Sunday, 10 July 2016

Day 8: Church

Dear parentals,

Your children have continued to delight us with their positive hard working attitudes. Their handy person skills have gone from strength to strength and you'll be pleased to know that the poo chart remains robust.

This morning began with an unexpected lie in before we set off on a walk through the countryside. The Malawians we met were friendly but bemused by the fact that we were walking with no fixed destination. Upon returning to the homestead painting the classrooms resumed with decorating the walls with educational murals. We discovered that painting straight lines are a challenge. Our lengthy lunch break was taken up with the entire houses water supply to wash hair and clothes. We donned our new Chitenges ready for church.

We crowded bare foot into a lovely dirt floor Zionist church, and were welcomed by friendly elders of the village. A rave followed, with energetic dancing from the newborns being jiggled on backs to the mamas rocking out with whistles and shakers.

Our version of amazing grace received several claps, unlike our previous efforts. There was a powerful sermon in Chichewa, which  we could not decipher, but we could feel the passion and sense of community not least in the way in which we were bode farewell individually by the entire congregation. 

Dinner was lovely. Most of your children are addicted to Bananagrams including impressive words such as Apache, night, terror.

Hysteria is setting in amongst the staff.


Miss Clarke (not like the shoe shop) & Miss Barker

Ps some pics of yesterday's Sports Day!


  1. Sorry dads excitement for the better of him!! Sounds like a great day and some great photos. Enjoy the eat if your week. Footie final now! Xx

  2. Sounds like you are all having the most amazing time. Mais, keep up the hard work. I'm sure your painting and cooking skills will come in handy when you're back.
    I can't wait to hear all about it on Saturday :)
    Lots of love,
    Sophie xxxx

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  4. Sounds great fun - the church service must have been an experience :) Bet you loved the dancing Erin! Keep up the good spirits, it's lovely to see your smiling faces. And of course, don't forget to eat your greens ;)))

  5. Portugal won in extra time 1-0

  6. Glad your all having a great time cant wait to hear all about it on Saturday.
    I hope the rest of your trip is top notch,

  7. I noticed the kids in the sack race didn't have hi-vis vests on. Who did the risk assessment for this activity?