Short-term trips: Five lessons learned

From my very first experience in Chile as a junior in high school, to the last five years that we have lived in Malawi, I have come across and learned more than I can write about the role and potential impact of short-term teams. Here are five of them – and five of the peopleContinue reading “Short-term trips: Five lessons learned”

First VSL training & another CHE vision seminar

After many months of preparation, last week marked the first training of trainers for the Village Savings and Loans program! This entailed a full three days of training for 29 selected trainers (both men and women) from Rumphi, Mzimba, Machinga, Zomba and Mulanje. The primary task of the training was to get the trainees preparedContinue reading “First VSL training & another CHE vision seminar”

How you begin determines where you end: The difficult but formative process of starting a new program in Malawi

For those of you who know that we are working to implement two new programs of Village Savings and Loans and CHE (Community Health Evangelism), you will invariably remember us saying “we are working on it” for about 2 years now. So, in order to better convey where we are now, and so that youContinue reading “How you begin determines where you end: The difficult but formative process of starting a new program in Malawi”

Missionary Feet

My daughter, like many others, loves to put on my shoes. Strangely my sturdy Tevas are not as picturesque as a pair of heels. The first time she tried them on, my pulse quickened with concern. My shoes are with me everywhere. The street. The dirt. Drop toilets. Everywhere. And in wanting to be likeContinue reading “Missionary Feet”