Friday, May 25, 2012

Happening right now in my kitchen...

Here is my senior college ladies class! We are cooking pancakes for our end of the year celebration! Love these girls! We have grown in our walks with the Lord in our bible study we have had and grown in our knowledge of cooking! What a treat!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Having Malaria and still counting our blessings....

Two weeks ago, Bob got malaria. Malaria attacks your red blood cells and thickens your blood and if not caught in time it can kill.  Sadly - just yesterday a worker here lost their 8-year-old daughter to malaria. While all of it was horrible - there were some amazing blessings that God provided that reminds us how takes care of His kids.  Above is a picture of the mini hospital we have here on campus. We are so blessed to have it here.  It provides care to many here in Lilongwe.  The top right picture is when Bob went for his test (he was very sick at that point) and below is inside of the hospital here as two amazing doctors were taking care of him as he was in recovery mode.  It took about a week and half to feel normal again.  
The blessings came in many different ways but it definitely was God caring for us through His people.  Whether it was a meal, prayers, and notes of encouragement or people stopping by.  It showed us that we are apart of a very loving and amazing community.  Many times in this journey - it feels lonely (mainly because we are in a foreign land) but that is when God quickly reminds us that He has people who are ready to be there in a crisis - surround us.  His loving arms are the arms of people.  He has reminded us that we are not alone and He wants us to see Him through the people He has in your life.  Humbled and amazed - He cares for us so much through the big and small areas of life.  Life has its ups and downs with people, but we would not make it at all without each other.  We survive through the good and the bad – through our communities of people! 
Thank you for loving, supporting and praying for us!  We would not be here with out you all!  We could not continue on without you!  

Sunday, May 06, 2012

It may sound silly to you...

This is my last Target bag here in Malawi - that I already gave away to a Malawian to carry sugar home to his village about 150 miles away.

 I savor them like they are precious jewels. Silly as it may sound but distance definitely makes my heart grow fonder! The sight of Target makes me happy even a bag. I think am going thru withdrawals. I can taste the popcorn and Dr Pepper, I can see the fun new summer dishes, love all the fun shoes and new pillows.  I miss the cute girls clothes and love seeing boy clothes that Luke can wear one day! I wish i could get some candy, some great cereals, find a new shirt for 4 dollars and so on and so forth.  I won't bore you with all the details.  Just enjoy your Target thoroughly!  It may sound silly but I think God loves the honest heart!   Think and pray for the Stauffacher family as you shop there! Pray that we would give our lives to Jesus daily and encourage others around us!  Pray that we would be able to love on others here in Africa through food, money, prayer, quality time, discipleship and just sharing everyday life together!  That we would be continually transformed by the Gospel.  Target and  the Gospel - 2 totally opposite things but in my everyday life very real!  And I miss it!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Luke's day... Hanging out with friends

Luke has full days of eating, sleeping and hanging out with friends. Here is a a small snapshot of the life of Luke's...
See sissy Tina on Skype in America
Take a nap on friend Tracy from South Africa

Eat some more food

watch a movie with his sisters & Brianna from Australia

watch Analisey try to make him laugh

hang with fellow missionary friend Sam at the girls school...

Swing with buddy Limbani!  
cute boys

Luke on our 3 rd day here with limbani

Limbani comes almost daily to hang out with Luke but he gets teased by his friends that he is going to drop Lukey.  So cute!  He doesn't care what they think.  So cute!  He will even come over and bring all his friends.

Just another Friday!  Hope you have a great weekend!  We will have fun too!