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Malawi Musings – written Sept. 23/10

Honouring our veterans…

Guess what, I once again I find myself writing my blog from 35,000 feet, this time heading back to Nairobi to start my journey back to Canada.

There are moments in life that you do not take for granted and this week is one of those occasions.  What an honour to spend five days with two of PAOC’s missionary veterans.  Last Saturday I arrived at the airport in Lilongwe Malawi just about one half hour before Arn and Elsie Bowler.  As I waited with camera in hand for them to come through the gate, I felt like standing at attention for two missionary soldiers who were coming home.

Arn and Elsie Bowler have spent over fifty years on the mission field and fifteen of them were on Malawian soil.  What a delight to sit at the first team meal and listen to their stories of life on the field.  There were moments of laughter, soberness, fear and frustration as Arn recounted some of the early days of missions work on African soil.  I am pleased to tell you that he is in the process of writing a book that should go in to print this year and I urge you to buy it as soon as it comes out!!!

Anyone who knows Arn Bowler knows that he loves poetry and a good joke once and a while.  Before we left for the pastor’s seminar he told the story of a speaker who was invited to preach at a church in
Texas.  As he got up to speak, he noticed a sign on the pulpit that said:  “If you don’t strike oil in the first twenty minutes, stop boring”!  I am not sure but I think a veteran was giving some of us a hint about being brief at the seminar!!

Thank you Arn and Elsie for investing so many years of your life on African soil.  It has been an honour to spend this week with you and see the fruit that has been produced by the seeds that you planted so many years ago.  I am pleased to dedicate this blog to you in recognition of your faithful years of PAOC mission’s experience.

Until next time…

Don

“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”

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