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New Road Makes Commute Easy

Nov 5, 2014

Safe Arrival

Our son, Britain Evans Hayes arrived at 8PM on Thursday, October 23rd, at a healthy 8lbs 3oz and 20.5 inches. We are grateful to God for His hand being at work through the delivery and to all of you for your prayers. We are also thankful to have time here with family before heading back to Malawi in a couple months.

Blessings to all of you,
Ben & Becca Hayes

by Justine Hayes

Let me share a brief report about our nearby roads. The 35 miles of road from Blantyre up to the Mission was torn up and under construction for about two years, making travel difficult and hazardous. Thankfully, that road work is finished . . .

A few months ago, Ryan and I moved to Zomba which is 10 miles north of the Mission. At that time it took us about 15 minutes to make the trip from the Mission to our home. When the road construction from Blantyre to Thondwe (where the Mission is) was finished, the crews headed north with all their heavy equipment – north toward our home in Zomba. In one swift move they tore up nearly the entire road from Thondwe to Zomba and began working on it . . . one small section at a time. Overnight, our commute went from 15 to 45 minutes.

For about five months it was that way and during this time our vehicle took quite a beating. But thankfully, the work has come to an end, and we now have a beautiful, smooth, highway from the Mission to our home in Zomba, as well as the new highway from the Mission to Blantyre.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is as heavy as ever on the road. But it was constructed in a way that there is now more room on the sides of the road for foot traffic. We remain watchful of everyone we share the roads with.

When we drive on good, smooth highways it is easy to take them for granted – until they are taken from us. So next time you drive on a good road (which I suspect is most of the time) – don’t forget to say a quick prayer of thanks for the good men and women (and machines) that made that possible. I know we certainly are thankful here in Malawi.