We officially have ELEVEN days until we board our plane on August 1st in New Orleans, fly to D.C., then Johannesburg, and finally arrive in Malawi! ( the flight from D.C. to Jo-Burg is 15 HOURS long!!!) I cannot even describe the emotions we are feeling at this point!! Well...mainly me I guess. Josh grew up in Africa and I have lived in Clinton, MS my entire life; so I guess it's a little bit more of a "big deal" for me than it is for him. Still, we're both excited!!
This week is both of our last weeks of work :)) So next week we will focus on PACKING; which we really haven't started doing yet. We will store most of our things at mine and Josh's parents' houses. We have pretty much gotten all of our clothes (we have to buy a years worth before we leave because the "shopping" is very limited in Malawi, and a good pair of shoes is impossible to get there). We also have to bring all of our toiletry items....shampoo, soap, deoderant, etc. You can get it there but it is very expensive because any "American" luxery items are imported and the taxes are very high. So a bottle of Pantene Pro-v there would be half the size of a normal bottle here and cost $10.
Our support is coming along pretty good! We have about half of what is recommended coming in monthly. We hope that some people are just waiting until August to start sending support. If not, I guess we will be eating nsema! (a maize based "mush" that the Malawians eat) Because we have already bought our plane tickets so we ARE going no matter what!! AHH...I can't wait to get there! I have enjoyed my time working at the ABC office for the past two years, but I must say, I am ready for a change from an office setting. Teaching little kids will be much more entertaining! ha.
Keep us in your prayers as we are packing and getting ready this next week!