Friday, December 24, 2004

Rains, Heat and God's Grace

It's time for an update. I arrived in Malawi on 13 December very safely. My Mom, brother, Granny, cousin and other relations were at the airport in Blantyre to welcome me home. I thank God for His faithfulness and His mercies. At the train station in Orebro, I ran into one of the university students union guys, who helped me with the heavy luggage up to Stockholm. At Arlanda airport my box weighing 26 kilogramme didnot attract a fine for being above the 20kg limit. Also I wasn't made to pay for changing my departure date as I expected. Thank God for that. I struggled with the heat as I arrived back in Africa. During the stop-over in South Africa I had to turn up the air-conditioner to cool the room to enable me to sleep! On my first night in Malawi I only went to sleep around 1am due to the heat. I thank God I have acclimatised now. I have been working hard gathering material for my MA project and I have made good progress. Otherwise it is raining alot and really hot. The good thing is everything looks green and beautiful and the crops are doing well in the fields...and I'm enjoying the mangoes! On Christmas eve here in Blantyre, the rains haven't disrupted the hustle and bustle ahead of the big day tomorrow. So may you have a merry Christmas and God bless you.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Great is Thy Faithfulness O Lord

'For the Lord is good and His mercies endure forever' There is a song based on Psalms which goes like this and I like it so much. As I leave for Malawi today I want to trust the Lord for his grace, mercy and favour for the whole journey. May I find favour before God and man all the way through. May the blood of Jesus cover me and every path I take. I nullify every plan of the enemy to cause problems on this journey by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Iam trusting God for journey mercies and smooth passage at the airports and customs points and special annointing on my luggage, and that I will move with blessings of the Lord all the way home.
Cameron Willett my British friend is picking me up at 11 am for Örebro train station and may God bless him so much. For the rest of the trip, I will rest in God's presence, just believing and trusting for His provision. Amen! Pray for me as I pray for you.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Julmust, Glögg and Grace.

Our class had a joint dinner yesterday at the home of our classmate Anna Nyström at her home, 56 Halltorpsvägen. It was over an hour of walking to Anna's place where she lives with her husband Mats and two children. It was drizzly, cold and muddy, but the bash turned out to be a real celebration of Jesus's birth in a Swedish style. Top of the bill was traditional Swedish drinks, glögg (which looks like red wine) and Julmust, which I suspected to be a local version of coca cola! Ha ha ha..
There were plenty of Swedish dishes and others from various corners of the world..South Africa, Ethiopia, Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan and Russia. The Pakistan bean dish looked and tasted like the ones we eat in Malawi..I liked them!
In the morning I said 'goodbye' to some people who I have known over the past few months. In exactly a week's time I will be home in Malawi! I'm quite busy though the semester is ending and I pray for God's peace, grace and sustenance in these last few days in Örebro. I have my Finland paper to finish and sort out travel arrangements. One friend likes to quote this verse: But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12: 9