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Dec 18, 2014 - Day 2 of VBS in the village of Glasten

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, December 26, 2014, In : FIA 

by Mary Lindloff

Today we arrived for our second day of VBS in the village of Glasten. I was excited to be able to teach the story of Jesus' birth to so many children!

After I told the story of Jesus' birth, the children had the opportunity to act out the story using masks. The children had chances to be Mary, Joseph, Caesar Augustus, the owner of the inn and the animals in the stable. The children eagerly volunteered to act out the story; their faces lit up with joy when the...


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Craft Day at VBS in Malawi - Kristin

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, July 28, 2014, In : FIA 



It was craft day, but this time I took the under 5s while Jessie taught the older kids. The under 5s craft was just a coloring sheet that matched the story of creation and had the Bible verse on it. We laid out the sheets and put a crayon down for each child before they came to sit down. If we were in the States, the kids would have run in, grabbed the crayons, and started coloring away while chatting with their neighbors. I was so impressed with these Malawian kids, though. They came...


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More From Malawi - Andrea

Posted by djaspersen on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, In : FIA 

I consider myself an athlete. (Although now I should probably include the word old.)  I took my athletic self on an old wooden roller coaster ride at Mt. Olympus Park in Wisconsin this summer with my family. After I got off, I could have used a chiropractor.

That memory came flooding back to me as we traveled down the narrow dirt road in Africa on the way to our first village church. Our team laughed as we clutched onto anything we could for stability. As our Land Rover powerfully tackled th...


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Note from Malawi - Kristin

Posted by djaspersen on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : FIA 

We had been driving along some dirt roads for a while, seeing our first glimpses of village life.

The houses were made out of bricks, the bricks we saw drying in the sun. They were modest houses, but they looked clean. There were also chickens and goats wandering everywhere, along with adults and children.

Then we turned down this lane I thought was too narrow for a car to drive on. As we got closer to the church, we could hear voices. As soon as we turned into the church, the women's c...


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Esther Harbach, Peoria, AZ

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, July 11, 2014, In : FIA 

This trip was absolutely amazing and much more incredible that I could have imagined. I can't think of a better way to spend my time than by serving God with friends by my side and people who share my faith. It's amazing that you can travel across the country and feel right at home with people whom you've never met. The host families were phenomenal. It actually emotional to leave today, because they feel like our extended family! Although we were split between 3 homes, we  were able ...


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