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Spring 2015

Lutheran Mobile Clinic Letter to School Children
The rainy season continues in Malawi. Sometimes we go several days between rains but it can rain part of everyday at this time of year. Temperatures are hot right now but it usually cools off a bit after each rain. The maize is getting tall and the landscape is green. People eat the maize after roasting it over hot coals. It’s chewier than sweet corn and it tastes a lot like popcorn when eaten like that. Farmers let most of the maize crop ripen on the stalks and harvest it when it is hard and can be ground into flour for cooking.
At our clinics we have been seeing lots of patients with Malaria, an illness carried by mosquitoes that makes people very sick. In January we saw over 1,700 cases and over 1,300 in February. That is a lot of Malaria and requires teamwork by our staff to make sure that each person with symptoms of Malaria gets tested and treated the right way.
Our new Sister in Charge, Amanda, arrived in Malawi at the end of January. She is working hard and is excited to be working with Lutheran Mobile Clinic. It is fun hearing her say many things that I remember saying when I first arrived in Malawi almost four and half years ago. I remember feeling surprised by all of the people, cattle, goats, chickens and dogs on the side of the roadways. I used to think it was funny when dogs and chickens tried to enter the clinic building but now that seems normal.
I did have a “first” the other day though – a flat-bellied lizard fell from the ceiling at Suzi and landed on me. I managed to sit quietly
 and wait for it to run off on it’s own but there was a lot of screaming (and laughing) by our patients and staff. I doubt I’ll forget that any time soon.
I will be moving back to Wisconsin in April of this year. It will be wonderful to live close to family again, but I will be sad to say goodbye to my Malawi family and friends who have been a huge support to me during my time here. I am so thankful for all of the experiences I have had. I have been so blessed to be a part of this wonderful mission.

God’s blessings to you all,
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11