Bleary-eyed, we stumbled across from our room in the Baseto Chris and Hannah’s house for breakfast. It is nice for me to be in amongst the hubbub of children, and to let Caleb (8 years old, similar weight and size to Noah) to pull me around.We then joined the Base community in worship and moved into prayer. There are about thirty at the moment each morning. Some were sharing on the need for Malawians to appreciate hygiene at hospitals with such a high risk of infection, and corruption meaning drugs are sold to the rich and there aren’t antibiotics for the poor.A blurred photo of Nick Muriro is below who is based at Musenberg i(not spelled correctly!) in Cape Town. He is delivering this week’s teaching to the DTS, on church and world mission.This evening we heard him speak on ‘small is big’. The essence of his talk was that we make our faith grow by obedience, small steps. We don’t know what will happen when we obey. Those small steps can lead to God’s great purposes being fulfilled. Daniel, one of the Base leaders, said after that we need to be obedient in those small steps even after the feeling to take them has gone. I think that was especially important for me.This afternoon with Charles, his wife and two of the DTS team, we drove out on a bumpy road through the woods just by Chigumula Market, to a small huddle of houses. Before we heard Nick share, there was praise Chichewa style. This was to a community gathering of around 50. I thought we had stepped into a party – eight joshing and boogieing in the middle, lots of strong African rhythms on the drums, and people round the edge gradually getting pulled into the middle. We sang a song which Hannah translated to me as ‘God is good yes’, which had actions resembling La Macarena. It was a real party time and the Malawians can move!We enjoyed more time today at the Scutts house, where Colin and I navigated through the game The Three Little Pigs with Caleb, Lily and Beth, Daniel and Suzie’s daughter, and Chris cooked us tea. Hannah, as part of her role supporting women in childbirth, was visiting Dina on hospital who is 34 weeks pregnant and had high blood pressure – she is having to stay there, possibly for a month, to keep the blood pressure down artificially, and they are hoping she can avoid a caesarean – Dina is a midwife herself but this is her first child.This is a bit garbled, and I am now a full day behind, so will publish this one and try to catch up tomorrow perhaps while we are driving (to Ntaja, having spent amazing time at Phalombe today).
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