We flew through time, and after a 13-hour flight on Ethiopian airlines, reached Sunday 8 hours before our people back home. When we exited the airport in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, a pressing heat wave hit us. Two taxi drivers loaded our 14 totes, numerous suitcases and backpacks into two vans. Our taxi driver, a tall thin Tanzanian man, sat behind the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the vehicle.
I guess in Tanzania the invisible traffic light always shines green. With a sharp horn alert, he moved into a seemingly too-small opening in the stream of traffic and expertly drove us the ten minutes to our guest house, clicking his tongue at vehicles, pikipikis (motorcycles) and pedestrians who passed inches from the van window.
Here we met up with our dear missionary friend, Trudy! It was so good to see her again!!
We were transported in a land rover to the home of Tim and Sheryl Zeiset of Harmony International Missions. (Trudy and Tim & Sheryl will be characters in the third book in The Fehr Family Series.)
A hearty lunch of rice, beans, and bananas and warm fellowship welcomed us. Mbeya’s higher altitude affords cooler air, bright sunshine, lots of greenery and flowers, and picturesque mountains in the distance.
This is where the village missionaries come for rest times. And no wonder, with the warm hospitality and refreshing atmosphere, it felt like we were at the Porter’s house in Pilgrim’s Progress, for surely “This house was built by the Lord of the hill, and He built it for the relief and security of pilgrims.”
Trudy needed medical supplies for the Ivuna clinic. We took the shortcut to town–up a hilly path, past growing bean plants and banana and avocado trees. We had left a dismal, overcast Canada so all the green and sunshine was invigorating.
In the evening Trudy took us to a coffee shop. We had brought our umbrellas, and sure enough, a blessed rain fell while walking back. Suddenly a Tanzanian man joined Agatha and me under our umbrella. He chattered on and on in Swahili. Trudy, who was ahead of us under her umbrella, commented briefly. Finally he disappeared into the darkness. I asked Trudy what he’d said. “Oh, he was just telling us about his day,” she replied.
…we are all called to be part of God’s team in sharing the good gift of the gospel. Jesus gave all of us the green light, the go-ahead, the “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel.”
We don’t wait for perfect—not in ourselves and not in others. We pray, we give, we speak, we teach, we encourage. We GO!
We stayed in Mbeya another day, resting, shopping and visiting. The next day we were heading to the village of Ivuna, so we packed up and were ready to GO!
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15