John returns to Malawi

John Challis returned to Malawi last week for the first time since his hip replacement operation. He has already been busy at Embangweni where the 3-phase generator, sent out in a container in February, has been installed. It now only requires the fitting of automatic switching gear to give the hospital at Emangweni a reliable, automatic emergency power system to operate lights and medical equipment during the frequent power cuts.

John has also been measuring up and planning for the installation of a special baby unit at the hospital and has  been looking into the best way to provide a modern, efficient laundry facility.

He will also be overseeing the final phases of the building of Jamieson House and preparing for work groups going out later in the year to extend Mlowe Pier and work on various other projects. He will return to Malawi in September for a longer stay.

“Robert Laws” on its way to Lake Malawi

On 13th July, the new “Robert Laws” was packed into a container at Macduff along with a dental chair and other equipment and set out on its long journey to Lake Malawi. Once there , the “Robert Laws” will be reassembled and will join the “Good Hope” as a marine ambulance although it will be stationed further down Lake Malawi at Tcharo. The boat, a redundant ship’s lifeboat, was acquired by John Watt of Macduff Shipyards who altered and renovated it to be suitable as a marine ambulance. John Watt will travel to Malawi later in the year to oversee its unpacking, reassembly, dedication and  launch.

We wish the “Robert Laws” God speed on her journey to Malawi and pray that she will prove as big a blessing to the shore villages of Lake Malawi as her sister the “Good Hope”.