|sometimes I burn these wood chips that Ruby gave me|
1. Community is rich here
First, thank you all so much for praying for me and my transition quite literally (11 hours difference from LA) to the other side of the world! As some of you may remember, finding community was something that I was worried about, but luckily for me, there are peoples of all cultures, ages, and backgrounds here so that I have landed myself in a rich community of resources, wisdom, and love. Admittedly, it is not the college community I am used to, but it's quite wonderful to sit at the feet of those who have generations of wisdom and insight to share. On the flip side, I've also had tons of opportunities to look at the world through a child's eyes again by hanging out with the missionary kids around campus.
|Ben is obsessed with millipedes. I am not.|
|Dinner with the Radoslavovs|
|going to Vineyard Arusha|
2. I have time!
Since we live in a somewhat jungle-like area, it rains a lot. One day Sig, the executive director of Pamoja and I just finished chatting together when it began to drizzle. Raindrops started falling on the concrete steps where we were, and as I was about to return to my work Sig suddenly drew my attention to the dotted patterns the wet raindrops were making on the pavement. Some big, some little, some falling in triplets or doublets in random polka-dotted patterns. "Look how beautiful these droplets are." He said, "You can almost find constellations in them." Indeed they were extraordinarily beautiful, like a galaxy of tiny dark stars, and it was then that I realized what a gift of time I had been given when I came to Tanzania.
There is no way I would have even dreamed of stopping to watch raindrop patterns in my fast-paced Los Angeles (not like we really had rain until recently anyways). Here I have the time to read and learn from books, participate in community dinners, play with kids, journal, wake up early without feeling exhausted, go to market... the list goes on and on. I can participate in recreational activities that may not be goal-oriented at all, but are far more life giving in the long run.
|Took a stroll around Lake Duluti last Sunday|
|collecting wood in the koko tinny (Swahili for pullpull cart) with Paul|
|look at the Animation bibles they have here!!! :D|
Anyways, here are some more pictures of life in Pamoja. (You can also expect lots of pictures of animals because furry friends always make my life better.)
|Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro are often hidden by clouds|
|RAHA THE DERPPP|
|Oops! The muffler fell off on the way to church today|
|Tasha being a shepard for the Christmas play today|
|Paul in his angel costume|