The Perils of Being Pale The way the Lord works is incredible.  As you recall I introduced you to Moses and Harima in a previous post.  While at the dentist office, I picked up the June 2017 issue of National Geographic drawn to the caption of discovering a new Dino species.  When I opened and started to turn to that section, I landed on the above article regarding albinism and the reality of the dangers these people face in subsahara Africa, especially Tanzania.  PleaseRead more

Day 14 – July 8 – Mwanza – Dar Es Salaam 

Today we began our morning with breakfast at the hotel at 7:30.  Cereal was the preferred entrée among our youth.  Our plan was to head to the local vendors down the street from the hotel for some last minute gift shopping. It was amazing how all of the shop keepers had remembered all of their names and enjoyed hearing their new Sukuma nicknames. We then headed back to the hotel to check out and take a taxi to the airport.Read more

Day 13 – Serengeti

5:45 came quit quickly and Matthew was waiting on us.  Tiana and Tatyna were moving a little slower.  We were to meet our driver at 5:45 a.m. and got everyone together by 6:05.  Father Matthew came down to say farewell and we began our journey.  1 hour into the drive from Mwanza to the Serengeti, the driver pulled over for us to catch this sun rise. We then continued on our drive and arrived at the gate at about 8:20.Read more

Day 12 – July 6 – Balatogwa – Isole

We began the day at around 8:00.  We ended up staying at a “new” hotel in Sangerema, the View Park Lodge.  It had great air conditioning and hot water and I believe it was 35,000 TSH/ night – $15.00. We had to pick up some supplies before heading out to Father Matthews home to build a stove and then to Isole.  It was going to be a full day.  My day got off to a rocky start as I wasRead more

Day 11 – 5 – A Funeral and Nyampande

Our morning started at 7:30.  We got to sleep in.  Actually, I did not wake up until 7:10.  We met for breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  Matthew and Tatyna were delighted that they had Cocoa pebbles.  Since we were not being picked up until 10:00, we had decided to try and do some early shopping with some airport.  During our first trip I had met Edward and he was still there.  And as soon as they knew we were shopping, they wereRead more

Day 10 – July 4 – Final Vows

        Today we began early, at 6:30.  Fr. Makonge, who was taking us, started even earlier, holding mass at 5:30.  Our journey would take us about 3 hours to Mwahoba to see Brother Simeo Sahani take his final vows. Traffic was a challenge with the President coming to town.  There was only one ferry running.  Fr. Makonge had reached out to a friend so that they would call when it was time for us to arrive.  WeRead more

Day 9 – July 3 Geita- Sangerema

You can see from above where part of this day took us.  We checked out of the Lenny hotel and met at Fr. Matthew’s office to outline the busy day.  We had a stop at the orphanage, sewing center, lunch with the bishop, travel back to Natakubwa, then to Sengerema, then to Nyampande.  And to do this we were starting after 10:00?  By now the group is getting tired so we decided to start our day a little later. WeRead more

Day 8 – The Day of the Lord – Geita – Sangerema

Today waking up and seeing Taty with her normal smile was pure joy.   It was a great way to the start of the day.  Today we were off to mass at 8:00 which, since there was a mass at 6:00, we were being picked up at the hotel at almost 8:00. We arrived at the Cathedral at a couple of minutes before 8:00 and there was still another 20 minutes of mass from the 6:00 am mass before we entered.  TheRead more

Day 7 – Geita and A Trip to the Doctor

Today started out quite different.  Tatyna was in severe pain which required that we take her to the Diocese hospital in Sangerema to see a physician, Sr. Marie Jose Voeten, a sister working in the diocese from Holland.  Meanwhile, the Bishop made arrangements for Tiana and Matthew to hang out with Father Paul.  The quick details as to Tatyna, she is doing much better. We travelled to Sangerema, about an hour away and Sr. Marie was expecting us.  Tatyna wasRead more

Day 6 – The Road to Geita

Today we will travel to Geita, to the Diocese and have dinner with Bishop Kassala. I rose early, 4:30, so it appears that I am back on my normal sleep schedule.  It has been warm so I decided to go for a walk and take advantage of the cool air.  I was amazed to see the students arriving at their classroom at 5:00 a.m. for a study session before reporting to mass at 6:00 a.m.  I have learned that theRead more