Monday, January 12, 2009

Travels around Moz

After Christmas our daughter and son-in-law came to visit and we've been to the beaches where we tried not to get too sunburned and the coconut oil factory. We enjoyed lots of critters at the beach including this jelly fish.

Then we were off to Chokwe to visit our friends that we used to spend a lot of time with and hardly see anymore because of program changes and the fact that we hardly ever visit Chokwe (3 hrs away). It was so good to have an evening with them. Sybil loves Mapani worms and actually got us all to taste a dried one. Thankfully I didn't have my glasses on. Now that I see them in this picture, I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to eat one!

Mucatini is a village where a lot of WR work has been invested. This is a large field of tomatoes and a plot is given to each volunteer to care for. Input costs are provided as a loan and when it is harvest time, they sell and pay off their loan. The village is doing much better and there is not as much hunger. We also met some cute kids playing with the wire truck and trailer they created. Keith traded his sunglasses short-term for a chance to "drive" it.

On the way home we stopped at the orphanage where M&Y, our friends that have been living with us, have been working. These kids are all orphaned by AIDS and the ones in this picture were at the orphanage because there is no family to go home to for the holidays. There are about 40 boys who live there. M&Y are back with us until they get some funding and make arrangements to move to the orphanage. Their parenting, medical, sewing, and many other skills and love are much needed there. Pray that God will continue to open the doors for this dream to be realized.

Now we're back in Maputo where it has been hot, hot--upper 90s and 100 with no AC at home. It's not the best sleeping weather, but now it has rained and we're back to "normal" in the 80s. Tomorrow we start another adventure in S Africa.