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Email 12/22/2014

This week was great!! I don’t really know why though because a ton of bad things happened but it was still like a really good week!!! So, I wont go into detail about the bad things because that would be negative!! Negative is bad ;).

I learned that the Lord really wants me to pray about EVERYTHING I am thankful for!! I forgot to thank him for running water so he turned it off!  It was off in our whole complex for a day, then just my apartment for the next! It came on when I went on exchanges and turned off again when I returned!! Finally, after four days God had pity and gave me cold water! But I was grateful, and SOOOOO  happy!!!  The day I had exchanges the water was running so I got to take a shower there but as I was shampooing my hair it turned off… leaving shampoo in my hair! Man I was mad!!! Let’s just say I had some greasy hair for a while! Just glad people here can’t really tell! My hair is so different they just think it’s supposed to be that way! 🙂 I did have a bucket to rinse my hair!! But still it was bad man!!! 😉 Oh well, fun story!
Let’s see what else, oh so exchanges were fun!! I was in a different area with an American sister so it was fun to have her to talk to! And It was fun to meet new people!! During exchanges in my area (Zingwangwa) drama broke out and some bad things happened! I am really glad It happened the day I was gone! Just something with our recent convert who is awesome! She just made some mistakes in life and we got caught up in it! But It is all good! Hopefully, all will be well! We got out of the drama because we didnt feel like it was our place to be!!
So this week I learned a new word!! I love it! its chikhuluiliro it means faith!! Don’t try to sound it out because you cant!! It is said like (chi-kulu-pi-lee-lilo) it is the chichewa word for faith!  Man it is fun to say! I have been making a break through in the language! I still can’t speak it but I can understand others a bit!! The ones I am around a lot I can understand a bit! Church is still interesting though! For some reason I dont have a translator anymore?! OH, church man! Ha! So talk about boring!! Like the people here speak REALLY soft and REALLY slow!! Like I am not kidding it’s crazy how slow and soft they speak! So I was trying not to fall alseep all Sunday! But the last sacrement meeting we had was fun! Evidently, no body showed up to give talks so it was all missionaries who had to speak! Thank goodness I didn’t! But it was fun to understand people! Then president Erickson came in (he lives in Zambia so it wasnt expected) and talked! So sacrament went for like 1 1/2 hours but it ended with a bang!! This man got up to say the prayer, right? Well, we all tuck our hair behind our ears and lean forward so we can hear him, but instead of a quiet voice the man just starts going off!!  He was saying the most funny things!! And man, he was loud! He prayed for at least 5 mins!! I was literally trying not to laugh!!  It was good!!! That guy was feeling it!!  Haha, holy ghost fire!! That’s also a big thing here!! People chant that! “Holy ghost fire!!” Man even when we teach kids we ask simple questions like “How does heavenly father anwser our prayers?” “Holy ghost fire!” I laugh every time!! 
Well, I can’t really think of anything else but it’s been real!! A good week!! Today it rained so hard people couldn’t drive and we all were stranded in a store!! It even was hailing! That hurt!  I was outside!! The wind was blowing so hard! It was fun! I wanted to leave the little shelter and go play in it but my comp said there was no way she would follow me!!
Anyways, I love you all! And just so you all know, packages are allowed! Ha, some people were under the impression that they aren’t but they are 🙂 Hint-hint! Don’t go broke over me though! 🙂
Love Sister Neicia Marie Browning!
P.S. Christmas party!!! Yay!!! 😉 T minus 45 mins! All the missionaries from Lilongwe (a city in malawi) are traveling over here!! We get to share our flat! That’ll be fun! Sorry, no pictures! No time! Next time!
Elder baugh you’re a punk for not emiling me! As are you Kalten! 🙂
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Email to Mom 12/1/2014

This is some of the email Sister Browning wrote me.

Sorry no pics.  No time I was hiking all day!! I got sun burned on my hand for some reason but no where else!!!! The bananas here are awesome!!!  I need rain boots really bad!!!! My comp is like 4 feet tall!!  Tell Kalten he is a goober for not emailing me!!! Love that kid! Miss the girls!!! I already have three baptisms and I never even taught them!!! The missionary transferred out and I got here and they became mine and got baptized two days later!  Boom!! I am just that good!!!!

