Mamajojo's Muse

"Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say; here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58: 6-11

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 11

Back in Tanzania!! And so happy to be here. We arrived Sunday at lunch time, and we are staying in a wonderful guest house, at Jubilant Wera's cousin's place: quiet and comfortable, and the best hot shower I have had on this trip, after a 10 minute wait for the hot to turn on. Electricity in TZ is worse than ever, but things are peaceful. The electricity seems to be the most pressing political issue!

Emmanuel Wera met us at the airport, and took us to the guest house while his dad, Jubilant, and mom, Rose, were taking three young kids back to boarding school. They lost both parents recently, and so the Wera's have had a very full house. Now they are safely and happily in a good school, and will come home here for holidays.

They took us to an EXCELLENT Chinese restaurant, Darrell, you would have loved this one. I really enjoy talking to them and hearing about the business, and they were happy to hear Mike finished his school designs. Jubilant thinks he may have found another sponsor for the school project, and would like to try to go ahead with it. ALARM was also glad to get a copy of the plans.

Soon Amy and I will enjoy an African breakfast here, while the Keefe's sleep for a couple of hours. Then we will take them to the marvelous craft market in Arusha and on to the airport to pick up the Telly's and to Tarangire National park, to stay at the rather luxurious tented camp. I am looking forward to that. From there to Lake Manyara lodge, and that park, and then to Ngorongoro Crater, and a tour of that wonder of the world We will be back in Arusha on the 15th, i think, and i may not be able to blog again until then. Just picture herds of wildlife, wide plains and tall cliffs, winding roads up escarpments and a sunken volcano full of every animal but giraffes (not enough trees).

I am enjoying just riding around seeing wildly painted minivans and little shops like the "Wall Mart" we passed yesterday. So good to be in Tanzania!

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