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Saturday, May 28, 2011


"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Most of us probably heard this a ton of times as kids, and it's really very true (though too few people actually live this). But for many years I always felt the obvious corollary should be taught:

"If you DO have something nice to say, then for Heaven's sakes, say it!"

So, a few days ago I got fed up at all the problems plaguing the planning of this trip and vented that frustration here. Lo and behold, things started moving, and quickly. Coincidence? Probably, but I don't care about the why. And so I share with you today that World Vision came through rapidly day before yesterday, and things are much clearer today than they have been all along.

  • I spoke with a contact person in the Malawi offices for World Vision.
  • I learned that Chawezi IS still in the hospital.
  • The hospital  she's in is pretty much in the opposite direction of the capital city from where her village is located.
  • Now I have to alter my hotel reservation in Lilongwe, and get a hotel in the city she's in (Blantyre) for part of the trip.
At least things are moving in a direction now. I hated not knowing what to do. And we're getting down to the wire. Aimee just leaned over my shoulder and noted that one week from now I'll be in the air, probably over the Atlantic ocean or over northern Africa. Yep, that's true.

And at least now I have an idea what I'll be doing once I get there.

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