Many of you in Gloucester will have come across this project, as this year's episcopal collections. Alastair writes :
Brinkman School is being built as I write. The Diocese of Gloucester is helping sharing the cost of this high school – a sixth form college- which is sorely needed in this town. Mr Brinkman was a German missionary who died here a few decades ago while working for the Church. In fact the school is now going to be called the Bishop Makaya High School which is easier for local people to get their tongues round.
The Cathedral here in Kasulu built a block of four classrooms early last year, then asked the Diocese of Gloucester to be a partner in the project. I am heavily tied up in the finances of the school on behalf of the Diocese of Gloucester, but also tied up in the nuts and bolts (bricks and mortar!) of the project as we decide on final designs, priorities in building order, and how to get enough water for the building process. We have already built the shell for another block of classrooms, and have dug the foundations for the first dormitory. Building here is cheap. The foundations, walls and roof for the block of three classrooms just completed cost about £7000 and took about two months to finish. I am hoping that we can get quite a few buildings up within the next few months.
Other news :
Thanks to Alastair's hard work and ingenuity, and the purchase of yet another oil drum, the hot water system, and 'bucket management' is back to normal.
The rains have started properly on cue on 1st November - it's cooler, muddier and greener.
Today 'going to church' took 9 hours - I was preaching at Kinazi, way up in the hills. I am feeling much more confident in Swahili and can keep going for 20+ minutes without getting stage fright!
A highlight yesterday was finding a bar of Cadbury's Dairy milk in a shop in town. It's a different recipe here and doesn't melt!