I think it’s fair to say life has been pretty busy! We have less than 3 weeks of language training left, which is pretty scary. I don’t think we’re anywhere near the level that would be necessary to work in any kind of efficient way! They are really trying to push us now, but I can see how really the lessons just give a foundation and it’s from there that you have to do some serious learning. We plan to spend a stint on Kome Island in the near future and I think that will be a good time to consolidate and hopefully get to grips with the language a bit more thoroughly. Simon is really pushing himself on and trying to read bits of the Bible in pamphlet style accessible language. To be honest though I’m spending some time going back to the basics and trying to get clear in my mind some of the things from our early weeks, which I’ve already forgotten! My memory is not what it once was and languages were never really my forte!
We’ve been enjoying life in Iringa, and the children have become quite settled. I’m a bit apprehensive about another transition, but Tabitha is excited about seeing Lake Victoria at least! We plan to leave for Mwanza at the end of the month. Our house won’t be available straight away, so we’ll be housesitting for some missionaries who are going on home leave for the first couple of months.
Yesterday we went to visit a team who are over from the UK and staying in a village called Lupembelwasenga. It was great to see what the villagers and the team have managed to achieve. The villagers have been working hard digging a trench in order to put in a water pipe to provide the village with clean water. It needs to be something ridiculous like 10km long and 1m deep the whole way. It’s no joke, but amazing progress so far. I think it’s been a real encouragement to have the team come out and support the village in this endeavour, and hopefully it will help inspire them to keep going. It’s been no mean feat for the team though and they’ve been working hard. They’re also running kids activities in the afternoon, which have been attracting over 100 children. As you can imagine, they are getting pretty tired. So pray for strength for them and also for health, as one or two have been unwell.
The accommodation is pretty basic down in the village, but it was great to see how happy our children were there. Both are getting fairly proficient with using squat toilets and both are happy running around in the fresh air all day! This reassured us that they will cope with Island life (hopefully).
Reuben unfortunately trapped his big toe a metal gate a couple of weeks ago. He damaged the nail and it was quite sore at the time, but settled down and looked fine within a couple of days. Over a week later it suddenly became painful and was obviously infected. As a result his nail gradually detached itself and he now has no nail. It will be interesting to see whether it grows back, and in what form. He has not loved the antibiotics and didn’t want to walk on it much, but it’s obviously feeling a lot better now and will hopefully have settled down completely by the time is course of antibiotics is finished.
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch! As always we appreciate all your support and words of encouragement!
Here are a few more updates of the last month:
-Reuben turned 2 and had a lovely party with a car cake and pin the tail on the baa baa.
– The Rolletts have moved into the house now which will be their Base for the next 2 years. We’ve really enjoyed their company and they’re a great addition to the Iringa family.
– The car search continues, the best choice is in Dar es salaam, 10hrs drive away so the logistics of finding a car, checking it out and then bringing it to iringa is taking a lot of Simon’s spare time. The ideal scenario would be to have one of our own in time for our relocation to Mwanza in a few weeks time.