Travel

MAWAI’S COMMERCIAL CENTER – BLANTYRE

Traffic in downtown Blantyre

The southern city of Blantyre has one foot in the past as the oldest European settlement in the country, yet another foot in the present as a bustling center of commercial activity immersed in 21st-century activity. The Blantyre Mission was founded in 1876, and named after the Scotish village where explorer David Livingstone was born.…

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MALAWI’S NORTHERN CITY – MZUZU

A clock tower in Mzuzu

Less than seventy-five years ago the name Mzuzu was associated only with a stream that ran through the rural countryside of the northern region of Malawi. Today it refers to the capital city of the northern region. A settlement standing by the junction of the lakeshore road (M5) and Malawi’s main north-south highway (M1), Mzuzu…

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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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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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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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NEWSLETTER FACES CULTURAL SHIFT

The Differences in Culture are Many Indianapolis Indiana –  There are a large number of cultural differences between western nations and Africa, and that is a fact. While some may carry serious, problematic solutions few are more frustrating than that of time management. The practice of being and doing things on time is far less…

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KUDUS IN MALAWI PARKS

Member of Antelope Family When discussing Malawi one can assume this question will be asked, “Are there wild animals in Malawi?” The answer is, “Yes, but perhaps not the way you expect.” Since animals do not respect “no trespassing signs,” and often wonder into areas where the food is grown. It is not uncommon to…

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