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Ready to go!

Norman and James write…..

We are pleased to say we are ready to go! Yesterday was a sunny day and enabled us to get the two support vehicles packed in the dry. The charity logos are on the vehicles and clearly displayed on the crew kit we are all wearing so this looks really smart, giving us a real team identity. We are both feeling excited about the event. The months of work to train for it will all pay off once we start on Sunday. We are quietly working away at getting ourselves into the ‘zone’ with our focus on what lies ahead. It is a massive challenge so we need to break this down into manageable section in our minds. It will be easier to maintain motivation with lots of short goals to think about during the race rather than 5 days of cycling with less than 15 hours of sleep. We will be putting regular news updates and photos onto www.beechboys.co.uk  There is also a link from the site to the real time tracking of where we are in the race, showing current cycling speed and distance covered. Its all about doing the best we can for the 4 charities we are supporting. We are praying it will make a positive contribution to the work of Links International, both through publicity for Links International and some useful funds raised to assist the important work that you do.

Malawian bee update

Approaching a hive of 50,000 busy bees, with only a hat, head mosquito net, and some rubber gloves, to take their honey is a “sobering moment”, as I know the workers will give their lives to protect their Queen-bee.

Yet I know that if Mfumu Chapsinja does not see how honey can be safely harvested with what is available locally, the new beekeeping project will fail to catch on. Very important  because each hive can save a struggling family from poverty as it can be produce an annual salary’s worth of honey!

I also know that the workers should, with my smoking twisted straw taper, think more of the fire risk than me, if I hold my nerve and move slowly.

Lifting the lid of the hive, you see just what “hive of activity means” and expecting the sharp pains of stings from the bees on my arms and buzzing all around. But none come, protection seems to surround me like the sun’s rays.

It seems an age but the honey is harvested, and the Chief says he will make more for his village, as he has seen for himself how it can be done, and it’s safer at night.

Job done, back home thankful and full of joy.  God gives “good gifts” not what harms us.

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