Back to Tanzania, via the UK

July 30, 2014 in Life, Mark, Front

After many months of waiting, at the end of June I finally became an American citizen! It still hasn’t quite sunk in that I’m American, and I have a lot of work to do on my accent, but we are happy that we will be able to come and go freely from the US for the rest of our lives without worrying about visas and residence permits.

Soon after my oath ceremony Laura made her way to Tanzania, via Switzerland and Qatar (since she missed a connection after being delayed by a thunderstorm on the east coast of the US), where she has been settling in for the last month. She has been working in the head office of our Uganda-Tanzania Branch, seeking to support our colleagues as they live and work cross-culturally, and also providing training in child safety policies for staff throughout the two countries. Read the rest of this entry →

Adventures in California

November 20, 2013 in Life, Wycliffe, Mark, Church, Culture, Front

Although we are currently living in Oregon in the US, Laura is originally from California and still considers that to be her home in many ways. Recently we were excited to be able to spend a couple of weeks in California visiting friends, supporters and our supporting church in Petaluma.

We had an amazing time, and loved being able to catch up with friends who we hadn’t seen for a couple of years. Our time in Petaluma was also really encouraging, particularly as we spent an evening with the church home group that has committed to supporting us in prayer and practically in whatever ways they can. We were really glad to have the opportunity to spend time getting to know the group better, and felt humbled by their enthusiasm to support us and our work in whatever ways they can. Read the rest of this entry →

Transitions…

May 27, 2013 in Life, Wycliffe, Mark, Africa, Front, Tanzania

The last few months have been a busy time for us, hence the lack of blog posts! In March we flew to our head office in Dar es Salaam, where I was part of a committee discussing how our Uganda-Tanzania Branch is governed. While that doesn’t sound very exciting, the meetings were actually very interesting and we made some good progress towards thinking through how staff from various countries and cultures can all give input in to policy, and how this might work in practice.

In Dar es Salaam we were also asked by our branch leadership to consider moving in to new assignments next year, and to bring forward our planned time in the UK and the US so that we would be back in Tanzania to start our new jobs in early-2014. So on arriving back in Mpanda we concentrated on handing our work over to our colleagues, particularly Isaack who will be taking on much of the day to day running of the office that I have been responsible for.
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A long journey and a great safari

July 22, 2012 in Life, Africa, Front, Tanzania

The last few weeks have been a busy time for us with a lot of traveling, driving and bus-ing across East Africa. We left home four weeks ago to head to our branch conference on the Kenyan coast, via stops in Sumbawanga, Mbeya. Iringa, Morogoro (due to a minor car problem), Dar es Salaam and Tanga along the way. While it was certainly a long trip (a grand total of 89 hours of travel over three and a half weeks) it was worth it to see so many friends again!

The conference went well, and we enjoyed seeing many friends and colleagues, some of whom we hadn’t seen for six years, before driving back to Dar es Salaam again where we met David and Amy, who had come for a brief visit from Oregon in the US. Read the rest of this entry →

Sharing in the Blessing of Community

March 5, 2012 in Life, Mark, Africa, Culture, Front, Mission, Tanzania

On Friday I was invited by two of our friends, Goodluck and Eliki, who work here at the language school to visit their village and families. I was excited to have the opportunity, and grateful to be able to share in a part of their lives for a few hours.

To begin with we visited Goodluck’s home, a couple of miles up the road from where we are staying. Here I met his Grandfather and Grandmother (Babu and Bibi in Swahili), who are from the Kinga tribe. The Kinga mainly live in the south-west of Iringa Region, but Babu and Bibi had to move to this area near Iringa town during the time of Ujamaa, soon after Tanzania gained its independence in the 1960s, and have lived here ever since. Read the rest of this entry →