Thought you might enjoy some local domestic scenes, from recent trips to rural communities. People are always so cheerful but life is tough and constant hard work compared with our western comforts.
On Sunday we visited a nearby village church where I preached. The coooking scene above was preparing our lunch - the generosity is wonderful but embarassing to us. Local food is based on Ugali - a stiff porridge made of maize meal, which is served with some sort of stew made from beans or vegetables. We are always given meat and tough chicken as well, but that is just for visitors! There is a special technique of eating ugali with your fingers - sort of roll it into a ball and dip it in the stew. So far I've accepted any spoon that I'm offered!
Big news today is that Alastair has left for Dar es Salam. He got the local bus to Kigoma and then plane to Dar. He is going to sit it out in offices trying to get clearance of our car, and hope for some progress on work permits. I'm staying here to teach the students for their final week before exams, but if Alastair succeeds I'll fly across to meet him so we can drive back together. It's all very difficult and frustrating, and we would appreciate your prayers this week.
It'll be my first night alone in the house - not worried about burglars or such things, just plumbing problems or lizards in the bedroom!!