“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
A time of learning…..
Karibu Tanzania (Welcome to Tanzania)
I started my service in Kenya by going to language school in Tanzania for three weeks to take a beginners Swahili course. My focus for the next two years will be on language and culture. I will admit that I was a little nervous not knowing what to expect. I was in a class of eight and our teachers were very patient with us. As we learned various concepts, the teachers reinforced them by having us play games, spend time talking to native speakers, shopping at the local market, visiting a hospital and other places. That helped me to put what I learned into practice.
The market was such a fun experience. There were what seemed like hundreds of vendors selling the same things and it was exciting bartering for the best prices in Swahili. At the hospital we sat with the doctors and were able to ask the patients questions. I was nervous about my one on one time with a native speaker but we ended up having a good conversation. I was very proud of myself.
We also got to visit a home for street kids “The Watoto Foundation” where we had the opportunity to practice speaking Swahili. We each got to spend time with one of the boys that are living there. Currently there are 57 boys living there and they are able to go to school and learn a skill like cooking, carpentry, welding and electrical work. I spent time with Jackson who is 16 years old. He is from Moshi, Tanzania and likes cooking and carpentry. When he grows up he wants to be a chef. His favorite subjects are English and Math. We had a fun time and I got to speak Swahili.
I am looking forward to my studies. Pray that God will help me to understand it and speak well.