Madagaskar – Update!

I can hardly believe that I have been back in SA for more than a month. The Cape is beautiful, but I have to get used to the daily changes in the weather; from wind to a heat wave to rain and cold weather, all within a few days.

As you know, it is cyclone season in the Indian Ocean and the second one, Baristai is rolling towards Madagascar. Nosy Be will have some wind and lots of rain. Please pray for the protection of Gabriel. The capital, Antananarivo is preparing itself once again for flooding. Alice’s school will be closed until 8th of February. Most of the people in the capital are defenseless against a cyclone and the first one of the season, Ana, has already left thousands homeless.

Dries and I were invited to share with a team of young people starting off their missions gap year during the week. They had a camp in Bainskloof, beautiful scenery and the perfect way to start their adventure. ‘Latreuo’, which means to serve and to worship is a very apt name for this group. Xhosa, Zulu, English and Afrikaans are represented and we were very encouraged by their excitement for missions and their eagerness to learn. Dries and I left there remarking that they were probably more of an encouragement to us than what we were to them.

My mother will turn 80 this year and I am so happy that I am able to spend some time with her.

Have a good week!

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