Saturday, September 20, 2008

Here are my teachers that are teaching me Chichewa. Mary is a student here that is training to work with Deaf children and train them in bible.
Here is Hennelise. She is the one who yells at me when I get it wrong. I love her yelling at me. It is cute. :)
Here we are on our way to ballet lessons at the school library. thanks mom for the ballet outfits. That is the school behind them. Also that is Emily that is our friend from San Diego.
Here is nya and analise practicing. There will be a christmas show in december. how cute will that be.
Analise pointing here toes. She is loving it. Just a couple pictures of daily life here. People and people. Lots of love - Amy louise

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The journey....

We have been thinking about how much we love africa. We love the people, they are amazing and passionate people that are so fun to get to know deeper. In my bible study class I love learning about all the cultural differences and alot of our similarities. We are growing together. We love it. We the journey is that we are in this world together. And together we can make the difference in people's lives. We love the slow pace. It is very slow compared to america. What treat just not rush and worry about time. It is amazing here. I am ready for bed by 6pm every night. I am sure it is just living in another country thing. I get my second wind and keep going.

We love helping and making a difference through education. Whether it is me learning more or someone else. It is foundational. Right now I have 2 girls teaching me chichewa. Mary and Hennelise...One is a great teacher and the other yells at me as i misprounounce the words. It is is cute. I really want to learn and have conversations instead of me just say 2 words here and there. Bob picks it up fast for some reason but I just can't get it to stick. I am learning the days of the week right now. Lets see... la mulungu (sunday) Lolembe (monday), lachiwiri (tuesday) i think , Lachitatu (wednesday) la chi nigh (thursday) la chi sanu (friday) that is from memory. So when i say see you later on wednesday.... its ....tionana lachitatu.... have a good night is ussiku wa bwino . simple things like that... They speak chichenglish here also. Mixing chechewa and english together. Just like spanglish. Spanish and english. Sounds like this... adfhadgskjha the house is 5 mins from agdskkjhaladfskl and did you know that adfskjl grieuwqeriuo jdlafgiouy is far from gfjheowiu jrfgiui.... So that is when you think you know the words but it really is in english. anyways... We speak volumes when we learn and say our little chichewa. Sometimes. It back fires and people have full on conversations in chichewa with us and then we look dumb. Oh well lets look dumb and we all laugh about it.... I wanted to give you a couple of blogs of my friends here. They got fun pictures of life here too. Have fun.....

Josh and Emily Friends from San diego that are here now....He is maintaining the campus with 60 buildings and new things being built.... and sheis the 3rd grade teacher at the acedemy

Dan And bethany robbins... they are both teachers here at the academy


Sam is a professor at the college and Leanne is the 5th grade teacher.

Both Kelley and Connie are professor here at the college

Tom and Ali work with local pastors and people in the villages helping with education in everything to tailoring, HIV/Aids mentorship, and having clean water....

Enjoy.... here just some. I will give you more... when you are done :)

Love you all- Amy louise

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What are we up to...

Wow life is sure busy. We are in full swing of school. We are loving being back with all the students on campus. On top of Bob regular jobs (teaching, head of security and - he is now in charge along with Sam McDonald(another professor), the student outreaches. They have to schedule about 140 students to go out and serve in the community. They go every Thursday. They go to orphanages, prisons, villages, and schools to love on people. They do bible studies with all the people that they interact with and also discipleship. Bob will be taking about 7 students to the village that he created a relationship with over this last year called Mchoka. They will be doing bible studies and training the local pastors. This is definitely why we are here. To train and disciple! What a treat. So i will start taking more pictures all of that and also of my classes and Bob's! And Nya's and Analise's! Thank you for prayers and continual love and support of us! We couldn't be here with out you all behind us as our team!

Here are some pictures of the daily life! Grocery shopping. I went with Emily and she took the pictures. Every one is of the produce. But at least you can see some of it. I will get more of it for you. For me I can end up going to 4 or 5 different stores to get what I need. Sometimes I miss the all in one stores. But most of the time I enjoy getting around and taking what I can get here. It is amazing the fruit and vegetables. I so love them. I have been going to the local market to get even more amazing fruits and veggies. And they play fun music there and I love to dance and make the Malawians giggle as they watch this Mzugu (foreigner) dance. I like to break the mold.

Well- Connect with you again! Lots of love- Amy Louise