Day 15 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Last full day in Tanzania   So much for sleeping until 5:00 a.m.  At 3:45 this morning, I awoke rather warm and uncomfortable.  I realized that my ceiling fan and a/c had stopped working, and it was pitch black and getting hot and sticky in my room.  I got out of my bed, walked two steps to where I thought the closest light switch was on the wall outside the bathroom, groped in the dark forRead more

Day 14 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Monday, Jan. 30   Once again I awoke before my alarm went off, this time at 5:00 a.m.  I made my coffee, said a few prayers, and did some more journaling.  When time came for me to start getting ready to leave, I checked for an Internet connection once again via Malaika’s Wi-Fi, hoping to be able to send out some more of my daily journals, which I hadn’t been able to do since we had left the Lenny HotelRead more

Day 13 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Sunday, Jan. 29   I awoke before my alarm went off at 6:00 a.m. this morning, made my coffee, said some prayers, did a short bit of journaling, brushed my teeth and, since it was Sunday and we were going to Mass, shaved.  Then I showered and dressed.  We had agreed last night to meet at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, but since I had done some journaling this morning, I was running a bit late, which I decided meant thatRead more

Day 12 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Saturday, Jan. 28   I awoke just before my alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. this morning, and I turned down the volume on my iPhone, so that my alarm wouldn’t be too obnoxious to Scott.  Scott was awake also, and he told me to feel free to shower first.  I had asked yesterday when we checked in to have coffee brought at 5:00 a.m., which the hotel staff said they would do.  However, no one came to the doorRead more

Day 11 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Friday, Jan. 27   My alarm went off at 4:00 a.m. this morning, and I said a quick morning prayer and made my usual large mug of coffee, using the hotel’s instant coffee, bottled hot water boiled in the hotel’s carafe on an extremely efficient hot-plate, my powdered Coffeemate French Vanilla creamer, and my Truvia.  I was able to spend some time journaling before I had to get ready.  I organized my bags so as to have in my smallerRead more

Day 10 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Thursday, Jan. 26 I awoke again before my alarm went off at 6:15 a.m. this morning.  I made my coffee, said a few prayers, showered and finalized my packing.  Our plan this morning was:  (1) to visit the Geita Gold Mine, which has been a sponsor of the diocese’s orphanage for a long time; (2) to have a final lunch at the diocese; and then (3) to return to Mwanza, where we’d spend the night, before starting off early tomorrowRead more

Day 9 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Wednesday, Jan. 25 Once again I woke up before my alarm went off. Made my coffee and said a few morning prayers, but not nearly as many as I say at home, due simply to time constraints in the mornings and exhaustion in the nightimes, which has been the case virtually every day. This has bothered me a few times during this trip, and I’ve had to reconcile myself by telling myself that much of this trip has had theRead more

Day 8 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Workspace Webmail :: Search Results Tuesday, Jan. 24 I actually awoke this morning about 7:00 a.m., 15 minutes before the alarm on my iPhone was set to go off.  I fixed my coffee, said some morning prayers, and by the time I finished my coffee, it was time to shower and get dressed. At 8:45 a.m., Fr. John and Alex, one of the diocese’s drivers picked us all up in two vehicles and took us to the diocese.  The ladiesRead more

Day 7 – Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Monday, Jan. 23   This morning Anthony and Fr. John left early to go back to Mwanza yet again for the auto parts that they weren’t able to buy on Saturday.  They were supposed at leave at 5:00 a.m. but they ended up not leaving until b 6:15 a.m.  The schedule for the rest of […]

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Day 6_– Fr. John’s Tanzania Mission Trip

Workspace Webmail :: Search Results Sunday, Jan. 22 Today our schedule called for us to participate in the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral, “have lunch with Bishop Flavian,” tour the diocese’s campus and visit the diocese’s orphanage. Since Mass wasn’t until 10:00 a.m., we were told we could sleep a little later than we had any previous day on the trip.  But I had set my alarm for 6:00 a.m., planning to work on my journal before leaving theRead more