Madagascar Travel Reflections from Jeff

A person can learn about the ocean by reading books and watching movies, but until you feel the sand between your toes and smell the smells coming off the sea, until you run into the water and get knocked over by the waves, feel the tug of the current and the taste of salt on your lips, you really don't have an appreciation for the ocean. Having recently spent two weeks in Madagascar, I gained a tiny sense of appreciation for that country and its people. To me, the Malagasy people are happy. They were smiling and cheerful. Our group was welcomed wherever we went. In the remote, rural areas we were treated almost like ...


Travel Challenges

In 2 Corinthians Paul wrote, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17). On June 3rd, three of our team arrived in Antananarivo two days later than originally planned. The delays were caused by airplane mechanical issues that led to two missed flights and being re-routed through South Africa. At this time the team’s luggage is still missing. While all of this is not what we wanted or planned, it is nothing more than an inconvenience. The team learned perseverance which comes through trials. Paul wrote, "Perseverance must ...


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