November 1, 2013

We have arrived!!

Chipolopolo HANDS Team:

Day 1

Good afternoon. Mwatandala uli. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and we all just finished a simple yet pleasant lunch. So much has happened in the last couple days, but I’ll try to keep it short.

We left Toronto Pearson Airport at 10:20 a.m. Thursday and flew via Rome to re-fuel.  One of the passengers got sick so he had to get off while we were stuck on the plane for three hours (don’t worry, it wasn’t one of us). We arrived at Addis Ababa at 9:00 am and boarded another plane that was waiting for our late flight. Finally we reached Malawi after 3.5 hours, and were greeted with Philemon and the crew who took our luggage to the bus. I don’t know how they managed to strap it all onto a little trailer, but they did. We were sore, tired, sweaty, and hungry and yet the beautiful landscape took all those thoughts away from us. Just watching the kids playing outside their homes, moms walking with baskets of food on their heads and men loading trucks with feed bags and boxes. All of this is so different from our everyday lifestyles at home, it really makes you appreciate what we have and not take everything for granted.

          We finally made it through the Zambian border and 20 minutes later settled in the guest house. We ate a lovely meal which consisted of fried chicken legs, cooked cabbage, nsima, and soup. After, Anita led us in devotion and we all headed off to bed nice and early. I think traveling for 26 hours finally got to us.

Katherine

Comments:

Henry
Nov 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Great to hear from you guys. Great beginning blog. I just love to hear your first impressions as you rode to Lundazi. The cooks will look after you real fine. Who is working in the kitchen. Cristobell and Dorthy?

Have a great Sunday service.

dorothy
Nov 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Great to hear you made it, we have been waiting for your first e,mail. Have a blessed Sunday.

Terry Horlings
Nov 3, 2013 at 12:47 am

Glad to hear you made it safe - you are good hands - the good Lord is watching over you - all here is good

Brenda
Nov 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Great to hear from you...so many people asking us that first couple of days how you all were but we hadn't heard yet! It is interesting to hear about the trip down and how thing went. Have a great week, everyone!

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