"Manahoana" and Hello my friends!
Here are some quick facts about my life as a french teacher here in Madagascar.
- People are poor, but wear Lacoste, Puma, and Abercrombie and Fitch clothing.
- The Malagasy people listen to all kinds of music—even French Canadian artists like Garou and Roch Voisine.
- Have I mentioned that I saw a chameleon?
- It seems the lizards in my apartment have poisonous skin.
- I’m currently teaching teens, adults and grandparents, but will soon switch to teaching kids age 10-13.
- At church we’re expected to put our offerings in three separate plates, plus a bonus fourth offering to help cover the Lord’s Supper.
- Last Sunday at church they exorcised demons.
- Our fridge isn’t working so we finally got one on our third week. Hallelujah! But our stove isn’t working, so no cupcakes :(
- I teach my students worship songs in English and French, and they love it! They adore “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord” – both French and English versions.
- I’m surprised when I see white people. I catch myself thinking—‘these people, they don’t know our struggles!' And then I remember.
- I travelled into the bush with the pastor’s family. I’m really blessed to have been able to visit mountain villages, cascading waterfalls, and tropical rivers.
- I feel a strong meat craving coming on.
- I’m thankful for my lovely Swiss roommate, the fleece jackets a friendly woman gave us to keep warm, the relationships I’m establishing with Malagasy friends, and the amazing discoveries I’m making every day. For example, yesterday I learned I can make a mean soup. Who knew?!
Well, that’s all for now. God bless!