Friday, January 25, 2008

Loving on the people...

That is what Analise does the best. ( Don't mind the messy hair :)) She is so full of life when we have people over. Daily she asks who are we having for dinner. So we had some friends over and she couldn't keep her hands off the baby. Dennis works for us as our gardener. He does such a wonderful job. We get to impact their lives and provide a living for this family.As Americans we are expected to employ someone. We came to ABC and Dennis and his cute family were already working at the house we live at... We love helping an local family here. His wife's name is Esther and his son's name is Alex and Victoria is the baby. She wanted to hold Victoria the moment she saw them. You can see that Esther is not very sure! It is so fun to have relationships that deepen who we are. They give us a deeper perspective. Life is simple and don't complicate it. We will keep on loving people especially Analise! Lots of love- Amy Louise

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ahh missionary life...

You all know that we have been here for 6 months now. We are loving living here and what are doing. The daily life is still adjustment. As we are told you (as Americans) will never fully be adjusted. It really is just a whole other world over here. Things are just different. Not bad different just different. Ask me in person one day. Maybe I could explain it to you. So- Okay so I am looking for things I love and that is the people. The people here are amazing. They live life to the fullest way they can. They work very hard and life is simple. They don't have much but They are such a community in every sense of the word. They don't do it alone. It really does take a village to raise a child. They all invest in each other. So awesome to be apart of. We get to see it even in our kids. We went over yesterday to a students house (Good and Christina)for an official Malawian Meal. Including Goat meat, Nsima (what they eat as a staple) cabbage, and other things that I don't know the name of. So much fun. But as Nya and Analise played with the Christina's kids that all I heard was laughing. As we left she tells us that Those kids were the "funnest kids in the world" How fun for her. They didn't even speak English. What a treat to hear that. That is an experience I pray that she will never forget. So next week they come to our house for a real American dinner! Spaghetti! Oh I don't what I will have! I pray that we will invest in people like that and that be apart of the community. We are thankful that we get to be here and impact our community. Students, staff, and workers that come and go. I pray that we will radiate Jesus in all that we do. Thank you all that are supporting us! We feel it daily. Thank you- Amy Louise

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy New Year...

It has been a quiet start to the year 2008 here in Africa. The College is still on break and the campus is quiet. Nya has about 1 more week of Christmas Break. It has rained every day here for a month. It is beautiful rain. Something special about rain in Africa. One day you all should experience it. It is so refreshing. We are healthy and plugging along. We have had many of the students over for dinners ( the ones that stayed on campus to work at the clinic, radio station or work as a guard at night.) It is been fun. They say that it has helped with their loneliness! Good! As we were able to take a small getaway to the lake. It was fun to go away as a family. We are doing very well here in Malawi. We have about 2 1/2 more weeks until the students come back and we are in full swing again. Bob will be teaching open air evangelism- he is going to do some thing fun like the apprentice type thing - more to come on that. 1 and 2 Corinthians and a political science class. I will be actually a class to the senior girls here on campus. That will be fun. I also will be involved with the outreach to the Lilongwe high school as you saw from earlier blogs. Also I will be helping in the clinic too. So with also being involved with the local orphanages we will be busy. As you know we have been attending a local church here which has been good. But there has been an opportunity to get involved with a new church that is being planted here by a local Malawian graduate from ABC. Yippee! we got to be apart of its beginnings. It is connected to the church in San Diego actually Flood. So it is Flood Malawi. What a treat and pray for us as we get connected with the community here! Good news from this side of the world. I found my camera! Thanks for praying. Small details that God gets involved in I love it.
So here what you can be praying for:
That as we start classes these next few weeks we would be able to see what God has in store for these classes.
That we would continue to be healthy! We have been healthy so that is huge! I love to feel good.
That as we continue on here at ABC - Lilongwe that we would be able to see God in the midst.
That our family would continue to grow stronger in our relationships and that we would be able to be an example to those around us.

We love you all and love emails! Thanks for the care packages! A little piece of home. What a treat! Thank you all for who are supporting us in prayer, financially and love. We feel it. We couldn't be here without you! Love- Amy Louise for the Stauffachers
P.S. I will be posting more pictures soon. Yippee Movies and pictures! If you have any requests of things you want to see let me know!