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DEDZA DISTRICT

Dedza District

The Dedza District of Malawi straddles Highway M-1 and is situated directly south of the Lilongwe District. It hovers along the Zambian border to its west and contains Dedza Mountain near its center. The mountain rises 2,198 meters or 7,200 feet above the valley floor. Walking to the top requires an estimated 2 hours. The…

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LILONGWE DISTRICT

Lilongwe District

The Lilongwe District of Malawi is located in the central region of the country on the Lilongwe River, 58 kilometers (36 miles) east of the Zambia border. It is host to the nation’s capital city of Lilongwe with a population of 1,227,100, while the district records 1,346,360. There is the only city in Malawi with…

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CARS, CARS, AND MORE CARS

A long line of cars

Lilongwe, Malawi … Only a few years ago there were few cars in Malawi. In fact, only the very rich could afford to operate one. Suddenly in recent years, there has been an explosion of cars in the major cities. The creation of a middle class is developing and families in the city have sufficient…

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IT’S NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S AIRPLANE HANGER

Inside of an airplane hanger

Lilongwe, Malawi … To be honest and maintain full disclosure most grandfathers did not have an airplane, nor did they have airplane hangars. Now, mind you, we are not talking about a hanger that can hold a 787 Dreamliner with a wingspan of 197 feet, or even an older model 747 at 211 feet 5…

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TOP TASTE IN TEA

While sporting one of the smallest land masses in Africa, Malawi comes in number two in the production of tea. Only Kenya, with a land mass nearly five times as big, produces more tea.   Malawi’s tea industry dates back to its meager beginning in 1878. It blossomed in 1891 with the coming of Henry…

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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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