Melissa returns from Igalulu

THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE MV MWONGOSO, A SHIP THAT TOOK MELISSA FROM KIGOMA TO IGALULU. HERE IS WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HER TRIP TO IGALULU.

Okay, so I only have 11 minutes to get all the details typed from our week long trip in Igalula (not Ululu), so here goes.

The start was interesting. The intern and team guys, along with the national guys, took a boat around noon on Wednesday, and we were supposed (the girls and 4 men to protect us!) take the ship at 3:00pm. Well, the Liemba isn’t working right now b/c its transporting refugees back to Congo, so we took the MOngozo (sp?) instead. We didn’t wind up leaving until around midnight, so it was great because we slept the whole time! When we got off at around 8:00am Thursday morning, it was intense trying to walk through all the passengers in 3rd class. But, we all got off safely (no one was smashed between the big boat and little boat mom!), and then we were in Igalula in about 20 minutes.

To sum up the week quickly…it was awesome because we were able to go to the lake and bathe/swim nearly everyday so we just felt much cleaner than we did when in Kaseke. We did a lot of door to door ministry, where we would just walk around and wait for people to invite us to sit down and talk with them. They were pretty willing as there are not many white people there ever, so they were extremely open to what we had to say. The crazy thing was the demon huts that a lot of the villagers had built basically to appease the demons. Its so sad because we went to a house and talked with this family who says that they are Christians, but they still had the huts. They dont realize the power of God and that He is bigger than anything else they might fear. Please pray that through the week of us being there that they were able to see and experience His power!

I was able to work in the Pharmacy of the medical clinic for a couple days to let Jason, one of the interns, break free for a time. He has spent all of his time in there, so it was great for him to be able to get out and play with the kids.

There is so much more I want to write, but I only have a few minutes left. I will have to fill you in when I’m home. Also, probably the biggest bummer ever….my camera fell out of my skirt (it was tucked in the elastic part) and the screen pretty much shattered on the inside. I can still take pics, just can’t see what i”m taking. Mom, can you check the warranty to see if it is covered with drioping it? ThankS!

Eric, everyone out here greets you and missed you like crazy! They always are asking about you! You made such a huge impact.

Moqqi, I will try to answer your questions next time.

I love oyou all! Hope and pray you are doing amazing! I’m sorry this is so short!

love,
Mel

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About Moqqi

I was born in the Midwest but I have actually lived more of my life on the West Coast. I am looking forward to that day when I once again am living in the Midwest. Hopefully that will mean that I am retired and getting to live life at a bit of a slower pace! I've been married to the same guy for 36 years! We met when he was working for a semi-pro hockey team and I was selling tickets to the games. He also played hockey at an amateur and college level and I think I fell instantly in love when we went ice skating together and he saved me from crashing when someone behind me fell (I was skating backwards, he was skating forward, so we were facing each other.) and he reached out with his big, strong arms and grabbed both of my upper arms and just stopped me dead in my tracks to make sure I didn't fall over the person. My Hercules! I have two children, a son and a daughter. My son is an Registered Nurse and works in an ICU. He is married to a wonderful girl that I couldn't have hand picked better. They have produced the absolute, most cute and adorable Grandchildren that anyone could ask for! My daughter is now a Fifth Grade teacher. She has a joy and passion for teaching and loving her students that is not seen in many teachers these days. She truly found her calling. I have this blog because I thought it would be nice to have a place that I could share what is going on in our lives and I also just love to tell stories. I'm not a writer per se, but I do love a good story. Even if it's just a short little quip!
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