Our flights from Lilongwe to Auckland went according to plan. We did leave Bangkok a little late and this seemed to compound and meant we were about an hour late arriving in Auckland. Some of us missed connecting flights but AirNZ were very helpful and either transferred flights or put members on stand-by at no additional charge. All arrived home on Wednesday just not quite at the time expected.!
The experiences we had in Malawi, the people we met, witnessing the fine example of Jim and Diane’s ministry, seeing the new churches being built, – we certainly did experience the “warm heart of Africa”.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to sharing with you in the future. Please ask us questions, have a chat – we would love to tell you more!
Elaine and the ET/Cromwell team
Sat 7 July
It has been a blessing to be part of this special service today. It did take about six hours and there was quite a lot of translating but somehow the time passed without too much trouble from us. The seats seemed to be comfortable!
The service included many songs by different groups many written especially for the Young’s. Also worship songs, prayers, notices(very long), offering, greetings, teaching, then the service moved into gifts for Jim and Diane, and also some for the NZ guests. After speeches of thanks from various dignitaries, and replies from Jim and Diane the service eventually concluded about three. Potluck lunch then followed.
Now back at the house and then we will be doing some bag packing.
Thank you for following our journey.
Elaine and the team
We are waiting at Jim and Diane’s house before the their farewell service begins. Beginning times for services/functions are quite fluid round here. A 9am beginning could actually mean anything from 9.30 to 10am.
Yesterday we visited a local Farmers market which had a good deal of local African crafts and produce. We enjoyed purchasing assorted gifts to take home.
We had a final visit to Area 47 church and most of the roof was on. So good to see how the funding from NZ has been used.
For dinner we ate at a local Indian restaurant to celebrate our time with Jim and Diane but also Marie’s 70th birthday which is tomorrow when we leave.
About time to walk to church – now 9.40!
Elaine for the team