|Women crocheting ties for their husbands cassocks|
|Baby Raphael - born at the College!|
Sunday was ordination day for the new deacons, all of whom have completed 3 years at college. 14 were ordained here, and 5 others will be ordained in other Dioceses. The service was full of joy and celebration, and predictably lasted over 4 hours. We've spent much of the weekend at various events eating rice and chicken. On Friday there was a big end of year do at college with certificates and prizes for students. My role in the preparations was (as the only owner of a car) to drive around the various markets while we bought large sacks of bananas, tomatoes, meat and chicken. Buying chicken here is rather different from Sainsburies - choose your chickens live, tie legs together, place in back of car (I then miss out the next stages thankfully!) - and eat fried for supper. Then use toothpick enthusastically.
College now quiet, with most of the students travelling home today. There's lots to do though in preparation for the next course coming in, exam papers to mark and finances to sort out. I'll also be busy in the library organising all the books I've brought from England. We're both going to concentrate on our Swahili for the next fortnight, with lessons every afternoon. Alastair is now regularly visiting Shunga hospital and is on call for them for any emergencies, though for the next couple of days is at an HIV training seminar.
|Ordination ceremony - the pastor's wives in front!|