Most of these photos were from when Lora’s sister, Heather, visited us in Madagascar in April-May 2012. We spent time in Tana, Antsirabe, and moved from there to Tamatave, stopping to see some awesome animals along the way.
(06/01/2012, 116 Photos)
Watch this video for an introduction to the Antakarana people and our work among them
After two trips to/from the island of Nosy Mitsio and three to/from the Port (I forgot a couple of things there on the second trip), all in the last 6 days, we've finally finished moving all of our things into our new house in Ambilobe! For a celebratory dinner tonight we cooked steak and fried potatoes, thanks to having a local market here with plenty of fresh food! ... See MoreSee Less
We made it to Ambilobe! For us, this is a very nice house; though there weren't many to choose from in Ambilobe, we think this was a great choice. It has four spacious rooms (great for receiving guests), electricity (when the rest of the town has it), and a well in the yard (no running water yet). And it shares a yard with several neighbors who've all been exceptionally friendly so far. We got all of our things (from the first boatload) moved into the house and we've been very well-received so far by quite a few nearby neighbors. We think it's a great start to our time living in the Ambilobe area! ... See MoreSee Less
Tomorrow, if everything goes well, we should be moving off of Nosy Mitsio, after living here for five years. Please pray for good weather and a smooth trip. It'd also be great if we could get all of our stuff and furniture into one boatload! This picture is one of the last sunsets we've had here - always beautiful and stunning! It's hard to say goodbye to this place and these people under these circumstances, but we trust that God has good things in store in our future. We'll try to share a full update next week or the week after. ... See MoreSee Less
Well, due to the fairly regular way local boat travel works here (since we don't have access to our team boat), we loaded the boat since early morning, spent most of the day traveling slowly, and we're now waiting on dry land (during low tide) at the mouth of the river which goes into the Port. We should be able to actually enter the Port close to midnight (about 5 hours from now), unload the boat there, guard our stuff from thieves all night (me and the guys - have to stay awake to do it), then reload in a truck in the morning for the roughly two-hour ride to our new place in Ambilobe. Whew! Not exactly a smooth move, but not entirely surprising either (though we were hopeful we'd avoid a situation like this - but you really just can't avoid local habit). We made a lot of similar trips to this one when we first moved to Nosy Mitsio so many years ago, but have basically avoided this sort of situation since we got the team boat. But, now we're moving out in much the same way we moved in! Interesting how things often come full circle.
Oh, and the weather was great, just a slow (but "smooth") trip. So thanks everyone for your prayers!
Matimu's really been wanting to go camping here before we move off of Nosy Mitsio. So last night we went into the woods nearby and had a good time. The highlight was while we were sitting on a fallen log eating our dinners, a big Madagascar boa slithered right up behind our legs! It was fun seeing it and the other night life on Nosy Mitsio that we don't usually see. I didn't get any pictures of the huge fruit bats that kept flapping around in the trees above us. :-) ... See MoreSee Less
We've had some great times living here on this little island, and this picture is a great example! Our son Matimu has practically grown up here, now seven years old! And David has spent most of his life so far here too. We've also had some incredibly difficult and challenging times here. And we'll be moving off of Nosy Mitsio very soon and it'll be a sad goodbye, though we hope to visit regularly. (We'll definitely still be here in Madagascar though!) We'll give an update with all the details sometime soon, should be in the next few weeks.Enjoying playing with Matimu in a nearby tidal pool. He was still afraid of the waves at this point, so these tidal pools were a nice chance for him to have fun. ... See MoreSee Less