|White Stork at Kibidula|
|Herd of Elephants|
|The Cruiser before books and mud|
|Cases of message books- part of Kibidula's publishing efforts.|
Some of the roads were scary. The rains have returned and mud of various sorts and various depths was between us and our destination. We actually lost one box of books when going through one big puddle with many BIG BUSES coming up behind us quickly. God blessed us so much. The box came off the FRONT of the vehicle, and down the hood, instead of behind, so we were able to protect it from the buses, and we didn't get hit. The books were okay! There were 92 books in each box. Doug had bought some trash bags in Dar es Salaam, and we covered each box. We couldn't get a tarp at the time we arrived. I can see God's hand even in this. If the box had only been under a tarp, the mud would have messed up the box badly. But the plastic helped to protect it more during the tumble.
|This picture was after we lost the box and got it back on.|
|Pay Toilets with paintings|
|Under the tree where the people have church.|
There is a very large presence (99%) of non-Christians in this area, so to see this growth is very exciting. We did make it to Liwale after 13 hours of travel. Again there were cashew trees everywhere. The people had been worshiping under the cashew trees until the new church got built. The church was getting dedicated right after the meetings ended. We met with the district commissioner. He was very happy for the work we were doing and teaching about health. He was very supportive and helpful. He is the one that told us that the area was 99% Musl*m! Wow. He said if there was 2 baptisms, it would be a miracle.
|Another little friend.|
|One BIG silver praying-mantis type bug. He wasn't so long, but BIG.|
For the first time we also saw and tasted cashew fruit. The cashew nut is on the outside of the fruit and it has an oil in the nut case which will cause severe pain and itching. So to get that nut out is a trick for sure. The fruit is SUPER juicy, but not so nice. I am glad we got to try it. It smells like a strawberry, but it doesn't taste that way. We were told if you eat much, your throat will hurt or swell. not sure. We only took a bite.
|Cashew Fruit and nut.|
|One of three who were baptized|
|This is Ester. She was a VERY friendly little albino girl.|
|Evangelism students who came to the seminars with us teachers|
On our way back, we stopped and had lunch with another previous student. After we were done, Joshua came in trying to get me to come see the monkey. They had a monkey from the wild that was now a pet. He was a bit over friendly. Joshua and I petted him and played with him a bit. Joshua was in love with him.
|Joshua's new friend|
After getting back to Kibidula, I, Tamara, started attending the Nutrition/Cooking classes that Owen taught here at Kibidula. We made some new friends and it really inspired me to start doing cooking classes again (greatly changed since we are in Africa and without many tools!) I am praying a lot for wisdom and skill to make some plans to be a blessing to those that want to learn to cook more healthily here. I would appreciate prayers.
Doug has been busy while I have been in class. He has removed the two plastic bowls that were our sinks, and put in the sink Mom gave us before we left. (We brought it in the container.) Today he finished the last of the cement grinding to install it. Our counter-tops are cement. No termite issue here. We are recovering from the cement dust now. The sink looks so nice. The water isn't hooked up to the new faucet, but that will come in time.
Yesterday we put together the little greenhouse frame. One piece got lost somewhere, but Doug was able to make it work anyhow. So soon we will have a protected place for starting seeds and some other plants.
|Greenhouse frame being moved to the garden.|
The lady that is translating our materials is still working at it. When there is no power, she is limited (using a laptop.)
All is well. I see God working and guiding so much. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to serve Him here.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support.