Posts by Malawi Project

MALAWI’S OLD CAPITAL – ZOMBA

Homes in the Zomba community

Until 1975 the southern city of Zomba was the capital of the nation. Although the capital was moved north to Lilongwe after the departure of the British Zomba still remained the home of the Parliament until 1994 when the government officials finally made the move complete to Lilongwe in the central region. Zomba is 40…

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POWER OF SUGGESTION – ELEPHANT ROCK

Rock formation shaped like the head and back of an elephant

The power of suggestion has a tremendous influence on us. When spending time in one of Malawi’s game parks straining your eyes to quickly pick out animals in the distance, one can also imagine animals where there are none. River rocks can be the heads of hippopotamus, while tree limbs seem to imitate imaginary snakes.…

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THAT PLACE IS “JUST NEAR”

Long stretch of dirt road in Malawi

Mponela, Malawi … Mission work is difficult. The work is hard enough, but when one makes it cross-cultural, it adds a whole new dimension to the attempt at understanding. For instance, I remember the time I asked the preacher, “Do you have mamba snakes here?” He replied, “Yes.” “What happens if you get bitten?” I…

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ROOSTER IN THE MORNING

A rooster

It was 4 AM when I was suddenly awakened by a rooster signaling the coming dawn. Now there were three problems with this. The first was the fact dawn was still an hour away. Second, we were back in the bed and breakfast in the city. Third and definitely not least, the roaring rooster was…

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TYPICAL TRADING CENTER – MPONELA

Malawian Man holding shirts at an outdoor market

When one thinks of African Trading Centers it is not hard to imagine them in the heart of the sub-Sahara, and when one travels to the sub-Sahara, it is easy to find the typical trading center in the tiny nation of Malawi. Then when one moves about in Malawi there can be found typical African…

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FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET

Chester Kabinda-Mbewe, chairman of the Board of Directors for Action for Progress

Lilongwe, Malawi … In reality, it might be better to leave the distinction of being “faster than a speeding bullet” to the fictional character of Superman. However, what members of the Board of Directors for the Malawi Project recently witnessed, during and after, the September board meeting of Action for Progress would seem to make…

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CLINIC IN A CONTAINER

A forklift carrying medical supplies

Indianapolis, Indiana … The request reached the Malawi Project less than three weeks before our scheduled departure for Africa. “Help us locate the needed equipment and supplies for a new outpatient clinic we are preparing to open on the campus.” It was the end of August, and the Namikango Mission was planning to build a…

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OFFICIAL OPENING FOR FOOD STORAGE WAREHOUSE

A man blowing bubbles outside of the St. Joseph grain warehouse

Joseph Project 1 Meets with Success What can bring a large number of government officials, church and community leaders, and tribal authority together for a single event? What is so exciting it has preachers blowing soap bubbles, and inflating balloons? It was all part of the experience for members of the Malawi Project’s Board of…

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THE LAKE OF MANY NAMES

Sunset on Lake Malawi

It carries three names, perhaps even four, depending on the country in which you are standing, and the time in history to which you refer. It is known as Lake Malawi if you are in the nation of Malawi, but if you are in Tanzania the same lake is called Lake Nyasa, or move over…

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TREE THAT GROWS SAUSAGES

Tree with sausages tied to the branches

Liwonde Game Park, Malawi … The Land Rover inched to within a few dozen feet of the tall tree, then stopped. The driver began to quietly explain what we were viewing in front of our vehicle, and just above our heads. A baboon darted across in front of the silent vehicle, and scurried up a…

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