Hallako ny hallako!
*Explanation of the joke that renders it unfunny* the root of the malagasy word for 'hate' is the malagasy word for spider. so by that logic spiders dont possess a trait that makes us hate them nor are they themselves hateful, but the very emotion of hatefulness contains the essence of spiders. Rings true.
sorry this post is gonna be a quick one again. but heres something i forgot in my haste last week: at Sitraka's baptism not only did the font fill with very yellow looking water, it filled very slowly and we ended up spending about forty minutes going to pumps and filling buckets with water then carrying them to the font and dumping them in to fill it just barely high enough for Sitraka to get dunked. Oh and beyond that while we were filling the font Sitraka's little 6-ish year old sister faceplanted on a cement curb in the parking lot and hit here front teeth out. Baptisms are always very eventful here. Dont worry, her sister is okay now but its a little weird seeing her these days. like i know alot of people here with teeth and a lot without but this is the first time I've known someone on both sides.
no new pictures this week from Horse or me, but i was sitting next to the APs while they were compiling some pictures of missionaries at work across madagascar and i got him to forward it to me. i thought they were fairly representative of a normal day here so maybe youll like em. and if you dont, well I could have given you no pictures, stop being such a brat.
Oh i actually just received a new pic in email, gon add dis right quick
So I've been meaning to talk about these guys for a while but i didnt have a picture until now! So some mlagasies go on a mission to South Africa, but like I said they have a hard time getting Visas. so while they wait for theyre visa's they serve here. These three guys have been living with me and Horse the past few weeks and its essentially been the best thing ever. Left to right, Elder Nohaingoinaina, Raharijoherinirina, McCrary, Ratsimbazafy, Horspool.
Nohaingoinaina actually served in England but his visa expired and they kicked him out so hes just finishing up here for the last few months. He's a great teacher and super good at english. Fun Fact: he is Stepahnie's cousin (yes, THE Stephanie) and grew up in the same house with her.
Raharijoherinirina is the newest at english but he's still really good. Learning to be a car mechanic. We teach each other a lot and I love going out to teach with him because i always learn a lot. Absolutely hilarious, but i think you need to hear his accent for any of my stories to work...
Ratsimbazafy is pretty much my best friend in country. I'll definitely talk more about him later. (remind me)
and all three of these guys partially supported themselves by rapping and writing beats before the mission, something, im pretty sure every gasy male in existance does. You should here em go off together.
on to part two of the blog post today
It be transfer week my brothas. Horse is going to Fort Dauphin (rated the third most beautiful place on earth, the most successful zone in the mission, and the only place in the world that speaks Atandroy, a dialect so radical its essentially a different language. the church even has a different name down there.) Needless to say my (former) comp is estatic. I'm staying in Betongolo and my new comp will be Elder Ahlstrohm. I dont know much about him other than hes one of two Elder Ahlstrohm's in the mission and he is bigger than the other one so everyone calls him (T)Ahlstrohm. Thats seriously how he is entered into the official church records here. (the other is (Sm)Ahlstrohm). Needless to say this pleases me.
I'm really excited, I love this area and its growing great right now. When we got here we knew 5 investigators, now we have almost 30 and I love all of them. I'm honestly super happy I'll get to keep teaching them.
I love you guys all too, honestly so much I have trouble expressing it, so I'll let Bonnie Tyler say it for me