Sunday, March 27, 2011

We are at language school in Tanzania

Unasemaji kwa Kiswahili?  (How do you say this in Swahili?)  Pole Pole ...  (slowly)
From the beginning ... say, Jina Langu ni Ernie.  (My name is Ernie)  I think I got that...
At my age the words all swim around in my head and I need a deep sea fishing expedition to get them out.

We have learned so much this first week, and trying to remember over a hundred words each day has been challenging.  We are in class from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM with a Chai break at 10:30 (Everything stops for Chai !!) and Lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 PM, then after class we have 2-3 hour of homework.
There often is the diversionary "monkey break" to watch the little rascals.  I played camera tag with this one...

This weekend we had the opportunity to "safari" in Arusha National Park which will be remembered for a long time.  Here are some select photos...

We are standing on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

If you have seen the old John Wayne movie "Hatari" it was filmed here in the Arusha National Park and in the nearby city of Arusha. If you did not know, in Swahili hatari means danger. 

Well, I had better look over my report on what I did this weekend, which has to be given in Swahili.
We appreciate your prayers,
Barikia Ninyi !  (Blessing on you all)
Bwana Ernie and Mama Lori

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We have arrived in Kenya

Wow the sun is bright on the equator in Kenya, Africa.
This is where our home will be for the next three years.

Everything takes longer in Africa... we finally are getting to the updates here.
This will be more of a photo entry that tells the story.

When we arrived our water source tested positive for E-coli; so in goes the bleach.

Did I say I'm getting use to the taste of bleach?

Yes, bleach is our "friend" it keeps us from getting sick.  We do boil and filter all our drinking water,
and wash all dishes and vegetables in a bleach rinse.  Wonder if that is why my hair is turning white?

Now travel here is a "ride" that most amusement parks would be envious of...

Actually this dirt road is better than the pot-holed tar road, until it rains that is...

I have been in vehicles that have broken down several times, and have no doubts why?  We will be purchasing a vehicle in the near future, hope I can find a "monster truck", or at least a good used land rover.  For most distance travel we will need to fly, as Lori did to attend a nursing conference near Nairobi.  She learned a great deal about African medicine, including some things I hope she never has to practice on me.

Suturing Practice?
And there is no xylocaine at the clinic...

While Lori was away, I attended the KIST Board of Governors' meeting and met the Church of God leaders from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Rev. Dismus Mofulu (TZ), Dr. Byrum Makokha (KE), and Rev. David Ojule (UG)

These men have amazing stories of ministry in their countries and appreciate the training of leaders that happens here at KIST.

Well, I need to publish this post before heading to chapel.