Spring 2011

January 31, 2011

This morning we all made it to Swahili class without a hitch, this after getting home Sunday evening after a full weekend.  An impressive group.  Tom Meyers,…

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January 30, 2011

We spent the weekend in a small town about an hour north of Dar es Salaam called Bagamoyo.  Loosely translated it means “where I lay my heart…

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January 28, 2011

Yesterday afternoon Dr. Masebu, a historian from the University of Dar es Salaam, gave us a sweeping overview of the colonial period in Africa, with specific references…

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January 26, 2011

Last evening we were without electricity (an increasingly frequent challenge for residents of Dar es Salaam) and therefore we could not post to the blog. So here…

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January 24, 2011

William Cronon suggests, “the instability of human relations with the environment can be used to explain both cultural and ecological transformations.”  Building on this theme, today we…

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January 23, 2011

Kigamboni Beach Weekend

This weekends’ pictures speak for themselves.  After a busy first week and a half, the students deserved some genuine respite and play.  We traveled by ferry to…

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January 21, 2011

Swahili class today included some wonderful singing of Tanzanian songs, both gospel and secular.  in return, the students offered a hymn or two from the Mennonite hymnal. …

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January 20, 2011

As you have begun to gather from previous posts, the daily schedule for students goes something like this.  Anywhere between 7-8:30 a.m. students arrive at Upanga Church…

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January 19, 2011

Warm greetings again from Dar.  Students are in the swing of things, arriving each morning at the church for Swahili class.  Class begins at 8:30 a.m. and…

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January 18, 2011

Swahili classes have begun!  Yesterday and today, the students arrived at the church for Swahili class in fine fashion.  In fact today, everyone was on time!  That…

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