Mungu yupo! God is with us!
And greetings from Mwanza, Tanzania, where we are in the midst of a blistering summer… it gets as hot as 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C). A welcome relief from the wintertime, which in July and August can plummet down to 65 (18 C). The small rains are upon us, which means occasional downpours and strong wind that on occasion can feel almost chilly. While I miss friends and family in North America, especially as we approach the celebration of Christ’s Nativity, I don’t envy the weather y’all are surviving right now. Continue reading
Mungu yupo! God is with us! It is by your prayers, encouragement and financial support that I am here in Mwanza, Tanzania as a long-term OCMC missionary, and I would like to offer you a glimpse into my life and work at this time. Here are the tasks I have been given since arrival in Tanzania on 23rd April 2010:
Two brothers wanted to go to a distant country to make their fortune. They asked their father for a blessing, saying: “Father, we go on our way to make our fortune. Your blessing, please.” Their father agreed, saying, “Go with my blessing, but on your way put marks on the trees lest you get lost.” After they received the blessing, the two brothers started on their safari.
Tumeangushwa chini, hatukuangamizwa. Kila wakati tumekuwa tukichukua mwilini mwetu kifo cha Kristo, ili uhai wake Yesu pia udhihirike katika miili yetu.
[We are] struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our body.
— St Paul the Apostle, in his second letter to the Corinthians
Greetings once again from Mwanza, Tanzania. Since I last wrote I have been to Dar es Salaam and back again. Now, I believe, I am in Mwanza ‘for good’… but we shall see. Continue reading
“Nawatakia saumu makbul.”
Omari repeats these words patiently until I can say them back. I have just wished a good fast to him and his friends Abduli and Mohamedi. They are watching the waves crash on the beach while waiting for the muezzin to signal sunset and the breaking of the fast. The evening meal during this month of Ramadan is called “staftahi;” Omari and his friends are grinning in anticipation of the nightly feast. Continue reading
I’ve just returned from a visa run across the border to the Kenyan city of Mombasa. Like Dar es Salaam, Mombasa is a major seaport of the Swahili Coast, but in some ways is more typical of coastal history and culture than its younger Tanzanian counterpart. I’d like to share some of what residents have told me about their thousand-year old civilization and culture. What follows is not historical research; it is based on casual observation and conversation with locals. Continue reading
Furaha na amani! Joy and peace!
And greetings from Geita, Tanzania. I have spent the past two weeks here participating in a youth seminar at Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church. Teaching staff at the seminar are mostly from overseas: I have joined OCMC Missionary Charita Stavrou as well as a Teaching Team sent from the Orthodox Church of Finland and from OCMC in the United States. Together we are nine foreigners working together with local staff directing a program for over seventy young adults from Geita region and the surrounding area. Continue reading