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Group Email January 19, 2015

SO THIS WEEK STARTED OFF ROUGH!! LIKE VERY ROUGH!!! SO, REMEMBER HOW I SAID THERE WAS A STORM THAT WIPED OUT THE ELECTRICITY LAST WEEK? WELL IT DIDNT STOP RAINING! NOT FOR DAYS!!! IT WAS SO BAD THAT IT FLOODED AND DESTROYED EVERYTHING. HALF OF MY AREA HAS BEEN DESTROYED!! ALL THE HOUSES ARE GONE… THERE ARE 160 DEAD SO FAR, DONT KNOW HOW MANY MISSING AND 200,000 PEOPLE HAD TO MOVE DUE TO THEIR HOMES ARE GONE OR PARTLY GONE. IT IS ALL VERY SAD!!! LOTS OF PEOPLE IN MY WARD HAVE MOVED BUT LUCKLY NOBODY DIED! THEY HAD FAMILY MEMBERS DIE THOUGH AND THAT WAS VERY SAD!  SO WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO HELP OUT! AND WE CALLED ALL OVER AND TRIED MAKING SURE PEOPLE WERE ALRIGHT!! I AM SO SURPRISED MORE PEOPLE DIDN’T DIE!! MANY ARE INJURED THOUGH AND IN THE HOSPITAL.  SO IT HAS STILL BEEN RAINING AND WE JUST PRAY THAT THE FLOOD DOESN’T COME AGAIN!!
BUT, KEEP ALL THIS IN MIND!! HOMES DESTROYED, PEOPLE MISSING OR DEAD, AND THEN, LISTEN TO THIS:  THE AFRICANS ARE HAPPY. I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT. IT IS SO AMAZING TO ME. THE DAY IT ALL HAPPENED I DIDN’T SEE ANYBODY CRYING. SOME WERE LAUGHING EVEN. PLAYING IN THE WATER. IT’S NOT LIKE THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME, THEY JUST ARE SO MUCH MORE HUMBLE. THEY KNOW THAT THEY’RE LOVED ONES ARE WITH GOD AND IN A BETTER PLACE THAN THEY WERE ON EARTH! THEY ARE JUST HAPPY AND LOVING. THEY WERE JUST TO THANKFUL THAT THEY’RE ALIVE, EVEN THOUGH SOME LITERALLY JUST HAVE THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACKS WE WERE ALL JOKING THAT GOD WAS CONFUSED. FIRST ALL THE MALAWIANS WERE PRAYING FOR RAIN AND WHEN HE GAVE IT TO THEM THEY PRAYED FOR IT TO STOP. PEOPLE HERE ARE FUNNY! I LEARN FROM THEM EVERYDAY BUT I REALLY LEARNED FROM THEM THIS WEEK. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE.
SO I MADE FUN OF THE ELDERS FOR KEEPING BUCKETS OUTSIDE TO COLLECT RAIN WATER RECENTLY BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS KIND OF A SURVIVAL THING RIGHT NOW. SO NOBODY HAS HAD WATER FOR DAYS EXCEPT FOR MY APARTMENT. WEIRD. LOTS OF MISSIONARIES ARE THERE EVERY NIGHT FILLING UP WATER JUGS. THE ONLY THING KEEPING PEOPLE FROM DEHYDRATION IS THE RAIN WATER. SAD THAT ALL OF BLANTYRE HAS NO WATER. CHURCH WAS CANCELLED THIS WEEK BESIDES SACRAMENT BECAUSE OF IT ALL!!
SO NOW FOR A LIGHTER MOOD:
I WAS ASKED OUT BY A 1/2 WHITE 1/2 INDIAN MAN THIS WEEK. WEIRD THING IS HE ASKED MY COMP OUT TOO!! WANTED TO TAKE US OUT TO EAT AND THEN SALSA DANCE. HE ASKED IF WE WERE ALLOWED TO GET MARRIED! HAHA THAT MAN! OH, HE IS ALSO MY LAND LORD!!! I DON’T KNOW HIS NAME! FLIRTATIOUS LITTLE INDIAN MAN! HAHA!
I GOT TO STUDY MY CANDLELIGHT!! THAT WAS FUN!!! I FELT LIKE JOSEPH SMITH!! I DON’T KNOW WHY BUT I DID!!!
WE GOT LOCKED OUT OF OUR APARTMENT BECAUSE I LEFT THE KEYS IN THE BEALS CAR AND IT WAS RAINING BUT WE HAD FUN! EVEN THOUGH IT WAS PITCH BLACK AND RAINING WE JUST DANCED!! SAW A NASTY BIG SPIDER CHASING US AND WE RAN FOR IT! OUR GUARD WAS JUST LIKE “AMERICANS.” OH, THEN THE BEALS CAME HOME AND THE KEYS WEREN’T THERE! SO I CHECKED MY BAG AND REALIZED I HAD THEM ALL ALONG!! BUT HEY WE HAD FUN! 🙂
SO I CANT REALLY THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE!! IT WAS A SLOW, SAD WEEK BUT ALSO HAPPY!! HARD TO BE SAD WHEN EVERYBODY IS HAPPY! I AM SAFE THOUGH AND FEEL SO BLESSED.
ANYWAYS I LOVE YOU ALL!! COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, YOU HAVE MANY!!!
LOVE SISTER BROWNING!
P.S.  I TAUGHT A MALAWIAN WOMAN HOW TO MAKE AMERICAN SALAD THIS WEEK! SHE WAS JUST LIKE “WOOOOW.”
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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!!