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Jannetta and I are excited to be back in Mwanza, Tanzania.

As we stand at the beginning of our second term of volunteering, it feels like we are home again. We might be considered “snow birds” to some of you….spending our summers in Ontario and the 3 other seasons in Africa. It is good to know that we are feeling at home in both cultures now. Our Mwanza house has been cleaned of the layers of...

April 20, 2014 

Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again, Hallelujah! Many of you repeated these same words during Easter services that you attended. Our Easter celebrations started the Thursday night before Good Friday. We joined with our World Renew colleagues and their family for a Passover Seder meal in their home. We enjoyed a traditional meal with lamb. A locally raised lamb was slaughtered for our meal. They employ Maasai guards and these guards killed and...

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy and Happy 2014

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9 vs 6 NIV

We were reminded of the importance of these words as we recently listened to the music and words of Handel’s Messiah during a small group Christmas Bible Study. It is our...

Hallelujah – our work permits have been approved and are in our hands.

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement as we just trusted that all things would come together in God’s timing. We have not been anxious. We are learning that there is much to do in Africa and not enough time it seems to do it.  People say to us…this is Africa…we say…..this is God’s Africa.  He has been teaching us to depend on Him during this time and...

Transitions-

A Swahili proverb we found in a travel book sums up our time of transition into Tanzanian life, “He, who wanders around by day a lot, learns a lot.”

Wandering around Mwanza is giving us new insights into the way of life here. Since we do not have a car, walking allows us to slow down and see things we may otherwise miss. The challenges are many starting with the fact that vehicular traffic drives on the...

Our calendar tells us that most of you are celebrating the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. We hope you are enjoying the traditional feasts and family time. We are giving thanks for the many ways that we are blessed here.

Today in Tanzania, the nation is celebrating a national holiday in honor of the first president of the Republic. From what we can see, this means that all the banks and major stores are closed. We have no language school today so...

Our senses have really been challenged as we adjust to our new surroundings. As I write from the dining room of our home, I am hearing the loudspeaker blaring from the park which is about 1/2 km away. A church revival meeting is being held in a large tent. Loud music and a very passionate speaker, who is often screaming his message, wafts its way up the hill to where we are staying on the AICT (African Inland Church of...

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