Welcome! Muli Bwanji!?!?! (Hello and how are you!?!)

Hello everyone! As many of you know, my heart spent some of the most challenging and growing two months in Malawi, Africa this summer. I am now back to my community in San Diego, serving with Flood Church and finishing my senior year at UCSD. I am excited to share with you my experiences, thoughts, and feelings as I continue to process myself what God taught me this summer. I would also love for you to share comments, as well as how I might be praying for you and your family. I will be updating posts and pictures as well as sharing with you ways in which you can continue to support and pray for the children and people that I fell in love with this summer!

Thank you so much for your encouragement, love, support, and most of all, prayers...He is Good!

Love In Him,

Encouraging Words of Christ

"I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

Ephesians 3:16-20

25 October 2008

A picture says a thousand words...

Just looking through pictures today and wanted to share some with you all...thank you again for the wonderful support and blessing you are in my life! Enjoy these depictions of His grace and work half way across the world! (not in chronological order at all by the way...) :)

Me at sunrise on Lake Malawi

Amazing "chemwalli mwa ambuyes"....sisters in Christ, on safari

California girls in London on our way!!!

My fabulous bunk buddy for the summer, Charley; this is just after a few days being in Malawi

This is baby Falida that I mentioned in a blog post during the summer; the one I sang to everyday. Also affectionately known as "Tootsie Roll." : )

Ester and Me; not just babies like to be carried in a chitenje on your back...

The WHOLE team: this was taken at sunset on one of our safari rides. What a blessing this group of true servants has been in my life!

Charley, Laura, and Ginnie at sunset on safari; these girls have such amazing hearts for Him.

My boy Yame; this picture is so special because smiles were so rare with him. This is one of my little kids I hope to sponsor soon.

Me and Lia inside our widow's shop where we sold their crafts and goods to other teams. We are pretty proud of having just organized it to open shop!

My precious little girl, Ega; she LOVED hanging on for hugs and tickles all the time, she also is another child that I plan on being able to sponsor very soon.

Little Regina in a chitenje; this is how all the women carry their little quickly became my favorite too.

The team of us girls from my home church; Flood Church San Diego. This is us on one Sunday visiting our sister plant church, Flood Malawi. So exciting to see God at work half way around the world!

Widows Program; one of our last days...complete with a hat that one of the women made me. : )

The back of the 3 ton; our favorite mode of transportation...singing and waving was always a must!

On the last day, I couldn't put either one down, so I "double chitenjed" both Ega and Yame of my favorite moments EVER.

Walking through Mgwayi with Yame and Ester as we bring other kids to the field for an afternoon of love and His grace. He is SO GOOD!

Thanks for looking through these....still such a small snapshot of this summer, but I hope you enjoyed it. Have a beautiful day in Him!

In His grace, Rachel