The lady at the post office looked at me like I was an idiot. And wasting her time. Just, you know, making a fuss for no reason. I was back for the second time to tell her that our PO box needed fixing. Half the screws on the inside which […]
We in Tanzania have faith, but not power. People in Ulaya (the West) have power but not faith. But Luke says the good news is that God gives us faith and power. These are the intriguing words of Canon George Chiteto, one of the chaplains at St John’s University, as […]
Since we moved to Tanzania last year, we’ve begun to field questions from friends interested in volunteering. For the first time I’ve heard about a couple of the big, international volunteer organisations, and it’s been fascinating to see how they talk — so intriguing that I’ve been doing some source […]
Morling College in Sydney have produced a booklet of their 2014 Tinsley lecture, Gender: Being Missional and the Reign of God given by Rev. Karina Kreminski. She opens with the question of whether Christians should all just be ‘over’ the gender question and concentrate on more important things. Her answer […]
As we’ve held meetings with student leaders, we’ve been able to observe how they come to decisions. For example, when we ask for volunteers, no one steps forward. Even those who have been speaking up with strong opinions for the whole meeting will not step forward to volunteer themselves.
I helped out at a day workshop for girls not long ago. The topic was relationships and dowries came up during the question time. After I’d sorted out the language (the word for ‘dowry’ sounds remarkably similar to the word for ‘place’, especially in an echo-y lecture theatre!) I was […]
We don’t really have Tanzanian friends. There, I said it. One of the most common questions we get asked by our Australian friends is whether we are making friends here in Tanzania. The answer is ‘no’. We’ve been here for 15 months and we don’t feel like we have friends. […]