Back from Africa

 We have recently returned from 5 months in Tanzania in East Africa. We were teaching at a seminary there. We had a wonderful time and grew to love our students very much. We often went into the villages and there met groups of women called Uwaki. These women danced and drummed and sang at every worship service. They also met to discuss the issues of the village. They are a powerful force in the country. We met a woman who was 110 years old. We were invited to weddings, wakes, and various celebrations.It was such a privilege to be , with people there, especially with globalization, one never knows how long these ways will last.. People are very poor in Tanzania having to walk or bike miles to get small amounts of drinkable waterand being dependent on the rainfall to eat.  My wish is that poverty could be addressed while keeping the old ways that have so much to teach us. I miss Africa already.

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