Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jan. 16th, 2010

We slept in and Mama Toni cooks special breakfast – bacon, sausage, toast, eggs and waffles minus the bacon, sausage and waffles. Marcia also has porridge. After we we ate we go to the school and attend religious graduation ceremonies. It appears to be something like a baccalaureate. There is a Catholic mass, Lutheran and Pentecostal services and a Muslim service. There is a lot of singing and dancing, with music from tapes/cds and a funky keyboard. We like the acapella best, but it is all good. We are recognized at the Lutheran and Pentecostal and asked to say a few words, so we congratulate them on their work and wish them the best in the future. Marcia encourages them to use their talents by serving God and the people.

There are many people who recognize “Miss Marcia” and want to talk. It is a very delightful experience. We did not stay for the whole day as it was quite warm. We returned to the home for a nap (Greg) and reading (Marcia).

Edward and Mohammed went to Iringa today to set up a bank account. As we were gone, Mama Toni went to spend some time at home. She returned shortly after 5:00 to start supper. Mohammed returned a short time earlier and reported that they had done 95% of the work to open the account and all they need are their cards.

Today has been very quiet in the community. Much less coming and going than on weekdays.

As this day comes to an end, Marcia and I are hopeful that our other teammembers are having a spectacular time.