Our first full day in Malawi began with the English service at St. James CCAP at 8am. (The Chichewa service is at 6am!) The Malawian culture, we discovered, is EXTREMELY welcoming of visitors – to the point that it makes most westerners uncomfortable. Imagine if every Sunday all visitors were called up to the front of the church an expected to introduce themselves to the congregation! There was, of course, lots of singing… four different choirs sang a few pieces each! Our co-leader (and my good friend) Rev. Ted Creen (shown above) had the honour of preaching the sermon.
In the afternoon, we went for a hike on Mt. Michiru on the outskirts of Blantyre. It was a good way to shake off the stiffness of two days of air travel. The scenery was beautiful, of course, but we noted that it was also quite similar to Canada. Many of the photos could have easily been taken at home. It was a strange realization.
Also in this set are the first of many “through the window” shots where I have tried to capture the diversity of Malawian life as we drove around Blantyre. Most of this day’s shots are “semi-urban” around the outskirts of Blantyre… in following days, you’ll see more of urban Blantyre followed by rural southern Malawi.