I went out into the garden tonight to burn the rubbish, and there was a bird singing. I couldn’t see it, because it was dark and hidden by the tree, but whenever I repeated its song, it sang back to me. That was very nice!
This morning, we all went down to Crossroads (the closest mini-bus exchange to us together) and then Gary and Shelby went to the feeding program in Mtsiliza while Amanda, Lacey and I exchanged money, went grocery shopping, bought tonight’s dinner and went to talk to a Relief Agency about volunteering with them while we’re here. It’s beginning to feel like we’ve got half an idea of where we are and where we want to go and how to get there, but we’ve still got a long ways to go!
On the way back from Crossroads, we managed to find a mini-bus quickly and for the right price, but we ended up with 30 people crammed into a 15 passenger van. The drivers want to get as many people in on each route, because that way they can make the most money! Each bus ride is an adventure. But usually there’s some smiles shared and at least one good conversation every day.
After lunch, we got started on some practical work here at YWAM Lilongwe. They want to put up some new clothes lines because they’ve got a DTS starting at the end of June, and more people will be around. So we dug the holes for the poles, stripped the poles of their bark (with machetes!) and then cut them down to size with a hack saw. I’m thankful to my dad that I’ve got at least some sawing experience, but I don’t have the endurance to cut four poles down to size! But by dinner time, we have four poles cut to size, with their bark removed, and the ends painted with anti-termite paint. We also had a few blisters and cuts and sore backs, but it’s worth the hard work to see something come out of it!
Oh, and dinner was a treat-pizza and a snickers bar! Such a luxury to have a meat pizza and a candy bar!