A Squeaky Wheel Kind of Day

The shopping cart I chose today had a squeaky wheel. A very squeaky wheel. The kind that screeches and whines down every aisle. The kind that leaves every single person in the store with a piercing migraine. And yes, of all the carts available, I chose the one with the squeaky wheel. This afternoon just…

The Last Week

I apologize for the disjointed (and lengthy) nature of this post, as it was composed intermittently throughout the final week of my stay in Iringa. I just wanted to share some of the little things that made this week special. On Sunday afternoon, after returning from church, Angelica and I embarked on my first long…

Church

On my last Sunday in Iringa, I attended a local church with Lucy, Amy, and Angelica. The service was entirely in Swahili and it was beautiful! The Tanzanian Christians worshipped with joy and enthusiasm. Despite not being able to understand the majority of the message, I was encouraged by being able to catch a large…

Ruaha Safari

    As I mentioned in my last post, the Ayling family invited me to accompany them to Ruaha National Park for a safari. It was on this trip that we were stopped for smuggling honey (or weapons), and also that we had a flat tire in the middle of lion country. Unfortunately (or maybe…

Tested and Tried

Exactly two weeks after landing in Dar es Salaam, I had my first (and hopefully only!) experience with malaria. I was so sick I thought I would die if I vomited another time. Sitting on the concrete floor of the choo (bathroom), I desperately asked God to heal me. He did, through the kind assistance…

Language School

Thanks to the hard work of Amy and Lucy, our language coaches, I am now able to speak a few sentences in Swahili, and able to understand a large base vocabulary! I was so surprised to realize while at a Swahili church service (more about that in a later post!) that I could actually catch…

Exploring Iringa

As many of you know, I enjoy being outdoors. Being in Iringa offered a world of opportunities for hiking and exploration. Iringa is located in the southern half of Tanzania, and is a semi-arid mountainous region. There are a number of trails and footpaths surrounding River Valley Camp, which I was free to explore each…

Autumn Leaves

Upon the breeze, the autumn leaves Are carried thither, yon: They rest at last, upon the grass One moment…then they’re gone. They’re tossed about and in and out They fly across the way; And up and down, they sail around- The wind they must obey. Now, if you please, the autumn leaves Are much like…

Habari!

Hello from Iringa!Language school started on Monday so I am officially learning a few Swahili words. Some of my favorites are the word for horse, the word for spider, and the word for goat. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to spell them yet so it might be best for you to look them up on…

Live Beautifully

Fires of the night Burning bright Beacons of blessing Bearing hope Innumerable Astounding Creation reveals Mighty hands Shaping this, our world Crafting life Brilliant beauty Shows His love Live beautifully Reflect Him.