2014 in Mwanza
So, it has been a very long time since I posted on our blog but today I feel compelled to write something! I apologise for our lack of posts, I’ve just realised that this is the first in 2014!
We had a lovely break over the Christmas period, travelling to Kenya visiting Nairobi, the Rift Valley and also attending a conference for christian workers in East Africa.
It was a lovely, relaxing trip (aside from Rob’s tooth ache!), we got to see some amazing wildlife and scenery, spend some time with our special friends, go shopping in an actual shopping centre, eat ‘real’ Italian food and meet some inspirational people working in this area of the world.
Life in Mwanza continues to be busy for both of us…
Rob is very busy preparing for taking the team to Rio for the Street Child World Cup! 10 street boys plus some support staff leave Tanzania on 27th March to fly over the Atlantic. Most of these boys have never left Mwanza, let alone Tanzania so it is a huge, amazing experience for them all. Please follow their progress while they are there: http://streetchildworldcup.org.
The last few weeks have been busy for Rob getting birth certificates, passports and visas for all of those travelling as well as preparing them for their time away and especially including football training and art workshops. Aside from organising this Rob has continued to run street sessions (street skillz) across Mwanza for children living on the streets. This work is vital for keeping in contact with the street boys, being a point of contact for them if they need help (a few weeks ago a young boy attended a session having just had a glass bottle smashed over his head, thankfully because he attended the sessions he knew where to go for help and they were able to take him to the hospital). For more information of the project visit http://tscacademy.org/
Alongside all of this busyness the project also received a large group of visitors from BT Sports who support the project, it was great to show them where the money goes and how they are impacting lives here. http://sport.bt.com/the-supporters-club-01363834138410
So maybe I am not quite a busy as Rob! But my work continues in school as a teacher and head of 6th form. Things are never quiet at school, there is always something going on – a recycled fashion show on Friday night, international day next friday and a talent show the following week! The school continues to grow and I still love my job and the students that I work with.
Recently we have both felt blessed by our ‘family’ here in Mwanza, even though we dearly miss our family and friends at home God has given us some amazing friends here. We meet with a group of ex-pats every Sunday for lunch, fellowship, bible study and prayer. Recently one of our friends was seriously ill and air-lifted to Nairobi for emergency treatment, God performed an amazing miracle healing him and they arrived back in Mwanza yesterday. During some of the time when they were away we lived at their house and cared for their 4 young girls, this was definitely a steep learning curve for us, but the girls were amazing and we were just so touched by how amazing our friends are here, all stepping out to help.
At the beginning of this year we were unsure of what was next in store for us, we looked at leaving Mwanza, looking for jobs in other places, but after a while of feeling uncertain we decided that our time here is not yet up! So we are staying another year, and then we shall see what God has in store for us after then.
We have just booked flights back to the UK for the July and part of August and are really excited about seeing everyone again!
Life here is not always the easiest, there are many trials along the way, we appreciate your prayers for us, three verses from Lamentations 3 keep coming back to me:
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”