Thursday, December 29, 2011

Super Safari at Mikumi Wildlife Park with Whit

About 4 hours Southwest of Dar is Mikumi National Park and Wildlife Camp.  It is the Northern tip of the Selous, the largest Game Reserve in Africa.  It is a surreal experience to be driving down a highway and have giraffes, baboons, zebras, ALC's (Antelope Like Creatures...many, many varieties here) and a warthog, visible just out your window. Once inside the Park we saw all sorts of African wild life cross right in front of our car.

Giraffes are elegant creatures!!
Whitney trying her hand driving on the right side of the car and the left side of the road.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Visit to Zanzibar with Whitney!

Seeing that Zanzibar is just off the coast of Dar es Salaam in the Indian Ocean, we thought we'd check it out while Whitney was here. Zanzibar is known for it's spices, the rare Red Colobus Monkey, and the last place the slave trade was active. Stone Town, an old Arabic portion of the city of Zanzibar has narrow stone streets and beautiful carved wooden entry ways. It is quiet and the pace is slow and relaxing. It was a perfect day.
We are in the Anglican Cathedral, dedicated to the end of the slave trade and built on top of the former slave market.

For many years Stone Town in Zanzibar was a major center for the slave trade. Slaves were taken from mainland Africa and traded with the Middle East. The Anglican Cathedral is built on the site of a former slave market and shows these statues, by sculptor, Clara Somas. It is a haunting reminder of man's inhumanity to man.
"Thinking of you, Avery", Love Auntie Whit
The Colobus Monkeys have no predators and are very friendly to humans.

Whitney's first step in the Indian Ocean

Dad, Whitney & Mom at the end of our day in Zanzibar

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from Dar es Salaam!

Christmas Day Dinner at our home away from home with the great Elders of Ubungo and Kinondoni Districts.
We enjoyed having the Elders for Christmas Dinner and Devotional.  It is always a pleasure to have everyone together for transfers and Holidays! Our daughter, Whitney, was supposed to have been in this picture but instead spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in a Hotel in Istanbul because of a flight change.  She made the best of the situation and found a branch of the Church and attended a Christmas Day service. Thankfully, she arrived early the next day, and were we glad to have her safe with us!
So good to hug our girl!! It's 4am!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Afternoon at the Beach

There are 14 letters in Merry Christmas, and there are 14 Missionaries in the Dar es Salaam Zone! What could be a more perfect Christmas Card? We are at Coco Point on Coco Beach in Dar where Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the country of Tanzania for the preaching of the Gospel, November 18, 2003.

Dar es Salaam Zone, Coco Point, Coco Beach Tanzania

Ubungo District: Elders Nyazungu, Jimu, Mulondo, Mpahlele & Elder and Sister Worthen

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Beaufiful Family

Jennifer, Grace, Elias, Clayton, John and John Jr. Mwingira
 The John and Grace Mwingira family has been a great blessing in our lives here. They have a delightful family and are wonderful examples of the dedicated and loving African Saints here. Their first son to go on a mission, Elias, bore his testimony in church this week before leaving for the South Africa, Cape Town Mission. This will be his first plane ride and he is very excited. He will attend the Johannesburg Missionary Training Center before he travels to his assignment. We had the pleasure and privilege of having Elias and two other soon to be missionaries, Romanus (South Africa, Durban Mission) and John (South Africa, Johannesburg Mission) to our home for dinner and a "movie". We showed them the inspiring DVD of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaking at the Provo MTC Devotional about Christ-like qualities of a missionary. These young men have been best friends since childhood and have encouraged each other  along the way to fulfill their dream to be missionaries.  Elias and Romanus came to the Chang'ombe Music class every Tuesday wanting to learn how to conduct a hymn before they went on their missions.  They both learned quickly and were great students. They will be incredible missionaries. We love them all so much and will miss their endearing personalities. Our loss is South Africa's gain!

An evening with Elias Mwingira, John Komba, and Romanus Gidemi.

Three handsome boys, soon to be men.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Life in Dar es Salaam and a Little History Lesson

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and is located on the east coast of Africa on the Indian Ocean. The name Tanzania is a combination of two names..."Tan" from Tanganyika (the former country) and "zan" from Zanzibar (the island nation off the coast of Tanganyika).  On April 26, 1964, the two nations merged into the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The name was changed to Tanzania six months later.  The people here are beautiful and friendly and we enjoy living among them everyday. Even though they are a third world country the people are bright and hardworking and desire to become a first world nation. Education is the key and we are so excited for the first PEF "Planning for Success" class to start next week. More on that later. We wanted to show you some pictures of what we see on our streets each day.
The women can carry amazing things on their heads.
Beautiful smiles!
We pass by this junction everyday. It's called Ubungo Junction.
How could we refuse to buy a drink from such a happy guy?
This guy is selling water and soda as we are stopped at Ubungo Junction.

Our new Ubungo District: Elders Nyazungu, Mulondo, Jimu and Mpahlele on the street where they live.       
Our newbies Elder Mulondo, from Uganda and Elder Mpahlele, from Port Elizabeth South Africa. 


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