The trip there and here

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I dare not even try to download a photo. The internet has been so unreliable. It is so discouraging at times. I actually have been using the time to enjoy the time away from the computer. I think we all need to unplug every once and a while. It keeps us sane.

The trip to Mbinga was really a good trip over all. I gained a few pounds, but it was water weight that dropped off plus a few pounds more. I have to be really happy about this, because I have not been at this low of a weight since I had the surgery some 18 months ago. Yeah!!!

I am working out harder than ever. Even on the road I managed to workout every day that we were not on the road. I ate as healthy as you are able on the road. African food is loaded with oil. I ate egg whites from the boiled eggs for breakfast along with oatmeal I brought from Arusha. I then ate like a bird for lunch and dinner. The only deviation was on my birthday when I ate the Snickers and birthday cake- no icing and very little sugar.

The day we left Mbinga was one of the hardest day of the trip. That morning the accomodation truck dropped through a storage tank of some sort- maybe a sewer. We were leaving the hotel that we stayed at when it happened, so it took the team about 2 hours to get the truck out of the hole.

The other hard day was the second day on the road. We got to the town we were to sleep in at 10:30 at night and it took an hour and a half to find a place to sleep. The place was really not clean, but it was a bed to crash on for some hours before leaving for our final destination the next morning.

Mbinga was really a very beautiful place. I do want to post some photos on my blog, but am afraid the internet speed won't let me. I will have to wait until the speed is better on a weekend or maybe when we finally get a new service provider- The current contract ends in October and we are going to see if another provider is a good option.

The good news is that there were thousands that came to the meetings in Mbinga. I don't know exactly how many came for prayer, but it had to be over 1000. There were so many who gave there lives to God and I am so happy that I was there.

So anyways I want to thank all my friends for all the great messages that I had waiting when I got back. I am still really behind on my posts. I teach the next 2 weeks and then have more time to play on the computer.

Please stay in touch with your prodigal daughter. I read the comments on my page and try to answer all my mail.
God bless,
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    emoticon back! You were missed!
    4315 days ago
    Glad to know your trip went so well!!! Bless you friend! We've been missing you!!! Holly
    4316 days ago
    Glad to hear about your trip!

    4316 days ago
    I have missed you and your blogs my friend! Hope you will be back full force soon!

    4316 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    My friend Mary... thanks for blogging and I'm so thankful that your internet service cooperated so that you could post it! Enjoy your computer free time but don't forget us over here in SparkPeople land. We love you.
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    I'll be praying for you during these two weeks of teaching in the Bible School. God Bless you.
    Until later.............. soon I trust......
    4316 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I looked up Mbinga on the map. Do you live near Lake Nyasa? That looks HUGE.
    Sounds very interesting. emoticon
    4317 days ago
    Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great time! Glad you made it back home safely. I know what it feels like to be unplugged for awhile, but sometimes that does us good too.
    4317 days ago
  • MUJU71
    Welcome back, Mary! Being without internet can be a good thing. I recently read an article about the need for a "tech" sabbath. I tried it for awhile and found it to be very beneficial. We look forward to hearing from you whenever you are able. You will NOT be forgotten!
    4317 days ago
    Welcome back!!

    I was waiting to hear that you made it safely back home...

    Being unplugged once in a while has helped me too.

    4317 days ago
    So glad you are back, Mary. Sorry about the internet struggle! but sounds like you've been able to enjoy being "unplugged"! Can't wait to see the photos from your adventure.
    4317 days ago
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