ok, after it rains all these bugs come out. they are flying termites and tessa said they called them hallelujah bugs in brazil because people rejoiced when it rained and they always showed up. anyway, they swarm to the light and are actually really annoying because they each have four wings and always shed them. in reality they come out after the rain, shed their wings, mate, and die. bleak outlook for life. the next morning most of them are dead already and the malians sweep them all up and fry them. i had a one and...well, i don't think i'll have any more. kinda' makes me think of the plagues when they get to swarming at night. kinda' creepy...especially when you have to walk out the door and they smack you in the face, get caught in you hair, and get caught in your clothes.
Friday, June 29, 2007
ok, here we have some pictures of the house we are staying in. one of them...not sure what order they will be showing up in...is of the house with me and ellen standing outside. half of our team is staying here and we do all our cooking down here as well. it is in the far corner of the compound. one of them is of ellen sitting on the cement pad that is on the back of the house. that's where we hang out most of the time and that's other other picture...us hanging out on the cement pad. alrighty, one of them is of the daily mop of the pad because it gets dusty. that is also ellen's slip and slide time of the day. one shot is of our room and ellen in her crib with the mosquito net. finally, we have a picture of the living room. in that picture the kitchen is off to the left and our room is in the back right corner from there. that should help as you think of us here in the house.
one major part of malian cluture is taking tea. they do it once after lunch and once in the evening after supper. the tea is brewed nice and strong with a hint of mint and sugar. our team as purchased everything to partake ourselves and we are loving it. anyway, we went to get some mint in the market and i went ahead and planted some by the side of the house. they reproduce by propagation. ok, someone help me on this...christi. is that what we call it in the plant world. we have split thoughts amongst the team and need some professional input. all you have to do is break one off and plant it. man, i need that house plant book you gave us. anyway the mint has taken root and looks good. we'll be harvesting in no time. we have land to the west to expand as well, depending on how well they do. oh, and you can't see the mint yet because we covered the little plot with branches to keep the chickens from getting in there and kicking them all up.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
written by scott angelo on Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
ok, so after lunch we drove out to the "lake." it's not really a lake now because it has dried up because of the heat and the lack of rain. they said that when the rains come next month we would be in water over our heads. we learned another interesting thing about creation yesterday too. they said that this lake is teeming with fish. we looked at each other a little questioningly. he noticed our doubt and went on to explain that the fish burrow deep down into the mud and hibernate for the dry season. when the rainy season hits again and the lake fills up then the fish come back out of the mud and spawn and there are more fish than they could ever hope to catch. our god has created an amazing world...
yesterday we went out to the city of kolakani. it was good to get out of the city and see the countryside a little bit. ok, a little breakdown of the pictures. the top is a picture of the village's well. it is about 55 feet deep and that is the source of all life in the area. the second picture is of ellen and tessa as we were walking around. then we paused for lunch; the last picture is of our driver holding ellen as we lounged around and took tea. the tea is pretty good, but it's strong. they actually brew it twice, add a little sugar and sometimes mint, and serve it up piping hot in a little shot glass. pretty good stuff. the next picture is of lunch. they grind up millet in their mortars and then add it to boiling water. it comes out something like a gritty, bread-jello like substance. not half bad in taste. then you dip it in the green sauce like you see tessa doing. the sauce is made from the little leaves of the tree that you see pictured second to last. in kolakani we visited the pastor and his family as well as the christian radio station in town. we also stopped by a couple that is working with world vision. they said that in kolakani and the surrounding area there are over 2,8000 kids sponsored. the funds from sponsors have built a sh cool, feed the kids and their families, and a good share are open to the gospel or have received christ. fun to see the other end of the whole operation. that sums up our day until lunch. the afternoon will be continued in the next post.....
Monday, June 11, 2007
this picture isn't the greatest but only because i had to take it earlier in the evening to get good lighting. in the evenings, man-killing bats come out and they swarm the skys. i assume they are eating the mosquitos that come out in the evenings but it kinda creeped us out at first. when it gets even a little darker than this the bat count doubles if not more. they basically fill the sky. we also noticed that during the day, guys run around with pellet guns and pick them out of trees. guess where they end up...bbq stands. i might have to try that sometime. sauteed man-killer bat. oh, and for the record i have never actually witnessed one of these bats attacking a man with the intent to eat.
written by scott angelo on Monday, June 11, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
i think we have come to realize that this city is huge. 2 million people live in bamako and most of them in extreme poverty. the area that we are staying in is "downtown." it doesn't take more than a 2 minute drive to see the way malians really live.
written by scott angelo on Thursday, June 07, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
written by scott angelo on Saturday, June 02, 2007