We arrived in Dodoma last evening at 8:30.  Much nuisance with the flight from Addis Ababa, a three hour delay in an airport with much construction, so we sat listening the jack hammering, ugh.  When we finally boarded, se flew on a beautiful, new Air Bus, but not to Dar es Salaam, rather to some island south of Dar where they speak French.  Cannot think of the name just yet, but it will come.  We were there for an hour, then took off for Dar.  We missed our appointment at 4:00 with the AEG International people as we didn’t arrive at the hotel until 9:15.

Went to the bar and got something to help us sleep and some food, collapsed into bed and slept 12 hours.  The Southern Sun is the hotel we have stayed in for the past 8 years upon arriving in Tanzania.  Same people there who have become familiar with these old ladies, and take good care of us.  It is a beautiful hotel and give us luxury after traveling two days.

We met with two representatives from AEG, very sharp women who will send 40 kits to Dodoma so we can begin the solar project.

Flew on a small plane to Dodoma, Musa met us at the airport, we then had another wait as our luggage came up by bus from Dar.  Got some food shopping done, back to the bus station, got all our bags, then to Msalato.  There is now a paved road to Msalato, wow, beautiful and shortened the ride.  We were met at the Guest House by Seche, the house girl we have had since the beginning.  She had everything ready – more food than we can eat, especially dozens of fresh eggs!  Bananas, other fruit and bread.  We had dinner at Rev. Hilda’s house, then fell into bed at 11:00.

Today is an easy day of recovering and getting organized.  Photos to come next.  Jessie

AFTER A LONG JOURNEY, WE ARRIVED IN DAR ES SALAAM LATE TUESDAY EVENING. 8:30 pm. Our flight from Addis Ababa was delayed by 6 and a half hours, and we ended up on some island south of Dar, where France was spoken. So tired, I don’t remember the name of the island as I write this. After an hour there, we flew back to Dar. Collapsed into bed at 9:00 pm and slept until 9:00 this morning.
We met with two delightful women, representatives of AEG INTERNATIONAL for a breakfast meeting. Now, getting ready to go to the airport to fly to Dodoma.

More later. Jessie

This past Sunday, August 6th, St. Mary Magdalene church in Seven Lakes gave us a blessing and wonderful send off.  We showed how a Firefly works, the solar kit with 5 strong lights, mobile phone charger and other features.  The church gave us a wonderful check for three solar kits, and other members of this dear church gave additional donations for solar and goats.  Rev. Bob Brown reminded everyone of the Sunday I brought two large goats to church and up the aisle… to kick of the “get a goat, give a goat” project.                                       

Here in one of Jessie’s paintings you see women and children leaving their church.  Aren’t the colors dynamic and beautiful?  This time next week (August 14th) we will be on our way for the 8th time!  And  this time we go with a new project in mind ~ solar lighting for the homes in the villages.  It seems more than coincidence that we know a Nigerian here in our neighborhood who is in the business of solar lighting all over the world! We will meet two representatives of his business in Dar es Salaam.  Imagine, they have an office in the city where we land!?  Surely, a God thing.  I will not have a laptop this trip.  My first one was pinched and the second one I left with the students at Msalato Theological College last year.  I may have to rely on a handwritten journal this time.  Jessie may have her laptop so we can keep you informed.


Hilda Kabia and Sandy

We’ve been pretty silent, however, we want those of you who support Karimu and who live nearby to know that then new President of Msalato Theological College will be visiting us in February. Hilda is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and will preach at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Seven Lakes on February 19th. Please come and welcome her.

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