Another Sunday

This weekend marks the end of the school holidays here in Murgwanza. Tomorrow the secondary school kids return to school which means no more James and Ephraim working in the garden. We have enjoyed their company for 3 weeks especially Jake and Oli and chai time has been quite fun.

Yesterday Ephraim and I went to town to buy the necessities to set up his new room in town. He was working to earn the money to buy the things he needed. He was like a kid in a candy store getting one cup, one bowl, one plate and one spoon. James suggested he get more but Ephraim says he doesn’t expect to have visitors!! Once loaded up with his mattress and stove and a big bag of charcoal, Jake, Oli and I took him home and Jake was insistent that he “set everything up”. We are talking about a single room about 2m squared with one window (no glass – just a screen). It now has a mattress on the floor and piece of cloth on the window, and a pile of ‘kitchen’ stuff on the floor.

On my way back from dropping Ephraim home I met a couple from Germany who have been living in Burundi for the past 2 ½ years. They have two young daughters and have just been to the Serengeti for a family holiday and were on their way home again. We do not get many (well any) tourists here so it was quite a novelty. They made use of our tyre swing and were going to spend the night in the Bible College Principals House then continue on to Bujumbura today. We have their phone numbers and may well catch up with them again later in the year. By chance they also met Nigel and Rose in Mwanza when they were there earlier in the week!

This morning mum and Rob and the other wazungu next door headed off - 9 in a small taxi for a nearly 2 hour drive to the starting point of a hike to mafiga matatu. Mafiga matatu is the border area between Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. There was a bolt for the seats and mum ended up in the boot, this brought much amusement to the Africans that the mother – in –law was in the boot. We already have caused quite a stir that she is even living in the same house as Rob (something that would never be done in Tanzania).

While Rob and mum were off gallivanting I stayed home with the boys and had James, Ephraim and Tuombe for church (well bible study really). We started in Ephesians then moved onto to Genesis and Ephraim had many questions about the Trinity, creation and the fall. Then to Proverbs and some questions about alcohol and beating of your children!! I tried to gently explain how it is unwise to take one or two verses in isolation and they must always be considered in the context they are written the time and the circumstances. I also pointed out the need to recognise the differences between the Old and the New Testament especially the differences in law and covenant pre and post Jesus. It was really tough trying to be sensitive to cultural differences here and yet remaining biblically true. I hope I answered appropriately, I was wishing that Rob was here to help me.

Once mum and Rob returned and showered we all (the family) headed to The Paradise Café. This is a restaurant (yes restaurant) in Ngara, on Sundays they have a buffet for 5000Tsh per person. Rob, me and Jake certainly got our money's worth, Oli’s three mouthfuls of rice were not so economical. It was a nice treat for the boys and the food was really good. After arriving home stuffed we decided to take a stroll around Murgwanza. Jake and I continued on to James and Tuombe’s house where we talked goats and pigs and shamba’s. These boys and their relationships are all very complex and I continue to be bewildered about who to trust.

My boys (all four) are now kicking back watching Indiana Jones on the computer. Three more weeks of school then we are off on safari to the Serengeti. Nigel will return tomoorw from Mwanza with three boxes of nursing textbooks for the library which I will spend some time sorting over the next couple of weeks. We are continuing to juggle money requests and tuition needs. Rob remains in high demand and this week will make another visit to Mchungaji Mwema (Diocese Secondary School) to check out what networking and internet needs they require.

I am loving relying on my bible for refreshment and encouragement. I really do miss church and fellowship in English but the iPod is a sort of substitute. The last few weeks I have heard a sermon from Chris Smith, Reg Platt, Steve Bernard, Graeme Anderson and Dave Lanham that wouldn’t happen at home!!

I have been reading 1 Peter (thanks Jen) Isaiah and Ephesians of late, as well as some of the book of James with James! Now I have given James an Essential Jesus so we will start going through Luke. My new favourite (thing you like the best – a word I am frequently translating for the Tz boys) is from Isaiah 40: 28 - 31

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Let’s wait and see what the Lord has installed for this week!!!!


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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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