorite desserts, Mulva (sp?) pudding!
Since our trip was longer this time, we also had some days where we could just hang out at home. This was so nice. We went shopping a few times. Malawi has some really nice grocery stores. And Shirley loved spending time with her Aunties and cousins.
Hanging out on Jellie's porch (My necklace and earrings were a gift from my nieces :)
Shirley enjoyed "skating" on the polished floors
Chipiku, one of the more popular grocery stores
Chigo and Shirl
This just may be my favorite pic from the trip. It was actually on our drive home from Mzuzu.
When we visited Malawi the first time, I fell in love with the chitenjes. They are useful in many ways; carrying babies on your back, keeping your clothes clean from the dust or while cooking, keeping your hair out of the way, etc. I really wanted to get some last time but I never found a place where they were selling them. This time Patricia helped me out and we got a whole bunch!
Mom and I sporting the chitenjes.
I'll be back with more! ;)