Worshiping in Kijota

On Sunday, October 7, we finally were able to worship with our companion congregation -- the Kijota church for which we pray each Sunday.  What an amazing experience.  This post will be full of photos, so be warned!

First, here's the church building itself.

We arrived quite early, so that we could meet with the staff, have a little breakfast, and organize our participation in the service. That allowed me time to take a few photos before the pews filled up.  Here is the altar area.

One of the great parts about this service was Pastor Glenn preaching. This meant, among other things, we could understand the sermon!  He even had a prop!  (That's a very real rock, acquired more than a week prior in Ngorongoro.)

Pastor Shila served as his translator, and definitely enjoyed the experience, though we are quite certain he did not know how Glenn was going to make a sermon out of a rock.  (We won't spoil it by telling you.  Glenn may use the sermon for us someday!)

We had front-row s…

Hull Secondary School

On October 6, after visiting the orphanage, we drove back to Kijota to visit the Hull Secondary School, which had once been called the Vivien Gulleen Institute.

Of the five Travelers, only Mark had previous experience with the school, and he told us later that he was very concerned about what we would find.  In yet another example of the Suprising Blessings we had on this trip, we found the Hull School very, very healthy and vibrant -- and asking for help because of how much it has grown.

A bit of history.  Many years ago, when the school was a school for girls, Mount Olive had had a strong relationship with the school.  It housed around 30 girls, and Mount Olive members paid for the construction of the Dining Hall (among other things.)  Here is that Dining Hall.

The school hit hard times, the relationship with Mount Olive was broken for a while, and several years ago, the school found itself with only nine students.

The headmaster of the school, Thomas, got creative.  His students…

Kititimo - The Orphanage Visit

On Saturday, October 6, the Tanzania Team Travelers visited two places devoted to children.  This post is about the first of them, the Kititimo Center for Vulnerable Children.

This first photo shows us arriving there.

So, what is a "Center for Vulnerable Children?"  It is an orphanage, which houses, feeds and teaches children who are rescued from living alone on the streets of Singida, one of the cities in central Tanzania.  It serves 14 children right now, and its current capacity is 30.  Soon, all of its beds will be filled.

The kids had clearly been told we were coming, and several of them were by the remnants of the big tree near their administration building.

Before long, most of them were gathered on a rock near the tree, just watching us.  One little boy seemed particularly suspicious.

As I had mentioned in the post about the sewing day, Sherry and Karen had worked with the women of Kijota to make stuffed dogs out of felt.  We Travelers distributed the dogs to the kid…

Visiting Iambi Hospital

On Friday, October 5, while the Traveling Women were working at the Women's Day of Sewing, the Traveling Men went a further 50 minutes down the (very bumpy) road to visit Iambi Hospital.  The Iambi Hospital is a private hospital, under the auspices of the Lutheran church, and managed by Pastor Manase Msengi, who is also an attorney.  He is in the center of this photograph, where we are meeting several of the doctors on staff.

Now before I go on, I want to try to emphasize some important points about the Hospital, which will get buried if I continue with a straight chronological telling of the story of the day.

Two of the biggest jobs of the staff at this hospital are the treatment of AIDS patients, and the Palliative/Hospice care they provide for people in the region who cannot get to the Hospital.  Large parts of the Hospital are reserved for clinics which are open on Monday and Thursday each week.  These clinics are visited by people who need to come in for a recurring examina…

A Horse, A Horse - My Kingdom for a Zebra

Early on in our Travels, we saw a zebra or two off in the distance. We were excited, perhaps none of us more than Sherry. She really wanted to see zebra on this trip. Bashiri told her she would see many more.

True enough. On our afternoon safari into Ngorongoro crater, we saw herds of them, and even stopped in one spot where we were surrounded by them.

Amazing creatures!  More later.