Monday, April 19, 2010

Returning
We just got back to Beira and I (Joel) was reminded of why I do not like to drag so much stuff around (suitcases, bags, computers, baby stuff). The humidity hit me like a ton of bricks as I left the airplane and by the time we had written filled in our entrance forms I was sweating profusely. When getting to the office I had to lug our bags and the car seat up the 3 flights of stairs to the MCC office. Needless to say by the end of that I was already for bed and a good cold shower. All that and we do not even have our suitcases yet which are stuck in London because of bad weather in Washington and a volcano in Iceland. Welcome back to Mozambique.

Needless to say it is good to be back and to feel the thrill of getting back to work even if the conditions are not ideal. It will get better once we are settled into our home in Chimoio and back to normal. I was reminded over the past few days of some of the wonderful things over travel from the US to Mozambique.
  1. Wonderful meals that I do not have to pay a cent for and endless orange juice that is brought to your seat over night by the airline hostesses.
  2. Smiley friendly airline hostesses that make you feel like you are the most wonderful person in the world.
  3. Beautiful airports world class airports.
  4. Chocolate cheesecake, chocolate and cheese for dinner.
  5. The perfect climate and flowers in Johannesburg.
  6. Seeing the hoards of wonderfully diverse people.
  7. Watching the coastline of Mozambique from the sky.
  8. Choice of movies at your seat on the trans-atlantic flight.
  9. Wonderful food in Johannesburg (thanks to Lois)
  10. Endless hours to spend with our daughter.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Conservation Agriculture Potential
We are in the midst of planning a Conservation Agriculture training for personnel from each of the Christian Council of Mozambique provinces. It will happen in the end of May and is quite exciting because it shows some real possibility for smallholder subsistence farmers. To read a little bit more about Conservation Agriculture and what it can do, go to Zambia's Farming Revolution. This story really shows the potential it can have.