Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jan. 3rd, 2010

“What is one is in the whole, and therefore, ultimately, each soul if responsible for the whole world.” –Gary Zukav

We had our first meeting last night after Danielle, Jennie, and Kayli arrive. Sam, Marcia and I had spent the day together after arriving very late on January 1st. We introduced ourselves, shared our stories, and had a nice meal. Edward and Mohammed provided some orientation and an outline for tomorrow.

We had breakfast and departed about 10:15. It was raining quite hard and a little hard to see. The streets of Dar were very bust as people were coming and going from church. The colors of the outfits were amazingly vibrant and diverse.

We stopped for lunch after 2 hours, a very nice buffet in Chainze. The roadsides were busy with people and there were many different foods for sale – pineapple, mango, onions, potatoes, bananas, tomatoes.

We traveled through the Mikumi reserve/national park and saw baboons, cape buffalo, warthogs, giraffe, zebra, impala, elephant, and lions. We were all quite impressed by the experience. What a great beginning for all of us.

It was a long day, as we arrived in Iringa about 7:30. The travel was somewhat unnerving as we saw several accidents, including a head-on of two gas trucks.

Upon arriving in Iringa, we were shown to our rooms at the Mlandege Lutheran Center and then served a lovely meal. Edward outlined our schedule for the next day and bid us a good night.

All in all it was a good day, with the exception of Danielle feeling a little out of sorts. Hopefully she will be better tomorrow.

I am pleased by the care and concern that Edward, Mohammed, and James have extended to us. I also enjoy their good nature and their senses of humor. They are truly servants. I look forward to the next three weeks and the joy we will undoubtedly share.