Sunday, April 25, 2010

A quick update...

Hello sweet people- Just a quick update from the other side of the world. We are quickly winding down over here in Malawi. We have been privileged to share life with a family for about 3 weeks this April and share with them what we do everyday here. Due to the volcano problem their flight was delayed for a week but is has been an joy to have them for a little bit longer. We really have soaked in family times and had many fun memories made. They have tasted and smelled and talked and walked this amazing place called Africa.

While all this is going on Bob has continued teaching classes here at ABC. As I type this I hear 20 high schoolers in my living room for a breakfast and a bible study. Yep- Spring is in the air and the countdown has begun. The seniors at the college are getting sad to leave and are so ready to leave at the same time. We have spiritual emphasis week coming, we have banquets to prepare for and graduation to get ready. We are excited for them. They are those that we invest in and then they leave to impact Malawi and Africa.

Please pray for us as we are definitely trying to stay healthy. Both Nya and I have had Malaria this month. It is has really depleted us. It is like a really bad flu times 10. We took the medicine for it and it worked great. Just a slow recovery. Pray for continual strength and health in our family. We have seen enough sickness for a while. We ready to be off the sick train. For some reason we are stuck on it.

A praise we have is we are privileged to be coming home in the middle of June for a year long home assignment. We will be living in San Diego and will be so excited to share what is happening with us at ABC.
Praise God that He continues to be faithful through all of your love, support and encouragement.

Living, learning and loving- bob, amy, nya and analise

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When Africa surprises you...

That was what I heard tonight at the dinner table. They have been surprised. They feel that Africa has not been represented properly to the world. They thought the following...No One is making the difference and people have forgotten about Africa. So they thought... A new friend Ann - from California- friend of my cousin's wife- has said she is surprised that so much is going on for Malawians. All the different types of Missionaries that she has met and the Malawians that are being impacted by the work they are doing. Lives are being changed through these relationships.

Our friends - the Olson Family- have come here thinking one way and definelty will be leaving thinking the complete opposite. It was all so overwhelming the needs when they first came and now they have relationships made through their experiences to have a place to help and impact the needs of the people. They are surprised that is all it is about... Relationships.

We come here thinking that we coming to make the difference but we leave knowing they made the difference in us. We have been changed through these relationships that we have made. The impact is made when we invest in those relationships. We can come here thinking that we can give but how and how do we not just throw money at the problem We slowly learn that we can give through our relationships. That is what is all about. RELATIONSHIPS - That is where you impact the most. That is where needs are communticated and met. That is what we do here. Teach and share and relate with the Malawians. We both are changed forever. It maybe that simple this thing called relationships. That is how we helping and changing what is happening here in Africa... Loving living this thing called life- amy louise

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sharing life everyday with people...We love people!

Well- the countdown has been started. Seniors officially have senioritis and we are starting to get it too. Very contagious this senioritis. We are thrilled to be sharing it with our good friends The Olsons. They love being here. Sharon continues to say -" I love living your life Amy. I am in your blog now. Wow! " Well- We are loving sharing it with them. They are enjoying every minute and amazing to share what we do here. So delicious to see them eat it all up. They were able to spend about 5 days in Village ( which I am very proud of them) with good friends and ABC Graduates Ronald and Ulemu. Amazing to hear all their stories and life changing experiences. Time will tell what Africa has done to them. and their blog will tell you more.... Once you get Africa in your system- it never leaves I believe. :) You crave it... which is a good thing.

So the Stauffy family is in teaching classes mode, loving on people mode and really doing what God called us here to do mode. -Make a small impact on the people's lives here. We are priviledged to be here and do it. We have alot on our plate and we are going to savor every minute of it. As many of you know we come home for a home assignment for a year and we plan to come back for another couple of years. We definetly know that we are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing right now. We are excited to be in the states for a year. We miss family, friends and food. :) We are so thankful to have this opportunity to share with you all person to person what we are doing here in Malawi. We will be in San Diego and visiting many others. Thank you for your continual love, prayers and support! It has been so humbling to be dependent on God and people like you in our lives! Well- Pictures to come and lots more of stories as we continue on here... Love - amy louise

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Healing and nothing much going on...

It is so amazing to have not much going on. The entire campus is on Easter break and it has been super quiet. Over the last 3 weeks since I haven't blogged, it is just quiet. I have been on healing mode. It is so nice to be on the other side of this journey. We are so blessed to have so many people love and support us through this. Thank you for all those who carried me in prayer! Amazing how prayer changes things. Thank you!

One thing that has happened on campus is that applications are coming in for this next year for the college. The students first take a test and then are interviewed. Last year almost 900 people applied and we were able to take only 90 incoming students and sent 20 students to the Uganda campus. This year - there are 3 different testing days and also 3 different cities. Please pray for the these interested students... These are the faces of Africa. The people of Malawi that will change thier world person by person.

We now have vistors from Spokane, Washington. Some dear old friends that staying in Germany for a while came down to have a journey into the Stauffacher family life in Malawi. They are soaking it all in. I love watching thier kids process it all. Nya and Analise are loving having constant laughs from thier kids. We head to Lake Malawi and then they are off the Dzuwa village! Here is their blog in case you want to read their journey...

I love the simple life and enjoy living in Malawi. Bob told me it is the people he loves, I told him the same thing. It really is all about people. Loving, encouraging, investing and learning about people.

Will connect sooner than the last post! Amy louise