After a couple of weeks in Dar es Salaam we’re now coming towards the end of our 3-week orientation course, and looking ahead to the next stage!

We have definitely learnt a lot in the last couple of weeks, about life in Tanzania in general and about Bible translation and language development here in particular. At the same time we’ve been trying to prepare ourselves for the long trip out west to our new home – Mpanda – at the beginning of March. This has meant buying various things for our house including some kitchen equipment, making sure the car that we’re borrowing is in good condition for the trip, obtaining Tanzanian drivers licenses, and meeting with various people to discuss the work we’ll be doing in Mpanda.

In the midst of all the busyness we’ve also really enjoyed visiting with people here in Dar, and one or two nice times of relaxing on the beautiful coast!

On Saturday we’ll be making the 7-hour trip inland to Iringa, where we plan to stay at a Swahili language school for a month before moving on to Mpanda.

We’re really grateful for those of you who have been praying for us since our arrival in Tanzania. We are thankful for your support in this way, and have seen many of your prayers answered as we have settled in well and generally been very healthy. Please continue to pray for us in this time of transition, especially that we would be able to get everything done that we need to this week, and for a safe drive to Iringa on Saturday – thanks!

Learning about different types of food...

Learning about different types of food...

Laura being a good student...

Laura being a good student...

Dagaa - very small fish!

Dagaa - very small fish!

Some colourful fabrics being sold in downtown Dar es Salaam

Some colourful fabrics being sold in downtown Dar es Salaam

Laura relaxing on the beach

Laura relaxing on the beach

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