Last Day at Capt Maclear - Drive to Blantyre

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Oct 06, 2010

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Shire Highlands Hotel

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We always enjoy the leisurely long morning before going to Services. We had a nice opportunity to talk to our neighbor Elifazi Salawila about various things, including the running of the Maize Mill

The Maize Mill business – talked with Salawila.  Normal human relations problems. There is always something. 

Services start one hour earlier at 9:30 AM so that we can get started on to Blantyre at 12 noon.  Sadness overcomes us as it's time to leave.  We’ve been in Malawi for two weeks now and it’s gone so fast.  We have seen a lot and everything is a blur, but with my blog, photos, videos and other records, we will be able to put this trip into perspective from the standpoint of the Church and LifeNets.  I do regret having to speak so much.  This is the seventh time I’m speaking on this trip and I do believe that quality takes an inevitable toll…even though I am confident of the material.  While some of the sermons are those I have given before, I do want to give a fresh one which will be today.  It will be about the Law of God being exalted based on Isaiah 2:1-4 as nations will come up to learn about the Law which emanates from Jerusalem.  I’ll speak about the law as being based on honor, respect and the formation of relationships.

Bev has done an outstanding job keeping records and paying the bills.  She settles the matters we have.  We tell the people good-bye at our outdoor services and off we go.  It’s always bittersweet as we never know whether we will take this almost 30,000 miles journey again.  We have been coming about every two years, but with my new work responsibilities and Eastern Europe responsibilities along with my pastorate, something’s going to have to give.  Before I confidently stated  and fulfilled: "We will see you in two years."  This year I just couldn’t get those words out and we’ll just have to see how things go. 

Doing the projects has been an experience that brings on a new set of problems.  Some of the entrepreneurial projects have done exceedingly well.  When various people work together, there are going to be relationships issues. One thing about being a poor country where there are no jobs, income and just lots of time.   Scheduling time for Church and Festivals was easy when you have not work.  But, with our scholarships and employment improvement programs, problems in those areas are abounding.  Also, as people work together in ventures, it’s inevitable that there will be occasional friction and we have had to sort out a few of those matters.

Our driver is Geoffrey.  He and his brother drive Bev, me and Chiku who wants to get back to Lilongwe towards Blantyre which is four hours away. 

I drove the Toyota Carina this way and had to really concentrate on the road.  Now, I can enjoy the scenes of African life which I find fascinating.

In the evening Mark and Agnes Katsonga-Phirie came by and we had dinner. Jolinda their daughter is in the hospital and mother is staying there. They wanted to invite us to their home for dinner, but with her involvement with her daughter at the hospital we just had dinner at the hotel we stayed at.

We talked about Mark’s AXA business.  He has sold the poultery operation and Agnes works with Mark now.

So ended the day.  Tomorrow we fly to Zambia.

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