Last month our blog ended with the words, “…move into our house and finally unpack those suitcases!” Well, we are pleased to report that we’ve been in our house for a week or so and the suitcases are, with one exception, unpacked. It took us several days to get ourselves sorted out but we are starting to feel as if this is home, for the time being at least. I’ve even managed to put up our Christmas tree (thanks to a friend at Corsham Baptist!), although it’s hard to feel “Christmassy” in this heat!
Let me give you a flavour of where we live. Our house is situated on the outskirts of Morogoro. From the main road, a long driveway leads to a small cul-de-sac with 6 houses. We have a large gate which we keep padlocked, bars on every window, and a night guard on the gate at the main road – all necessary security precautions. Hmm - do we feel more secure or more vulnerable...? It’s a 3 bedroomed house – ideal as we’ll be working from home initially and can each have an office (experience shows that we work differently and need our own space!). We also have room for visitors to stay! Thankfully the house came furnished so we don’t have to find our own furniture for the time being.
|New species? A double decker|
millipede trundles across our porch
We’ve already discovered that various household items can’t be found in Morogoro for love nor money – coat hangers (hence the unpacked suitcase), dusters and plugs for example – a lesson that the basics we take for granted in the UK are not considered so vital here. We will have to wait until we next go to Dar es Salaam to buy these things.
|Morogoro market - not for the|
In common with the majority of ex-pats, and many Tanzanians, here, we have a house helper. Her name is Asha and she comes in three mornings a week to clean, bleach vegetables, prepare water and do laundry. She speaks a very little English so I am practising my Kiswahili listening and speaking skills! It feels strange to have someone work for us but actually it is expected here and of course it provides someone with employment.
|The team from Corsham Baptist entertaining the|
crowd on Family Night
|Ruth has a close encounter of a "furred" kind!|
Now Christmas is looming. We are taking the opportunity to go away for a few days. It will certainly be a different kind of Christmas for us – in the heat of Zanzibar!
We wish you all the blessings of the season and thank you for your love and prayers, and the gifts and cards that you have sent.
- Praise God for a good transition so far into life in Morogoro and pray that we will continue to settle well.
- Pray that we will be able to adjust to the heat and humidity.
- Pray for ongoing language learning and opportunities to use it.
23rd-27th Dec Christmas break
3rd-10th Jan Possible homestay with Tanzanian family
11th Jan Fly to Nairobi
13th Jan Ruth – hospital tests and check-up, Nairobi Hospital
14th Jan-4th Feb Africa Based Orientation, Machakos, Kenya
6th Feb Return to Morogoro
Random photo of the month:
|A petrol station in Dar nails its colours firmly to the pump: |
"Jesus - name above all names." Can't see this
happening in the UK!