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Well, were certainly not having anything like a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we just arrived back home in Ambilobe this evening.  But were very thankful to be here!  A safe and smooth (though slow) 26 hr bus trip to get here (the roads have deteriorated significantly).  And were thankful that instead of trying to figure out food last minute (with no food in our house, the market closed for the evening, and no grocery store in town), but theres a simple restaurant that we can eat at this evening!  

When asking the boys what theyre thankful for, Matimu said hes thankful for a safe trip to Ambilobe and a comfortable bed, and David said hes thankful that Cuddles (our cat) didnt die while we were gone and that his toys arent broken.  Im thankful for the wonderful family that God has blessed me with, always so good natured and few complaints.  Lora said shes thankful for the home that God has blessed us with in Ambilobe and that there was someone to watch it while we were gone.  (Its going to take some time to rearrange and resettle though!  A whole lot of dust and spiderwebs everywhere!  And our neighbors, with whom we share an electricity meter, didnt pay the bill on time, so no high voltage electricity - meaning no fans to beat the heat and humidity - for any of us right now. But thankful our solar panels still seem to be working well for lights and a bit more.  And the electricity for the whole town is cut off right now anyway, including at the restaurant, haha!).   God is good, hes taken care of us well, and were thankful for what hell do here with us to reach the Antakarana people!

Well, we're certainly not having anything like a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we just arrived back home in Ambilobe this evening. But we're very thankful to be here! A safe and smooth (though slow) 26 hr bus trip to get here (the roads have deteriorated significantly). And we're thankful that instead of trying to figure out food last minute (with no food in our house, the market closed for the evening, and no grocery store in town), but there's a simple restaurant that we can eat at this evening!

When asking the boys what they're thankful for, Matimu said he's thankful for a safe trip to Ambilobe and a comfortable bed, and David said he's thankful that Cuddles (our cat) didn't die while we were gone and that his toys aren't broken. I'm thankful for the wonderful family that God has blessed me with, always so good natured and few complaints. Lora said she's thankful for the home that God has blessed us with in Ambilobe and that there was someone to watch it while we were gone. (It's going to take some time to rearrange and resettle though! A whole lot of dust and spiderwebs everywhere! And our neighbors, with whom we share an electricity meter, didn't pay the bill on time, so no high voltage electricity - meaning no fans to beat the heat and humidity - for any of us right now. But thankful our solar panels still seem to be working well for lights and a bit more. And the electricity for the whole town is cut off right now anyway, including at the restaurant, haha!). God is good, he's taken care of us well, and we're thankful for what he'll do here with us to reach the Antakarana people!
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Thank you for letting us know of the important things in life despite none of the modern comforts that I cannot imagine being without. Just the 26 hour bus trip alone has me exhausted. Thank you for your sacrifices and selfless mission to serve in Madagascar. Happy Thanksgiving, am so glad that you are all well and hanging tough <3

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family even if not a traditional one. Thankful for your family’s work in Madagascar. Blessings!

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Matimu's a TV star here in Madagascar! The English-teaching for children episodes that he was invited to be on for a national Malagasy TV show have finally aired and we finally got a chance to see the first one (while it was broadcast nationally)! If you want to skip to Matimu's portion of the show (about 7 minutes long), it begins at around the 8:55 mark. And if you're interested to see what Malagasy children's TV programming is like, then you should watch the whole episode.

I think this one wasn't bad for a first episode with Matimu. Matimu will also air in 5 more episodes for the next 5 weeks broadcast throughout the entire country, and (from watching the recordings) I think they get better as they go on. It's a fun experience for him, and hopefully some local kids will enjoy learning some English from an American boy like Matimu!

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