Siku kuu njema! Blessed feast!
And greetings once again from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I have been here for a month now, and am beginning to settle into life and language. I am living at a hostel in Kurasini, the southernmost of this city’s three regions. It’s an ideal place for language learning– secure and comfortable, but not many English-speakers. Every morning I have class for four hours, and the afternoon is spent practicing what I’ve learned that day. Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough, not yet involved in “ministry,” but at the end of every day I find myself quite worn out. If you’ve ever learned language in an immersion environment this may sound familiar: just to function minute-to-minute, the brain is constantly working in overdrive. Continue reading
On Thursday afternoon, my friend C invited me to his house. Our second “bus” was a minivan outfitted to climb the steep and narrow dirt roads of Dar es Salaam’s hilly suburbs. C and I sat up front, beside the driver who was eager to chat. He had visited the United States once, and had much to say. I think that his observations about American life may give you a glimpse of what things are like here. Continue reading
The following is a letter to the Church School students at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, sent on 16 May 2010
Utukufu kwa Yesu Kristo! Glory to Jesus Christ!
How are you all? What’s new in Cincinnati?
And greetings from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania! I am here to study Swahili, which is the major language of Tanzania. After some time here in Dar es Salaam, I will move to Mwanza to begin serving the Orthodox Church there. I’d like to tell you a little bit about what my life is like here. Continue reading
The following was sent on 3 May 2010
Kristo amefufuka! Christ is risen!
The shrine of St Frideswide at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
After ten eventful days of travel, I arrived safely in Tanzania on the feast of St. George– Friday April 23rd. This was one week later than planned, as ash from the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland shut down British airspace moments after the first leg of my trip arrived in London on April 15th. I was well cared for in the UK by friends of friends. A highlight of my unexpected sojourn there was the opportunity to venerate St. Frideswide of Oxford at her reliquary in Christ Church Cathedral. Continue reading