Lemurs!

There were a few places where Dad, Mom, and I saw lemurs, and I more lemur pictures than I know what to do with.  Below are the ones that I like the most.

A dancing lemur hiding in the trees.

Here you see two brown lemurs.

I got surrounded at one point by dancing lemurs on the path in the national park!  There is one behind me as I took this picture.

And then the dancing lemur jumped away.  They are called dancing because they don’t crawl places.  Instead they always jump.

These bamboo lemurs were my favorite.

Sifaka lemur.

The signature ringtale lemur.

Another brown lemur.

And one more brown lemur!  Aren’t lemurs the best!

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Pictures of the Trip With My Mom And Dad

The trip with my parents still has a couple days left, but we have finally arrived in Toliara.  For the past week, we have been driving to several different places throughout Madagascar, seeing rain forests, deserts, villages, and spectacular mountain parks.  Enjoy these pictures of out time thus far!

If Only I Had Died At The Hotel!

Yesterday, I was in was hiking with Mom and Dad through a natural wonder—one of Madagascar’s many national parks named Isalo.  Moment after moment, the scenery was simply unbelievable (I promise there will be pictures once I get back to my computer).  All you want to do in the midst of such magnificance is wonder and thank God for letting little humans like us take part in such an incredible creation.

Unless, of course, you are me, in which case the park was just stupid. Because obviously, the cloud formations weren’t pretty enough to get the pictures I wanted, the guide talked too long, the grass was too long and rubbed against my arms, and there were too many French people in speedos at the natural swimming pool.  I was also hungry.

So no thanks. Grumble grumble grumble. I should have just stayed at the hotel.

“All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, ‘If only we had died in Egypt!'” -Numbers 14:2

…Oops.  Maybe I haven’t really learned anything in Madagascar. At least the Israelites were complaining about a wilderness and not the shape of cloud formations.

Talking Is Good

Over the course of my life, I have decided that maybe, perhaps, there is a chance, that I am slightly more introverted than extroverted.  That leads me to be a bit withdrawn at times.

But one lesson that being here in Madagascar has pounded into my head is that people are a gift from God, and being able to talk with people (especially in English) is one of the greatest blessings He could have thought to give us.  I pray that I never forget that communicating is a gift, instead reverting to assuming that it is a given.  Thank you God for talking.

On a related note, my parents arrived here in Madagascar safely about 36 hours ago!  Mom had a lemur on her head this morning.  However, pictures will have to wait for a future post.

Why I’m So EXCITED!!!!!!!!

I found this bag and I am packing my clothes in it!


You might think I look excited in my picture because of the cool bag I found at the market, but actually, the reason I am so excited isn’t the bag itself but what I am using it for.  I am using the bag to pack my things to go to the capital city, Antananarivo.  Tomorrow at 4am, I am going to start my journey, and  I could not be more excited.  Why am I going, you ask?  Because I’m going to pick up my Mom and Dad!

Yes, I convinced them to come and see me here in Madagascar, and for nine days, we will be traveling through the country, surveying Madagascar’s beauty.  What I am most looking forward to is that they are going to come here to Toliara to see what I have been doing for the last eight months.  If you don’t mind, please be praying that all of us would have safe and healthy travels.

Also, today I realized that it is March 12.  And that means, in exactly one month, I will be headed back to America.  I’m not sure exactly what my thoughts are.  I know I’m excited to see people back at home, but I know I will miss people here.  But one thing is for sure.  Time flies.

Pictures From The Downline Team’s Visit

Sorry it has been a while since I posted anything.  We have had a ton going on for the past two weeks.  Downline Ministries sent a team of 10 people here to train leaders in the church.  Also, we had a huge celebration for the dedication of the Bishop’s Gathering place, a new building here in Toliara.  The team left today, so I finally have time to post some pictures to my blog.