Malawi so far?

  • Post category:Personal stories
  • Reading time:4 mins read

“So what has Malawi been like?”

This is the question we’ve been asked by family and friends, and as I reflect on it now, after half-a-year of living in the Capital city, 3 things stand out:

1. People

To be honest, I wasn’t sure who we would meet, and who would join our church family. But it has been incredible to witness who God has brought together. We are still a small congregation but we are already rich in diversity, having 5 nationalities represented: Malawian, South African, Nigerian, Sri-Lankan, and Ugandan. Then there is the surprising mix of varied educations and vocations: from lawyers to farmers, from medical doctors to nanny’s, from consultants to cleaners, from CEO’s to the unemployed. God has also brought us into contact with people in our neighbourhood, people of varied faiths: Muslims, Buddhists, Hindu’s, and New-Agers, and many of these people have become our friends, people we’ve had the privilege to pray with and have conversations with about Jesus.

2. Place

When we were planning to relocate to Malawi, we had no idea what we would find for a house, based off budget and what would be available. Through a providential set of events, Sheree connected with a lady on Facebook who told us about a unit available in her complex. It sounded ideal and all that we hoped for: 3 bedrooms (the extra 2 for a guest room and office), 2 bathrooms, with a few bonus extras: a backup power system, air conditioners in the lounge and main bedroom (helpful for the extra-hot summer months), and 24/7 security guards at the complex. It was also conveniently located 5 minutes drive from where we would be meeting for church services, and close-by to a number of shopping centres. It all sounded too good to be true, but it wasn’t. We secured the lease and it has become our small sanctuary and base. We love our new home, and are so grateful to God for it. It took a little time but soon enough we settled into life in Lilongwe: finding our way around, knowing where to get what we need, frequenting our local food market, getting great deals at DAPP (the charity clothing store), and eating loads of local ‘Kilombero’ rice.

3. Pace

I was born and raised in Johannesburg, and have lived most of my life in the city of gold. It’s a city of drive and ambition, a place where people chase their dreams and don’t linger in doing so, like it’s some kind of race, and it’s a fast one. So you’ll find there’s this pace to Joburg, a charge in the atmosphere, a beat in the air – and it’s uptempo. But coming to Malawi, Lilongwe in particular, it’s different, the Western worlds franticness flitters out, there’s no race, just a walk in the park on a Sunday afternoon, the pace is steady but slow. My inner tempo is still adjusting to the tempo of this city, I’m still running faster than the norm here (old habits die hard and some of it remains useful), but the slower pace feels more manageable, more enjoyable, and, I trust, no less productive. The goal is to find Gods tempo, His pace, to follow Jesus, to walk in-step with the Spirit, not running ahead, not lagging behind.

Just a Snapshot

So what has Malawi been like?
I have shared these few snippets of our experience but this blog can hardly tell the full story. Maybe you’ll have to find out more for yourself. We do have a guest bedroom ready-and-waiting… just saying.

Leave a Reply