Mogabiri Farm Center


On Tuesday morning we left Musoma early and arrived in the small town of Mogabiri, the service location for Eva Lapp and Andre Eisenbeis. Mogabiri is on the escarpment and enjoys cooler weather at a higher elevation.  This is great farming and banana country! Eva and Andre were waiting for us at the end of … Keep reading »

Kiabakari Bible College

Alicia with Bible School students after morning devotions.

Today we left Musoma town with Bri, Anneliese, Melanie, and Kelsey at 7:30 in the morning in the our Landrover. The agenda was to visit Alicia Hofer at her service location in the nearby town of Kiabakari, about a 40 minute drive from Musoma. Alicia teaches English at Kiabakari Bible College, a Lutheran run bible … Keep reading »

Mugumu – IMARA and Nyerere DDH Hospital

Twila (and Alia and Katrina) at IMARA with colleagues.

On Thursday evening we left Ikoma and took Alia with us to Mugumu to visit Twila Albrecht and Katrina Kennel who have been living there.  We arrived at Mugumu in the early evening, in time to host everyone for dinner at the Giraffe Garden Hotel.  We had a fun evening catching up, laughing, and enjoying … Keep reading »

Ikoma Cultural Center

Crafts for sale at the center

On Thursday morning we left Nata to visit Alia Munley at Ikoma Cultural Center, which is halfway between Nata and Mugumu (about 30-45 minutes from both towns.)  We arrived to Alia having her morning breakfast in the outdoor sitting area in the shade of the trees. She had just finished her morning routine of jogging … Keep reading »

Nata – The Grumeti Fund & GHOMACOS

A chameleon crossed the road on our way to Nata.

On Tuesday we drove to the small town of Nata, located near the Serengeti National Park, to visit Ellie Shertz, Jama Yoder, and Jordan Weaver.  Ellie and Jama are working with the Grumeti Fund (a non-profit community outreach organization funded by the Grumeti Reserve) and Jordan is working with Grumeti Horticultural & Marketing Cooperative (GHOMACOS), … Keep reading »

Ikoma Cultural Center and Nyerere Museum


Safari – Sat. Feb. 22nd – Visit to Butiama On our last day of our safari we loaded a rented bus to make the 3 hour drive to Musoma.  We enjoyed our 2 nights of camping at Ikoma Cultural Center, which included exposure to Ikoma traditional culture and Ikoma dancing.  (Alia Munley is volunteering at … Keep reading »

Grumeti Reserve & Singita Hotels


Grumeti visit – Friday Feb. 21st On Friday, the last day of our safari, we visited Grumeti Reserve about 45 minutes from Ikoma where we were camping.  Grumeti Reserve is a very large hunting block that borders the Serengeti National Park and is situated in the path of the wildebeest migration.  John Tudor Jones bought … Keep reading »

Serengeti National Park

Entrance to Olduvai (Oldupai) Gorge

The safari – Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 2014 On Wednesday we broke camp at Ngorongoro and loaded the Land Cruisers for the short hour trip to Olduvai Gorge (Oldupai is the correct Maasai name).  Olduvai is famous for its hominid fossils dating back more than a million years ago, and the nearby Laetoli site is where hominid … Keep reading »

Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area


The safari – Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 2014 While the students get settled into their service assignments, we’ll update you on the week-long trip from Dar es Salaam to Musoma. On Monday the 17th, we took a 9 hour bus ride from Dar to Arusha.  We spent the night at the Meru House Inn and treated the … Keep reading »

Students begin service!


I am writing on Monday evening having finally hung the last mosquito net in our new house and Isaac and Mara are tucked in.  We are living in a house on the campus of the Mennonite Theological College of East Africa (MTCEA).  Of course it is not only we who are settling in to a … Keep reading »