Thoughts on Joy and Suffering

I know that my aches and pains are really not that big of a deal. But we all deal with pain in some form or another, from the seemingly small to the catastrophic, and it occurs in every possible situation in which we find ourselves.

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Becoming His Body

During our team’s first month on Nosy Mitsio, almost every single one of them, including their children, became sick. There were always several sick at once and just as one started to get better, another one or two would fall ill…

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It’s Here!

They just kept holding onto some hope or sign in the sky that this would be the day for the west wind to come. Every day, we talked about the same things: the rice is nearly finished, the dried fish have been bagged up too long, and when is the west wind coming? Some said the relentless northeast wind is a curse…

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Anticipation

You could hear them even before they got close: a handful of ladies making their way down the beach singing energetically. I ran to meet up with them as we continued on to the next village where more joined us. As we began the hour and a half trek to…

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The Mess of Life

It’s quiet here, nothing but the sound of light waves hitting the shore. Everybody’s gone to a spirit possession ceremony and party. Apparently the spirit of someone’s grandfather is sitting inside of her and has made her sick for two years. The spirit needs to be called out so it…

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Giant Antakarana marionette dolls and costumed school-kids parading in Ambilobe in preparation for the independence day. June 22, 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Were in Ambilobe this week and theyre having a big parade as a lead up to Madagascars independence day on Tuesday. I was most impressed by seeing these big Antakarana marionette dolls doing a jig and dancing down the street! I didnt get a great video (just a couple short clips and photos with my phone), but the caricatured appearance and even their movements and dance style was mostly very accurate of the local custom!Image attachmentImage attachment

We're in Ambilobe this week and they're having a big parade as a lead up to Madagascar's independence day on Tuesday. I was most impressed by seeing these big Antakarana marionette dolls doing a jig and dancing down the street! I didn't get a great video (just a couple short clips and photos with my phone), but the caricatured appearance and even their movements and dance style was mostly very accurate of the local custom! ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Giant Antakarana marionette dolls parading in Ambilobe in preparation for the independence day. June 22, 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Our family had a fun time today working the rice harvest with our village. Even David found some work to do! And Matimu decided he didn't want to come back for lunch but wanted to stay up in the fields with his friends all day long! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

So today we finally made the 13-mile hike to and from the "President Fokon'tany" (local government guy); left at 4am and got back just in time for lunch! Which was good, because man was I worn out! I'm sure it was also good my headman, Papan'moana, walked the hike with me. Even he lost the path while it was still dark and we spent a lot of time zig-zagging in the bushes and thorns! Who knows where I would have ended up if it was just me.

After the challenge of walking over large ocean rocks for the last few kilometers to get there (which really slowed me down, but not Papan'moana), I told Papan'moana we should hike over the hills on the way back. It was good and bad. At one point I got stuck in a mud pit with the mud above my knees and I had to pull and squelch my way out of it. That was the worst mud I've ever been stuck in! It took over 15 min just to figure out how to get out of the mud and get moving forward again! But the rest of the overland path was better than the ocean rocks, and we made decent time. And we got the paperwork we needed (though I had to hand-copy several of the forms, because they had run out), so the trip was a success! I think I might've preferred to wait around at the DMV instead though, haha! -Adam
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