Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I love my life (John 17:3)!
Glancing around during our tour of the local hospital, I remarked to the medical director that it seemed rather busy for a weekend. “Yes, it is very busy; right after this I have to go do a c-section which we normally don’t do on Saturdays.” Hope rising up within me, I queried, “May we watch?!” “Sure,” he replied! After changing into the scrubs provided (yup, high waters for the tall girl!), Heather and I entered the operating room with great excitement and expectation (although perhaps we were not quite as expectant as the mother – ha ha ha!). We were not disappointed. The doctor prayed before starting the operation and a beautiful 5lb girl entered this world with no difficulties. As her mom continued to get stitched up, Heather and I held the baby within minutes of her teraka (birth). Heather even got to introduce the baby girl to her daddy! It was such a wonderful blessing. God knows exactly how to spoil me. ;)
We are now officially done with language school – woohoo! I enjoyed the time, but was definitely ready to finish classroom study. ;) Please continue to pray that we would learn Malagasy well.
Thank you for your prayers that God would continually have first place in my life. He has been encouraging me daily through His Word. How true the verse in Jeremiah 15: "Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts!"
In one week we head out to Zambia for our wilderness survival training called 40/40. We’ll spend 12 days in dorms at the seminary, 12 days in a safari tent, 3 days with a Zambian family, and then have 3 days of debriefing. This, combined with 5 days of pre-devotions and post-devotions, equals 40 days…and thus the name. :0) During this time I will NOT have my laptop. I heard a rumor we might be able to get to an internet café once or twice, so an update might be possible, but don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for a month! Do keep emailing, however, because I love getting all of your encouraging notes!
After 40/40, I am thrilled to be able to take a quick trip down to Victoria Falls with some friends. One of the seven natural wonders of the world AND great company? You betcha! :D We fly back to our beloved Madagascar on May 25th and head down to the rain forest.
1. For the many transitions we have coming up with packing up our house here in Antsirabe, traveling around Africa, and moving down to the rain forest.
2. That Heather and I would continue to learn the Malagasy language.
3. That God would receive glory in all that we do!
I love you all,
2 Corinthians 4:1-7