I’ve been here in Madagascar for a little over a month now. I can’t believe it has been that long already!! Time sure does fly by! I have adapted myself back to life here on the island, and I feel so at home. Sometimes, when I think about it, it feels like I never left.
I am very blessed that I have not forgotten the Malagasy language here, so it’s great that I can continue to communicate well with the people here. Yes, sometimes I forgot a word or two, but in general, we understand each other. They have a specific dialect here, and for some it’s really strong. There are times when I need help with the dialect, but, while I’m here, I hope that I can improve the dialect language. Since I know the Malagasy language well, I’m hoping it won’t be too hard to learn the dialect. There are some words that I know already, but I want to learn more.
Jo Jo (on the right) with his cousin Jo!
I’m pretty excited about the months ahead, and the things I will be able to help with, accomplish and do while I’m here. I have shared my heart with Victor and Douce, and they are excited as well with what I hope to do. I look forward to working together with them and their team over the coming months.
The first weekend I was here in Tamatave, I was able to help with a camp. It was a youth leadership camp, with 16 campers. They all loved their time here, and wished it lasted longer than three days. Victor, as well as Faly from Tana, taught during the camp.
I was also a part of a 7 wedding celebration. You can read more about that on my next blog!!
We also hosted two days of training for the leaders in the different villages that the base here is working in. They come here every few months to receive training. Some of the villages these leaders are working in, I have visited in the past, and I hope to visit more of them this trip.