Well, the ladies promised that they’d make me an African dress, and they were as good as their word. I suggested that if they could make it today, I would wear it to church tomorrow- I will certainly feel better turning up in a nice dress rather than the scruffy trousers and t-shirt which is all I’ve brought with me.
Today started with a meeting with the Bishop of Mara, Bishop George Okoth, who greeted us warmly and was very well briefed on both the challenges and the successes of Mmazame parish. That was quite impressive, as he has 82 parishes to think about in his diocese. The Bishop prayed with and for us, which we very much appreciated.
Reflecting over dinner on our first few days in Mmazame, it became clear that it’s the women of the community who keep things going here.
Today was our first full day working in the village. While Keith, Daren, Ken and Ian got stuck into the building projects, I sat with a group of ladies from the church and learned about their lives, their hopes and their dreams.
After three flights, two long airport layovers and a four hour drive (during which we got our first glimpse of Lake Victoria and the entrance to the Serengeti), we finally arrived at our destination. Before making camp in our hotel in Musoma, we “popped in” on our link parish of Mmazame so that the men could measure up for their building project.