Monday, May 25, 2009

Tinkerbell the Monkey and Braii and Goats...

So this story reminds that we are in a different world. We give gifts to students and share often. This is one of them. Above here is one of the many goats that have passed through our lives. This one just arrived and analise wanted a picture.

This goat was given to Bob's security head guard on his last day. Joseph was so excited for the gift.

Actually- 2 goats were served for these men above for a goodbye party for Josh's coworker that left this last month. (He was also working campus maintaince with Josh) Bob and Josh spent all day cooking and serving about 75 guys. ( more pictures on my friend's blog )

Cooking on the Braii (South African word for BBQ) Goat meat!

Josh and Bob are building a cage for the Monkey we are watching until she gets bigger. She will go to the local Zoo here that. But for now she is apart of the Stauffy Zoo. The girls named her Tinkerbell.

Nya and Tinkerbell...

Here is emily and her love for Tinkerbell.
Well- there is a snipet in the Animal Kingdom here in Malawi. For more stories make sure to see Emily's Blog from above... love- amy louise

Friday, May 15, 2009

Junior - Senior Banquet

So every year the Junior class honor the Seniors with a Banquet. This year they celebrated with a dinner! Here are some pictures of that special night!

Here is everyone waiting for dinner to start.

Here I am with Shonduri. She went with Bob on the Tanzania Trip. We got to chat about what she learned. I think I will have her do a blog post. To hear it from her would be amazing.

Here I am with Rosemary in the middle (I had her in my bible study last year) and the girl at the end is a sophmore- Mtendere. And that cute baby is Joy Louise. I gave her middle name. So very Kissable are those cheeks!

Don't you love the coat. So 101 dalmation cute!

Here is my girlie Emily! She is a 3rd grade teacher here and she is from our church back in San Diego.

Here is Bob and Josh with Richard and Thompson! Josh is Emily's husband. He is Charge of the campus maintaince and does so much here.

Here are some of my girls that are in my senior bible study class. I love these women.
We are doing pretty good over here. We have a month to go until we get to come home for a visit. We have many things happening before then. So please keep us in your prayers as we have elections in this country and also so many functions to put together for the end of the year events.
Lots of love- amy louise

Prayer Request...

Our neighbor and friend wrote this. It really explains what is happening politically here. Please pray for us as we are here in Malawi....

Dear ones,

Please commend Malawi to prayer this week as it conducts its elections for president and parliament Tuesday, May 19. Malawi has had a peaceful post-colonial experience. The people still wear smiles. But that was also once true of Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Congo, I think you get the idea. The elections this year have caused concern because of the former president's attempt to get back into power. The result has been a string of coup attempts, high-profile arrests, thug-driven politics, and rallies which turn into violence. Up front, let me say, we are in no danger. And it is our prayer to remain that way. But, there is only one thing predictable in Africa and that is unpredictability! So, pray for free and fair elections, free from violence, retribution, greed, and hatred. We are on holiday during the elections and will stay close to home. One of our graduates, Shadrek Chikoti ('05) is in position to win a seat in parliament as an independent. He is independent because he refused bribes from higher officials in the established political party. This action greatly angered the powers that be, but energized the people that a young man trying to break into politics held his ground with integrity.
Please pray that Shadrek will win and continue to challenge the way government is conducted with the gospel.Thanks and we will, I promise, be sending a prayer letter letting you know all that the Lord has used us for this semester. It has been one of our most fruitful times. That is why we haven't been sending letters. He's got us busy. Thanks for your love and post this, please in your church, or announce it in prayer groups to commend these matters for us.

All our love,The McDonalds in Malawi Sam, LeAnne, Amber, Molly, Sarah

Monday, May 11, 2009

Coming Home! Yippee....

Sorry we have been so quiet these days. Busy with life! You know how it all goes.

We have good news... Some loving families have helped us be able to come to the states for 2 months. We will be in San Diego and Spokane to see friends and family. We will be in the San Diego area on June 20-28th and off to Spokane. We will be in Spokane from July 2nd until 29th. (we have 2 family reunions to go to! :) We will travel back to San Diego until the 14th. So if you would like to get together we would too. So email me and we can set up a time to get together. I will update with pictures later this week. Lots of love- amy louise