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Visitors, visiting and too much soda

So much to tell since Christmas - we have been busy attending farewells and visiting peoples homes and a village church visit as well.

At Godrivas

Saskia's BreadOn Boxing Day I had given Godriva the day off but she invited us to her house for a meal so she still worked. We had a lovely meal and the kids all had a great play together. Godriva’s 3 year old, Nifa, is in love with Mitchell and loved to play with all the boys. Since Godriva had the day off I needed to make the bread and after the success of the goat I was feeling quite confident. Let me just say it was sensational bread and rose beautifully.

When we got home, Liz was here and we had a long chat late into the night about our year in Murgwanza. There is still so much work to do here and so many opportunities to serve. We spoke especially about the lack of discipleship and mentoring that goes on here. This is particularly a problem for the youth as they often have no role models at home but really throughout all ages there is much need for solid biblical teaching, pastoral care and discipleship. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few!!!

On Tuesday we had a quiet morning and a busy afternoon. We had many many visitors here. We sat around the kitchen table and chatted while we all did drawings and colouring in. Wilbroad came for dinner and a time of singing and fellowship for what we thought was also our farewell to him. Unfortunately, as is the way in Tanzania, his trip home to Karagwe has been delayed because he is waiting for the money for his fare. This relies on a number of people being in the right place at the right time in order for him to be paid. So he returned on Wednesday with some gifts for us all as he had received some of his pay and planned to travel on Thursday. This morning however (Thursday) we were at Tumaini Fund (where Wilbroad works) and in he walked. He is still waiting for the rest of his pay and hopes to travel tomorrow!!

On Wednesday we went to Nyamyaga Church for the Children’s Day Service and celebration. We had been asked to give a childrens talk and prepare a story and some songs for the day. The talk went well I think, a mix of my Swahili and the rest in English with Job, the Pastors son, translating. Job has just completed Form 4 at Mchungagi Mwema and is waiting his results to see if he can go on the Form 5 & 6. He is a bright boy and hopefully will get a place to go on. He is also a solid Christian and has phenomenal bible knowledge and knows so many verses and their reference in the bible by heart. The reason for the Children’s Service is to remember the boys in the bible that died when King Herod ordered the deaths of all boys 2 years and under after hearing of the birth of Jesus. Jesus of course has already escaped to Egypt with his parents but this service is marked in the Anglican Calender so has a special service in the prayer book. I focused mostly on God’s love for us and how he sent His son Jesus to take our punishment and we can celebrate this. One of the events of the day is to award the kids from the Sunday School for various things; one being those who have memorised a bible verse or short passage. These kids got up in front of the whole church (about 150 kids and 30 parents) and recited their verses. I can’t tell you what they said because they spoke sooo fast, but they obviously knew their verses.

Murukurazo - Childrens day

Murukurazo - Childrens day

There were also prizes given for good attendance and good attitude. A ‘prize’ constitutes maybe a new exercise book or pen and for attendance a single boiled lolly. After the service it was time for some games outside. We had brought a soccerball, football and Frisbee and these were all enjoyed by all. We also bought a bag of only 36 balloons but this I am afraid caused a bit of a riot and resulted in a few trampled kids!! Then it was time to eat, there was no sausage sizzle and bread and I was intrigued to see how they would feed all these kids. I didn’t get to find out however as we were whisked back into the church and seated at the front and served first while the few parents and elders of the church looked on. Thankfully they too were feed so we didn’t feel too bad. Finally after leaving home at 9:30am we returned at 4pm exhausted and to find visitors already waiting on our verandah.

Rob and I were in need of a coffee and quickly set the boys, Johnathon and Lameck down in front of a movie and took a 5 minute breather. Soon we had Wilbrod at the door, bearing gifts (as above) then we were soon joined by another 7 students and Imani. After a brief chat I invited them all in for the movie and Rob, Jake and I went to Imani’s house (as had been previously arranged).

Imani (our outside worker) is a lovely young man from Karagwe originally. In Tanzanina it is a huge honour to have someone visit your home so Imani was very pleased to have us. He came and collected us and we walked back together through the banana shambas down windy paths. Imani pointed out various peoples homes that we know. Jake was the only boy that escorted us and we enjoyed a soda and a banana.


When we returned home the movie had just finished so I pumped up our last soccer ball and sent them all outside. Our good ball unfortunately was stolen on Tuesday, it is very disappointing that as soon as I told the bunch of kids that were using it that day that we were leaving in a week my ball disappeared. I did send Lameck and his mates on the hunt to get it back as I knew one of the boys from the group but he denied it and said he wasn’t with them when the ball was taken. I believe this boy as he has been a regular all year and the others were new. Still it is disappointing.

So Thursday morning we woke pretty tired after such a big day the day before. I was starting to stress about only 5 days left and needing to pack all our stuff and keep to our 23kg limit (checked baggage and hand luggage combined). Rob needed to go to Tumaini to finish off database work he has been doing and I went for the visit and a chat. After chai at Tumaini, Jake and I headed to town to pay the water bill and post off a parcel to Gershom in Dodoma. When we returned I got the scales from Womancraft and began packing in earnest.

This evening Rob, Jake, Imani and I went to Murukurazo to hand over Rob’s guitar. They were having their choir practice so it was just a short ceremony and a quick soda and few photos and we were home again.

Friday tomorrow and we need to start preparing for the sherehe on Saturday and Rob and I have been invited out for dinner with a bunch of guys we have befriended throughout the year. I tried to suggest it was a boy’s night but they all insist I come as well, none of their wives will be there but such is life in Tanzania.

Saturday is our farewell sherehe, Sunday evening we are at Vitahlis’s, Monday morning I am going to farewell the nursing students and Monday evening we have a farewell with Tumaini then Tuesday morning we drive out of here. As you can imagine we are tired but we will so miss our many many friends we have made here this year.


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It is always a relief to believe what is pleasant, but it is more important to believe what is true.~

Hilaire Belloc
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