I returned home this weekend from my mission trip to Malawi, Africa. I had an awesome time! I realize that a mission trip is not even close to living in a place for 2 years. I won't even begin to pretend I learned all the in's and out's of Malawi. But I loved it.
We stayed at Children of the Nations in Lilongwe. It was like glorified camping. 6 to a room. A hut, really. With bunk beds and a sink. A community bathroom. With cold water on most days. But it was awesome!
I cannot wait to go back.
I want to work for the FS! I want to MOVE there. Somewhere. Anywhere.
Our team was comprised of myself, a pediatrician, a group of college girls, a group of counselors, 2 professional photographers, a hopeful soon to be pastor, and my 14 yr old son.
The medical team (myself and the pediatrician) saw close to 1000 kids in roughly 6 days. We treated ear infections, colds, coughs, ringworm, scabies, and any other common ailment you could imagine that we have here in the states. We saw many who were HIV positive. We also saw a couple handfuls of adults (most of who were HIV positive) and tried to treat many of the side effects from the ARV meds they take regularly. We passed out a TON of tylenol, ibuprofen, pepcid, and vitamins. We passed out antibiotics to those who needed them. Ointments and creams as a spit in the wind for the tiny scabie and or ringworm infested kiddos.
We operated in small villages, out of suitcases, with medications we brought with us.
Most were happy we were there. "Azungu!" The children would squeal as we approached the villages.
Azungu translates to "white person" in the language of Chichewa.
Cyberbones, you may hear that term occasionally! :)
We prayed with patients, worshiped, sang and danced. A LOT. I learned new songs in Chichewa.
We went to church in the Slums of Mgona. I was inspired. What an amazing worship experience.
I missed reading all your blogs. I can hardly wait to catch up and see where some of you are going, see if some of you have gotten the 'call', and read about your pack-outs and all the other FS drama. My own FS drama is this: my investigators have submitted my background checks to the case manager. I called Washington to find out where I am in the process. They told me to call back in 2 weeks. The security guy said he was 'pleasantly surprised to see how far my security clearance was in such a short period of time'. That's good, right? My husband received his worldwide medical clearance. I am still waiting on my 14 yr old's medical clearance because there was an issue with the system not recognizing him, so we had to wait for the help desk to put his information back into the system. As best I can tell, I am in a holding pattern. I feel pretty good about it. It's happening, slowly but surely. Slow and steady wins the race...
I'll post more pictures soon.
2 days ago