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The economic importance of fungi

Today Rob and I have a meeting with the head doctor at the hospital - Dr Barongo. We are hoping to speak with him about the website and other IT issues for the hospital as well as discuss medical elective placements for med students. Rob has discovered a more cost effective way of internet provision that may be useful for the hospital .

[Rob] I was getting sick & tired of watching every microByte of data I downloaded suck away more Tanzanian Shillings. The Shilling countown as I browsed the web was faster than the countdown of hairs on my head!! So....I went to see my mates at the Vodacom Duka. After much broken discussion I finally found a solution. 30,000Tsh for 30 days unlimited data at a max speed of 64Kbps. That's probably the fastest that Mobile Broadband works here for anyone anyway. So that's about AU$20 for 1 month unlimited downloads at dial-up speed. It's fantastic. I can now turn on automatic image downloads.
I brought across 2 mobile broadband routers with me - one for Nigel and one for me. They work just great here. I have just purchased 2 more which will be delivered to my parents in Sydney. I just need to work out how to get them to Murgwanza, Tanzania. Because Satellite internet is sooo expensive and relatively slow, it is not in use at Murgwanza. People at the Diocese and Hospital etc. use their own USB stick with sim card. Now this is inefficient and these routers could possibly help as many can share the one connection. The only issue is that mobile broadband relies on the Cellular network with voice priority so when the network is busy, the internet speed slows considerably. But hey, there is no 100Mbps fibre or DSL options to the doorsteps here so whatever. [End Rob]

I have been making great progress on my wall hanging and have started a second one to leave here in the house when we go. Mitchell has got in on the act and started a bit of sewing himself yesterday. It appears the boys have reinstated the rule about no DS's during the week with out me even saying anything!!! This is very pleasing. Yesterday afternoon we had our three usual rafiki here to play after school. Rob made paper areoplanes to fly off the verandah, his first one was so good it loop the looped and landed on the roof!!

I was just reading Matthew 5:1-16 (as per TMWBS - thanks Janet for he email) and was struck by  verse 6 ' Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for rightousness for they will be filled' it is so eveident here how people live solely by the spirit. Rob was talking with Goerge the other day and George was sharing how he and his family rely on God everyday for everything. It was quite humbling to see these people who have so little material possesions, yet they are so filled with Gods spirit.

James came yesterday for another english lesson, it is encouraging to see his progress. He has asked me to assist him in writing an essay for school (don't laugh mum and dad!). The essay question is 'Write an essay about the economic importance of fungi.' I suggested he write something then bring it to me to read and correct!!

The milk has just been delivered and I went to mark it off on the calender and saw it is 1 month today since we arrived in Murgwanza!! We feel so settled and can't imagine leaving at this stage. We spoke with the boys the other night about how they were finding life in Africa. We asked them 'If we were going home tomorrow, would you be happy or sad?' Mitch and Jake immediately responded 'sad - we want to stay for the year' - this was lucky as we have no intention of going home tomorrow.

We continue to have our regular Bible time after dinner reading through Mark. Mitchell and Jake are asking some really interesting questions. Life here has obviously already had an impact on them. Jake came out the other night and asked 'why is Africa poor and Australia rich?' Our prayer times are also a real time of blessing. Oliver prayered the other night for George when he did not come to work because of his sore foot "Please God heal Georges foot, and bring the Kleins home safely".  

On a lighter note, we are on our last tube of vegemite, this is distressing as it is our stable spread.

 

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.~

Kenyan Proverb
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