Sunday, January 28, 2007

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Muli Bwangi (How are you)

Moni (Hello)

Today when we went to a chief's house to eat some good Malawian food, these kids from the village wanted to see me. So we let the kids into the yard, which really isn't that much room and I told them 3 bible stories and played tag with them. It was wonderful. And most of them asked Jesus into their hearts for the very first time, including one man who had snuck in. And the man thanked me very very much for telling him about Jesus. I feel so happy for him.

Zikomo (Thank-you)


Thursday, January 25, 2007

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Hey Guys,
The poverty here is incredible, the need here is big. If you have a bike here, you are considered rich. I've bought 5 bikes so far and given 2 of them away already. All of the kids clothes have holes in them and some don't wear clothes and their shoes are not good at all. Not many kids even have shoe's. The have many cuts from falling down. And there are alot of disease here. It's hard to believe. Bye for now.

Hi everybody, this is Sue, Jaako's mom now. Jaako says it great when he says it is hard to believe. The need here is bigger than I ever imagined. We went to a small market place and handed out some candies and Bags of Hope to the children there and they were just amazed. At 2 other markets we started handing out gum and sweets and we were literally mobbed by the children. We were pushed back against the vehicles by the kids trying to grab the bag and crying Madam or Boy Please!!! Give me some!! It was horrific. All for candy. Every where we go we are asked for money. By all ages, not just the children. The market places are the worst. You try to buy from every one just so they can have a next meal!! I'm coming home with lots of African carvings and bowls!!!! But they all beg you to buy, some have not eaten that day and need a sale. Some of course use that to make the sale. You kind of get to know who is being sincere or not. The Malawians can't lie. If they are smiling big - they are not telling you the truth!!! Please pray for us as we try to help people. The need is so great and our funds are sooooo small in comparison - we hate being the ones to decide who gets and who doesn't. Sometimes God tells ones of us very strongly to buy something so we do. We bought 57 shoes for a small village because they were mostly bare footed there!!! Thanks for your prayers and support and can't wait to come home and share with all of you our pictures and stories. God Bless you!!!! Love, Sue

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Everything is going good

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Hey there guys, everything has just been great. We have just gone to the store and bought all our maize, sugar, rice, oil and salt. This is the stuff we are going to be giving to the families We have just met two pastors. They are great people of God. I’m really looking forward to going into the village tomorrow. When we went to market where they just sell little things that they made, they’d all come up to you and they would never leave you and they would tell you to buy this. And they say they will give it to you for a good price.

Friday, January 19, 2007
(Hey guys, this is Sue, Jaako’s mom, we apologize but it is very difficult to get an internet connection here so this entry contains two days. This is an amazing country with beauty and hard-ache all rolled into one. The need is so great. Beyond our small hands. The Malawians are beautiful people with very warm hearts and ready smiles. We will try in the next few days upload a picture onto the blog. Please partner with us in prayer as we visit village to village. We experience the greatest joy and the greatest sadness within minutes of each other.)

(Jaako) We have gone to two churches now. They worship beautifully! They pray to God, they sing and they dance. And I told a couple bible stories, and it worked out pretty well. And when they got the Ziploc bags, they were very happy. Not only were we only able to help the children, we were able to help the whole church. We bought 5 bags of maize (50kg each), one bag of rice (25 kg) , oil, sugar and salt for them to share. We bought one of the pastors a bike and there is four still stored at the Jonats. Here are many many differences. Everything is opposite how they function things. Like lights, fans, how you drive and other things. It was just so cool going to the churches. Bye for now.

From Jaako

Thursday, January 11, 2007

How I'm doing so far....

Hello there,
Lately we have got around $28,000 raised and we got around 530 Bags of Hope. I just can't really wait until we go, I'm just getting so excited now that it is so soon. I just can't wait. I'm really looking forward to meeting the children and getting to know them. I really want to try and help the adults that haven't died from AIDS yet and even get to know them too. I really want to change this Nation and just help them. I'm a little bit nervous about going on the plane because I haven't been on one since I was two. We're just about ready to start getting all our things packed and we're not close at all to being ready to go. But we'll be ready soon enough. Bye for now. God Bless you.
From Jaako.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Pancake Breakfast

Hey There, I'm leaving in 5 days. I'm so excited, I really can't wait. Time has gone by really really fast. A little bit to fast in fact. On the 13th the day before I go, we're having a pancake breakfast. Tickets are $8.oo and it is at Thunder Bay Christian Fellowship. You can just come out and chat, have some Finnish pancakes and just get to see me for the last time. You guys have been such a great support with me and my trip. Bye for now.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

2 weeks more before I go

Only 12 more days until we leave to Malawi! I can't really wait it just seems wierd that it is so soon. I'm looking forward to meeting the children. We've got around $20,000 raised. We've sold many, many chickens, a couple goats, a few bikes and maize and one treadle pump. We've sold many, many shirts and hats and a few buttons. Please buy more buttons. It's been great having you guys reading my blog. A special thanks to my cousin Tiia and her friends in Sault Ste. Marie. Please leave me some comments. Bye for now everybody. God is working things out.
God Bless you.