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Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26 Update

Dear friends,

I have arrived safely in Kasulu, Tanzania. The plan departed an hour earlier than written on the itinerary. That was exciting. Fortunately, we had arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.

I arrived yesterday in Kasulu after visiting in Ujiji and Kigoma areas (Mr. Stanely met Dr. Livingstone under a mango tree in Ujiji on the shore of Lake Tanganyika). We (myself and Bill and Cathy Schrull) enjoyed the hospitality of a former bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika, yesterday, in Kigoma. We are enjoying the hospitality of the current Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika while we are here, in Kasulu.

There is a 7 hour time difference between Tanzania and the Diocese of Albany.

Today, it is Union Day, a national holiday. On April 26, 1964, two countries were merged into what is now Tanzania.

The power is out in at least a part of Kasulu, and the theological college is running on a back-up generator.

The local mosque sounds its first call to prayer at 5 am, over a loudspeaker. The local dogs wake before then and have a howling convention.

I am also learning the best way to integrate our program into the life of Kasulu Bible College and into the Diocese of Western Tanganyika. There is great potential here.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to guide the mission, as well as for safe and timely travel. I have been pleasantly surprised.

Last night, Bishop Makaya asked me to preach at two services at the cathedral on Sunday. Pray that I would preach the right words that are needed.

God bless you,

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