|Bible translation into Kihaa|
|Tidying up the college garden|
The Archbishop of Tanzania visited the Dicoese for a week, which involved an extraordinary schedule of long church services, opening new buildings and doing confirmations. At the Sunday service in the Cathedral 260 people were confirmed! It rained so hard on the tin roof of the church we couldn't hear much. Every service is followed by the extraordinary Tanzanian hospitality of chicken, rice, beans, meat, veges, fruit..... I only went to two such events but admire the stamina of the Archbishop who continued all week.
We were away in Kibondo - neighbouring Diocese, 3hours drive away - for the weekend, where we were welcomed as official visitors, had a good tour of all they do and met interesting people. I preached at 3 consecutive services in the Cathedral on Sunday, starting at 6.30 am!
Alastair has been busy as usual with extraordinary surgery in the very basic conditions of the local hospitals. He is very ingenious with materials and did something clever surgically yesterday with a saucepan lid and a file from his tool kit!
Photos above are of Rev Ntakije, a local pastor, who has just translated and published the gospels in the local language of Kihaa. People here speak Swahili mostly but their traditional language is Kihaa which they speak at home and in the villages. Bible translation is a fascinating process and its wonderful to know it is still going on. He came to speak to the students the other day abotu his work.
I've been working with Keily - the other photo - to tidy up the college gardens. She's enjoying her new project and is very skilful with her jembe!