Friday, March 6, 2009

Dzuwa Traffic

Traffic. You can’t seem to escape or rid your life of it. It slows you down when you want to get somewhere and inevitably always makes you late. People sit in it for hours on a daily basis, or better yet wake up at odd hours of the morning just to avoid it. It’s a plague and frustration and I’m sure is most likely one of the leading causes of cancer!! Traffic makes you wish and long for a simpler life somewhere else. A place with fewer people, fewer cars, and fewer causes for accidents, and of course less frustration at the end of a long workday. Maybe a place in a remote and far away land like…. Dzuwa!
Dzuwa, may be a decent-sized village for Malawi but very small compared to a booming metropolis in America. Fourteen small individual family-sized villages exist with dirt roads leading from one set of adobe houses to the next. Between the villages and alongside the roads are lush fields of maize, peanuts, tobacco, beans, and tall standing grass making the area beautiful and green against the bright blue sky at times filled with white puffy clouds. You would think this would be the kind of place to be lucky enough to escape the plague of traffic. A place you would like to go to escape traffic!!
Oh my dear friend….here is where you are so very wrong!!! Dzuwa, a quaint village in the middle of nowhere has managed to create its own traffic! Who would have thought? Although Ronald and Ulemu I’m pretty sure are one of the few, if not the only, family to own a car in Dzuwa there are plenty of other road hazards to slow you down. Not that Ronald and Ulemu are a road hazard at all!! They’re wonderful drivers!! Ronald says Dzuwa does have traffic… “Goats, Cows, Dogs, Bikes, Ox Carts, and women with big loads on their heads.”....


Jeannie Dodge said...

hi michelle..
I know we have never met...but I feel as though I know you. All my kids speak so highly of you. I am Kyle and Tommy Dodge's mom. :o).
Anyways.. I was just wondering if you would remember my sister, Sandra in your prayers. She is having some struggles right now.
My email is
Thanks so much.
Jeannie Dodge

Luis Portugal said...

Hello, I like the blog.
It is beautiful.
Sorry not write more, but my English is bad writing.
A hug from Portugal

Kristie said...

I've seen you twice now at HDC, while your visiting home. I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to hear you speak and now to read of your Malawi experiences. You touch my heart and make me jealous also. I hope someday myself to do some kind of ministry. I'm a secretary now and I'm not sure what I have to offer, but I'm sure when the times right, God will point me in the right direction. I donated to you at the 7 service and I will make you a regular part of my financial commitments. I would love a picture of you at the Crisis Nursery, please. God Bless you! Philippians 1:21