Thursday, July 5, 2012

This is our neighborhood. This is one of the chapels in Antananarivo which contains our mission offices and our home on the top floor. We have 24 hour security guards at the gate although this is really a pretty safe area. The traffic is crazy, the streets are narrow and winding. There are virtually no street signs. Many people live along small narrow alleys without names. Most of the streets are full of pedestrians and little shops (often micro shops) are every where. The people are very welcoming and warm. We have just had an incredible experience teaching a remarkable family in a 6x6 foot home down a series of tiny paths and alleys. We would never find it again without the elders. Tomorrow we start our travel schedule with at least half of each week on the road or in the air for the next 8 weeks or so. We have some fascinating places to see. We have a remarkable group of missionaries.

1 comment:

  1. Liebe Anna and Dave,
    You're still alive after the first big step, and that was to get there. Congratulations. It will be fun following your blog entries.
    The area looks beautiful and the mission home secure and strong.
    Are you speaking (teaching ) the people in English or Madagascan or French? We hope that they, unlike the pupil in the follow story, will understand the concepts you're trying to teach them, not merely the words.
    Teacher: "Which is more important to us - the moon or the sun?"
    Pupil: "The moon."
    Teacher: "Why?"
    Pupil: "The moon gives us light at night when we need it. The sun gives us light only in the daytime when we don't need it."

    Now at night you can orient not by the North Star but by the southern cross. More about that later.
    Herzliche Grüsse, Heidi and Bob