Photos of people living in poverty in the developing world often appear beautiful, which is something I find perplexing. They often show lush fields with people clothed in traditional, colourful clothing or beautiful, smiling children. This is something I’ve been struggling with since our first day here on September 3rd. As we were driving from … Continue reading The Beauty of Poverty?
People here in Malawi want to know, “Where do you stay?” They mean where do I live. I tell them the Blantyre Synod mission grounds near St. Michael and All Angels (the church pictured). Often their response is, “Ah, so you are a missionary.” I smile and nod while my internal response is, “Sort of. … Continue reading The Problem With Missionary
On the evening of our third day in Malawi, during a power outage when I was trying to find a flashlight, I dropped my phone. The screen smashed on the cement floor. Instantly I lost contact with family and friends in Canada plus all new contacts in Malawi. I had almost no contacts so I started … Continue reading My Cell Phone Saga
On August 3rd, after selling our house, our car, and most of our possessions, we said some teary good-byes in British Columbia and boarded a plane to begin our long trek to Malawi. When we arrived for our 3-week stay in Ontario, we were greeted by family and a festive sign that said, “The Party’s … Continue reading The Party’s Here
The Bertrand family, late of Abbotsford (British Columbia, Canada), is moving to Blantyre (Malawi) to start new appointments. We will be using this space for more substantive reflections. Bear with us as we get set up. Continue reading Coming Soon