Our house mama had something a bit like a second wedding this weekend. We were honoured to participate and excited to learn about this aspect of Tanzanian culture. Every wedding may not be exactly like this, but here’s some of what we observed:
For all my talk about cultural differences in parenting just being different, without attaching judgemental labels, it breaks my heart to see the way kids react when they see a picture book. Last month was the commencement service for the university and a number of children from the neighbourhood attended. […]
Last week I wrote on Facebook: As one commenter put it, that’s a lot of ‘likes’ for a non-life event! It’s lovely that people were so supportive – language learning is a hard slog and the triumphs are few and far between. And we Aussies love a bargain! But behind […]
I commented here that I don’t think Aussie missionaries should try to make Aussies dance like Tanzanians, but there’s something appealing about the verve of African worship, isn’t there? You may well see something in the below video from our church that you want for your church.
Though students are on holidays our friend G was here for a music course. He accompanied us on our trip to Songea earlier this year and this week when he dropped by for a chat, he mentioned that people had been asking about when we would return. His response to them […]
• Read the previous posts: part one — part two — part three It’s time to wrap up my survey of Vinoth Ramachandra’s lecture, ‘Engaging the university’. Ramachandra concludes by presenting a vision for university ministry. It’s a different angle to what we’re familiar with as Australians, and he dubs it a […]
During our language classes, our tutor acted as cultural interpreter as well. One piece of advice he gave us was to think about what Australians do and then assume the opposite. Here are some ‘opposites’ we’ve been told about or discovered: if you want to protest your innocence, indignance or […]