Jambo from Beautiful Tanzania! We arrived safely on Wednesday night, but after getting our bags, having out money changed, and stopping for dinner, it was too dark to go back to camp and set up. We decided to stay in a cheap hotel in Boma. In the morning, we had a small breakfast and headed out. We stopped at the house of the man who was keeping all of our equipment safe and loaded up. (We were already cramped… but after adding building supplies and our kitchen, we were more than “comfortable.” (: )
We got to the base and started unloading and getting organized. Shortly after arriving we found that the local river water was not good for drinking, even after boiling. It is good for bathing, laundry and rinsing things, but it’s very difficult to filter more than a bucket an hour because it constantly clogs our filters. The solution was to buy water. Today, we bought several barrels that we can fill with clean water from the mountain and transport back to the base. We will have to do this every couple of days, but praise the Lord we have a way to do it and that our kids are now fully-hydrated! We also had to buy a new stove because the old one was missing parts and it’s quite difficult to keep a fire on a windy mountain. Praise the Lord we found one at a decent price that serves our needs.
Today, the team got to start working on the project. They started digging holes for poles and gathering water for mixing concrete/mortar. They will hopefully be able to start laying bricks either today or tomorrow. We also have several boys building us lady leaders counters in the missionary house so that we have a clean area to work. It’s been difficult finding a clean place to prepare so we we’ve been preparing in our laps for now. The counters are looking great and will be wonderful for the team, and for the missionary who will be moving-in come November.
We’re hoping that by the end of today everything will be officially set up now that our dishes are sanitized properly and we have the space we need to work.
To the parents- Your children are doing wonderful. Some of them struggled in Boot Camp but after arriving to Africa, they’re new people. Send them letters of encouragement, they’re going to need it with the rough conditions and all the hard work they’re doing.
I know many of you want testimonies from the kids and pictures… They are coming! We haven’t had much time for the extra things today, but we’ll make it up to you on the next report!
Please pray the team keeps their strength and avoids injuries.