We live in Mwanza, Tanzania, serving with Emmanuel International helping local churches in physical and spiritual ministry.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Arrows in the Quiver

I'm just slightly nervous about coming home late at night now! I will enter cautiously with my hands over my head to ensure this huge bow and arrow is not aimed at me! We have just found and hired a guard who is taking his job very seriously and carries a bow with about six scary-looking arrows! Clearly we are no longer in small town Iringa! So we feel well protected and safe in our beds at night! Amisadai is so keen (but forbidden!) to try out the bow and arrow!


Thaddeus, our guard takes aim!
On guard
We are gradually getting accustomed to life in Mwanza. There are some beautiful views of the Lake, we have seen tawny eagles and fish eagles, we are hearing new and interesting sounds of different birds and of course ferry horns, and we are finding out where to find things. We learned the hard way where NOT to park when we came back from our market expedition to find that our vehicle had been clamped. A first experience for us! We argued our case that the lines had faded away, and the very faint yellow paint on the road reading "NO P..." was practically invisible, ... and lots of other cars were all parked there ... and we were new to the city ...lovely city ... but he would have none of it and we had to shell out 50 000Tsh.


Clamped!


Playing by Lake Victoria

View of the city and the lake from the hotel that Mwanza International Community Church meets in



We were so pleased to see Andy and Angela who arrived with their friend Brian and another packed vehicle of our belongings! We had a lovely time at the weekend with them, exploring the beach, a stuffed fresh tilapia dinner at home and treats of good coffee and bakery croissants. Andy lasted only a cup of tea on arrival before he got going on our plumbing! And he did a good job, vastly improving our water situation which means we can now have water in the bathroom!  
Andy working on our plumbing issues!
Enjoying a coffee out the Gold Crest Hotel

We were warmly welcomed on Sunday by the Mwanza International Community Church where Zakayo is the pastor. We are so pleased to be working alongside Zakayo and his wife Evelyn. We are excited about working with this and other TAG churches in this area; the church has a big vision for holistic ministry in Mwanza and beyond. Now it is time over the next few months to discover our role in it all! And it is in the pulling back in the bow (even if it feels a bit tightly uncomfortable) that we are prepared to excitedly launch!  

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