Just a side note for winding down!

As time winds down I really need your prayers. My thought is to stay. Only thing stopping me is a multitude of year end medical appointments and a wife who misses me a grandson who I miss. Much has been accomplished  and I thank each and every one of you for your support and your prayers-don’t stop now.
 Bro. Chuck

Winding down November 15, 2014

I was wakened this morning by the sounds of birds, kids and sausage frying in a hot pan, not a bad way to wake up.

As I lay there I realized one week from today I would be on my way home, Lord willing. I looked back to assess what has been accomplished in the Name of the Lord and am satisfied he has used me here in Malawi.

The work is not over as Rackson has scheduled a Jesus Film this evening after our visit to a village Saturday Service. This is for church members and visitor around the Njuli area. I pray the Spirit precedes us.

Tomorrow the 16th will be my last opportunity to preach for BWBC Njuli and I will do as I always do on my last Sunday in Malawi I will preach the 23rd Psalm. We have invited the Mbulumbuzi Church to attend. It is such a beautiful love letter to the sheep from the true Shepherd and is a natural follow up on John 3:16. I can’t wait to hear what I am going to say.

Wednesday the 19th we have a Jesus film scheduled, the one we missed last week due to construction on the road to the village. The Chief has called Rackson every day to make sure we are coming. Again I pray the Spirit goes before us and prepares the hearts of the people.

Thursday the 20th we all will be celebrating Thanksgiving with the Fullford Family. The seven of us and the three of them. It will be a grand day I know. I thought it very thoughtful of John and Darcy to want to share that special family day a week early so I and the Kaiwe family could all be together one more time before I leave.

Rackson has said I could take Friday off to rest and pack before I must go home to America. He is too good to his father I think.

Please watch blog for pictures of upcoming events.

Because of the Cross,

Bro. Chuck

more of the trip to the hotlands

Some day we will be tall
Power on the way!

                                                                               Njsange Port

                        Time for Lunch and get out of heat!

                                                      Rain and winds have made trip difficult

                                           dead cow on the road from the winds

pictures of Tengani and the storm

storage building used for class
The well ready for parts

foundation for house
where is the shade?

November 12, 2014

Yesterday, Veterans Day was again spent in Malawi. I sometimes miss being home on this day and enjoying the fellowship and comradely of old and dear friends.
John left for Tengani at 0600 and Rackson was at the compound by 0830. We loaded up our needs and the five of us headed south. As soon as we dropped off the plateau south of Blantyre and headed down into the valley several thousand feet lower we began to feel the heat. It was a long hot drive but the road is much better than a few years ago so I guess you find a blessing where you look.
We arrived at the site of the new compound at 1145 and I was already tired, thirsty and hungry but nobody cared.
John welcomed us and gave me a tour of the place and I took pictures. His vision for the future is bold and clear. It is easy to see and be a part of. The store house is a multipurpose building, it is the church, office, home, and last of all a storeroom till the house is built. All there is now is the foundation and dream of what is to be. The walls of the compound are finished so security is good. The foundation for the church is completed and a little of the walls are done. Footings for the classrooms, medical clinic and sleeping rooms are dug out and are waiting for cement. The well is done and ready to go as soon as ESCOM comes to put in the meter. They have been promising to put it in for the last 6 weeks but not done so yet. With ESCOM John would not have to run the generator so much and that would save a lot of money on petrol. John has found a nice house to rent and will be moving the family down there very soon. That will cut down on travel time and time away from the family. The house is about 20 minutes from the compound.
After the tour we went to look at the house to make sure there were no surprises in store for Darcy. She liked what she saw and is in the packing stage as you read this letter.
From the house we went back to the compound and had lunch. Although the food was good it was just too hot to eat. The workers told Rackson and Grace this was one of the cooler days they have had, hmmm... this may be the last time I see John.
After lunch we departed at 1430 and headed home to cooler climites and a shower. On the way the winds kicked up and dust was in the air so heavy you could not see but a few feet ahead of you. I am so glad Rackson was driving. It started to rain and for the first few minutes it was raining mud. Then the wind really picked up and the rain was like nothing I have ever seen. It blew kids off bikes, roofs off huts and brick walls down. Cattle that were on the road lost their footing and fell, some breaking their legs. It was tough to watch. We were blown to the sides of the road a few times and when others vehicles passed it was every man for themselves. It lasted for about 40 minutes and begin to let up as we started to climb out of the valley, it takes about 40 minutes to get to the top of the plateau.
Rackson got us back to Mapanga at 1730. We unloaded and I picked up my stuff and prepared to move back in with my Malawi family. I bade adieu to my white family as Rackson and Grace took me back in. Home was a blessing with shower and big bed awaiting me. I do not know how Grace knew about Veterans Day and what it means but on my bed was a quilt in Red White and Blue with the Flag in the center. “MY God what a blessing these people are, they reflect Your Son.”  
Because of the Cross,
Bro. Chuck