Settling In

Well I’m certainly being encouraged to acclimatise quickly. I had water for an hour yesterday. The electricity was off for 3 hours and went off as I was trying to email people to say I’d arrived safely. Thankfully the water was on this morning for a couple of hours and I was able to have a much needed shower. At 8 o’clock this morning I could hear people outside waiting for me and from the time I opened my door I had a constant stream of little visitors. I tried to excuse myself after about an hour, but everyone just stayed so I decided to clean the outside of my house. What a fab idea ... did I have some more cloths? I very quickly had the path swept, my front windows cleaned and the walls washed. I hadn’t intended to do the later, but they all thought it was a good idea. Unfortunately the water then went off and work stopped.

The rest of the day has been a steady stream of seeing people. My new neighbour decided that the sooner I started my Chichewa lessons the sooner I’d be back teaching so last night I was sat outside chatting in Chichewa, being reminded of vocabulary, learning new words and having my pronunciation corrected. It was actually really exciting. Two students I’ve taught are now lecturing at the college and another is working in the library and I was given a plotted history of what everyone else is doing.

This afternoon there was a birthday party with all the SIM Missionaries. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet the many new people. It was incredible to see all the young people. Many of the new missionaries have young families. It will take me a while to work out who belongs to who and learn all the names.