BY Dan & Ruth Macy
One week of the trip we spent at FVM’s Mulunguzi House in Zomba. This is a guest house that offers lodging to workers of various NGOs (non-government organizations) who are doing work in the area. Two of the nights that we were there we enjoyed meeting and getting to know several people from Canada who are working for Emmanuel International.
Most of our days were spent visiting the two village areas, Taulo and Nandolo, where FVM does its primary work. We participated in the preschool classes (for ages 2-3 and 4-5), where 50 children or more recited the days of the week and the capitals of African nations. They got us involved in their enthusiastic singing and dancing, as well as some of their exercises. And all of this was overseen by two teachers per classroom. We were in awe of the order that those teachers achieved in a classroom with that many preschool children!
We enjoyed visits with Chief Taulo, Chief Namboya (a chief under Chief Taulo), and Chief Nandolo, each in their homes. While we were happy to share some things that we had brought for them, when we left we were overwhelmed by their generosity in loading us with gifts of sweet potatoes, sugar cane, pineapples and maize.
In Nandolo, FVM is building a kitchen adjacent to the school so the feeding program can proceed more easily in the rainy season. We were scheduled to help with the construction, but when we arrived, we discovered the workers had made such good progress that they were beyond the point of being able to use our help. By the time you read this, the work will probably be complete.
I have to share with you a humorous story from our visit with Liston’s family. One of his daughters introduced her baby daughter to us and told us her name is Violet (picturedRIGHT in glasses). Ruth pointed to some violet patches on her blouse to illustrate the color, and then Ruth told them that in North America we have a flower that we call African violet. Quick as a flash, the mother pointed to her baby and said, “African violet!"
Another of the Lord’s servants who helped us immensely was Davie Ngalauka. He was our driver and our translator. He did a superb job at both, for which we are very grateful. He too is now our dear friend.
We came home with our hearts full to overflowing with memories of the Lord’s goodness, of His grace so evident in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and of His work that continues on for His glory and the blessing of many souls. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Your fellow-servants for Christ, by His grace,
Dan and Ruth Macy