I would say goodbye in Chechewa but I don’t remember how! So I’ll say diddy buino! that means I am well!
Love you, Mommy!
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First Week December 1, 2014

P/BAG 277

1 KUFA ROAD, MANDALA

BLANTYE, MALAWI

THATS MY ADDRESS!! TAKES ABOUT 2 MONTHS TO GET HERE SO SEND LETTERS OFTEN AND I WON’T GET SO LONELY!
MULI BWANGI!? THAT MEANS HOW ARE YOU IN CHECHEWA!! THAT IS ONE OF THE TWO LANGUAGES I AM TRYING TO LEARN!! THE FIRST BEING ENGLISH!!! YUP… ENGLISH!!! CHURCH IS FUN!!! I HAVE A TRANSLATOR SPEAKING “ENGLISH” SO IT REALLY DOESN’T DO MUCH GOOD!!! I AM NOT SISTER BROWNING HERE!!! I AM EITHER SISTER BLOWNIN’N OR AZOOGOO!! TRANSLATION- WHITE GIRL!!! YUP!!! WHENEVER I AM WALKING I HEAR AZOOGOO BOE!!! ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!! BOE MEANS HI!!! ITS FUN THOUGH TRYING TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE!!! BUT IT IS HARD!!!
SO I AM NOT IN ZAMBIA I AM IN MALAWI!! A LITTLE COUNTRY BY ZAMBIA!!! EVERYBODY TALKS WEIRD!!! EVEN THE AMERICANS NOW!!! HERE ALL THE “R’S” ARE “L’S”!! THATS FUN!!!
ANYWAYS I DID GET TO HAVE THANKSGIVING DINNER!!! HAVENT EATEN ANYTHING TO CRAZY YET!! I DID EAT A WEIRD BURRITO THING THAT HAD PICKLES, MAYO, AND FRENCH FRIES IN IT THOUGH!!
UMMMM TODAY I GOT TO GO ON A HIKE THAT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVER!!! THE PEOPLE HERE ARE SOOOO POOR!!! LIKE I COULDNT EVEN IMAGINE THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!!! THE WHOLE BELIEF THAT IF YOU WORK HARD YOU WILL HAVE MONEY, YEAH, DONT BELIEVE IT ANYMORE!!! THESE PEOPLE WALK HALF AN HOUR TO GET TO CHURCH, WALK TO GET DIRTY WATER, WALK EVERY WHERE!! THEY ARE SO STRONG AND MAN THEY ARE ALWAYS WORKING!!! BUT THEY SMILE!!! THEY STILL ARE THE MOST HAPPY AND FRIENDLY (WHEN SOBER) PEOPLE EVER!!!
SO I GET HIT ON A LOT… I COULD DO WITHOUT THAT!!! THEY SEE AN AZOOGOO AND BOOM, LOVE!!! I ALSO GET SWARMED BY PEOPLE FOR MONEY!!! THAT’S INTERESTING!
ANYWAYS, I HAVE LIKE NO TIME TODAY BUT I WILL BE ONE FOR A BIT MORE!!! SO RESPOND!!!
OH, I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT MY FLAT!!! SO WE HAVE A GUARD, TWO GATES AND HARD CORE LOCKS EVERYWHERE SO I FEEL PRETTY SAFE!!! BUT WE LIVE IN LIKE THE NICEST PLACE HERE IN MALAWI!!! OUR FLAT HAD THOUSANDS OF TURMITES MOVE IN SO WE GET TO LIVE WHERE THE SENIOR COUPLES DO!!! SAME COMPLEX!!! ITS JUST ME AND MY COMP, SISTER DLAMINI (FROM JOBURG) AND WE HAVE TWO AND A HALF BATHROOMS TWO BEDROOMS!! JUST LOTS OF SPACE!! IT’S NICE!!! I COULD LIVE WITHOUT THE COCKROACHES AND DIRTY WATER THOUGH!!! NOT FUN TO LOOK DOWN IN THE SHOWER AND SEE BLACK WATER!!! BUT ITS ALL CHILL!!
WRITE ME LOVE YOU ALL!!