Malawi: Day One

20120421-DSC_2986Around noon on a Saturday, we finally landed at Chileka International Airport where we were met by Rev. Mike and Debbie Burns. Mike and Debbie are Canadians appointed jointly by the PCC and the Blantyre Synod to serve as part of our long-standing partnership. Mike is associate minister at St. James CCAP in Blantyre while Debbie serves as Technical Assistant at the Blantyre Synod Health & Development Commission. Mike and Debbie would be our hosts, interpreters, tour guides and friends for the next two weeks.

After quickly dropping our bags at Annie’s Lodge, the hotel we would call home for the next five nights, it was off to our first official event – a meeting with the General Secretary of the Blantyre Synod, Rev. Alex Maulana. Following the meeting, we were taken on a tour of the historic Blantyre Mission by Rev. Chitsulo, a former General Secretary. We were shown the Blantyre Synod offices, St. Michael and All Angels church, and the primary and secondary schools that are located on the Mission.

Finally, we walked back to Annie’s Lodge for a very nice candlelight dinner with Debbie and Mike where we were briefed on how we would be spending the next several days.

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