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 http://robbinsabroad.blogspot.com/
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