Tanzania is quite a bit different from Kenya. The government is more socialistic. All property is owned by the government and there is a much more visible and stern police presence. The people are affected by this and tend to be more suspicious than open. The ones we personally spent time with however were very open and welcoming.
The terrain was a bit mountainous with huge boulders that reminded me of areas in the US. We drove along the border of the Serengeti and even passed the entrance of the National Park. the plains were dotted with picturesque, thorny acacia trees. We saw a few wildebeestes and babboons. The police will fine you if they see you taking pictures. They want people to pay to enter the parks for photos.
Michael had a very bad headache that had been progressing throughout the day. It made of us think of the trip almost exactly a year ago. Michael's illness had begun with a horrible headache that grew progressively worse. We prayed for the Lord to give Him a touch and rebuke the enemy that was trying to hinder the Gospel being brought to this area in Tanzania.
The African saints greet their worship with joy and enthusiasm. There is often much clapping and foot stomping and sometimes even a simple footstep in group singing that helps keep time.
After service, we were taken back into the interior room and a meal was served. The beans and rice tasted very filling after crackers, beef jerky and bottled water in the taxi. A woman came into the room and bowed low before pouring warm water over our hands into a basin to wash. After the meal we were taken by taxi to the guest house where we would stay.
Curiously, when the matron saw me she returned and told us that we should stay in the guest rooms across the road because this area was used as a disco in the evenings and would not be suitable. Michael didn't know that they had placed him in a house of ill repute last year! We were thankful to have been moved because the loud beat and noise continued long into the night. The rooms had mosquitoes flying around in them so we sent to town for some mosquito spray and fogged both our and Bro. Peter's room.
We were very weary and spent the evening preparing our hearts and minds for the meetings of the following day.