Madagascar {Traveling Abroad}

July 18, 2013

I’m currently sitting in my living room working on this month’s newsletter & prayer calendar. I can hear African drums in the background that have been playing for over 2 hours now…they may have been playing all night. At any given moment, there may be loud yelling or chanting from the streets, goats “bahhing”, zebu “mooing”, or the “pit pat pit pat” patter of feet running the newest customer around on their pousse pousse (rickshaw). While some of these sounds may be familiar to you, I’m guessing the combination doesn’t happen in everyday MS. My family lives in Tulear, Madagascar. We are missionaries through the International Mission Board and have lived here for 2 years now.

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I grew up knowing that the Lord would have me in Africa one day, and 28 years later – here I am. Which to me is pretty awesome. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to live overseas telling those who haven’t had the opportunity about Jesus. We’ve finished language school but will forever be students of the Malagasy language. Tulear is a little different than where I grew up in Meridian, and aside from missing family, I love & treasure the differences (well most of the time!) Things like: we shop for our fruits and veggies at an open air (read: fly infested, stinky) market, that the roads are more crowded with people than cars, and how slower paced (read: no dryers, power outages, cooking from scratch) life is here.

10473_664833561668_57422785_nIf you are trying to escape that MS heat this summer, know we’re sitting over here in sweatshirts on most nights because our seasons are opposite from yours. It gets down to a chilly 70 most nights and only mid 80s during the day – which is quite a relief from our hot season (September – April) where the average is 100 degrees!

46185_668097191328_172671640_nThis type of traveling abroad is probably a little different than what most people spend their summers doing but it’s our home, our life, and we know we’re where He has called us. Thanks for “visiting” with us for a little while!

 

nickolee Nickolee is married to her best friend, mom to the cutest toddler and is expecting a new bundle of joy this January. She desires above all else to demonstrate the grace, love, & forgiveness to others that has been shown to her through her Savior, Jesus Christ. Raised in Meridian, MS, her family now calls Tulear, Madagascar home.

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