Photo Blog: School – Day One

There’s a lot more pictures on Facebook — check them out! Day one (and two) at HOPAC was a success…onward we go! Thanks for all of your prayers and support to make this possible.

First Day of School!

“The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” – Alice Wellington Robbins Tomorrow is the first day of school at Haven of Peace Academy in…

Art & Beauty

“We live in a world that provides us a glimpse of much that is beautiful, but not of beauty in its consummate state. Nevertheless, a homesickness for that consummate beauty dwells within our heart. That heart impulse leads to attempts to conjure up that elevated beauty for eye and ear. From such endeavors art is…

Kanisa

Today’s message at church was, as usual, entirely in Swahili. Which means that I don’t understand very much. What I do consistently get are the Scripture references. Today’s reference was Revelation 3:15, where God expresses his contempt for the lukewarm. It also helped that I knew the words for hot, cold, and lukewarm from my…

Life in Tanzania Q&A

Now that I’m finished with the bulk of planning for this school year, I finally have some time to answer your questions about my life in Tanzania. If this post only brings up more questions, or if you want to see photos of something in particular, let me know! I live here now, so some…

It’s All Part of the Story

Most of us love stories. I know when I get a chance to talk with a good friend and they start off by saying, “I have this story that I just have to tell you…” that I perk up and start really listening. Or maybe I’m the one who has a story to tell because…

Settling In

I know that I promised another Q&A post, and it is coming. Eventually. I’m putting it off a little because one of the first questions people asked was what a “normal day” looked like for me here in Tanzania. Right now, I have no idea. Right now, there is no such thing as a “normal…

Time to Ride

The world of a cyclist is full of wonder: The wind breathes freedom into my veins and hurries fear away into sweet song. The sun chases clouds into swift retreat, even in the rain. The incline gives glories untold as lungs gasp for precious air. The wheels fly, pedals spinning, muscles screaming, chain singing. The…

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

Life is different here. That might be the understatement of the month. Living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is not the same as living in Fort Wayne, Indiana. That’s not a bad thing. Just different. For instance, in Indiana, there’s snow. In Dar, there’s no snow. That’s a good thing. At least until I get…