Hello, family and friends!
I realize I haven’t updated in a while—I had been telling myself that I would post updates for a while now, but the weekends keep getting away from me! It’s hard for me to believe that it’s February already, which marks my two full months of being in the country, with only four left to go.
|Diana put up a the Happy Birthday banner for me!|
|borrowed a mosquito net to keep those nasty things away|
|Pamoja celebrating Danny's first birthday|
|I caught a baby gecko! Seriously look how tiny it is|
|Ben Feser celebrating Australia day with a watermelon hat!|
|Selfie with the Pamoja crew- Natasha, Martina, Me, Justin, and Angela :D|
|Some of the Pamoja staff at Florah's wedding send-off|
|Bride and Groom- I think Tanzanians don't smile so much in formal events to be more respectful|
|All the single missionary ladies plus Natasha Feser :)|
|check out this bomb diggity waterhole|
|In the middle of nowhere|
|Lucy and I|
|That white blob is me swinging into the waterhole|
Margaret Mead, an American cultural anthropologist once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Communities such as Pamoja are a testament to the impact such a small group of people can have when we work together for a greater purpose. With a company of less than 20, we are creating the first Swahili animations for children, filming 26 episodes of Swahili puppet shows, printing a series of 13 financial literacy comic books that will be distributed all throughout East Africa, animating 6.5 hours worth of the financial literacy curriculum, and screening our Swahili movies and musicals all over Tanzania!!! And the response I have seen has been overwhelmingly positive. Praise the Lord indeed ☺
|progress! The color comics are coming together|
|Shiner became part of the experimental process in dyeing cloth for the puppets|
|Sarah and Raha :D|
Efficiency and smooth workflow: We are all very busy juggling multiple projects, which is particularly difficult in a different country. Please pray for less unexpected problems, grace when importing materials/going through customs, and fresh bursts of creativity.
Strengthened community: With things getting busier, it’s also easy to forget the importance of community or become impatient for each other. Even though I think we’ve been doing a good job of looking out for each other and reminding ourselves of our purpose here, please continue to pray that we would be able to maintain a positive attitude towards each other.
More cultural/language growth: Thank you for all your prayers last time about my growing culturally! I am now able to understand a fair amount of children’s televisions shows, and have been venturing out more. However, I would still like to be much better at Swahili than I am right now (I have the talking level similar to that of a 2 year old), and I would like to go out into town more. This is difficult because of such long workdays, but I hope to have more chances to push myself out of my comfort zone on the weekends, and maybe even weeknights.
|My first view of Kilimanjaro at a Nipe Jibu showing :)|