Another full day! Devotions at 6:45 then breakfast and on our way to the school and clinic by 8:15. Today I went with Kathie and Yvonne to the clinic (which is walking distance from the school). First Dr. Chilowaka showed us around the clinic so we could see all the changes and improvements that have been made over the last year. Then we went to the women's clinic where I helped weigh babies and administer vitamin A drops, and Kathie and Yvonne helped give immunizations like polio and DPT. The babies are weighed in a sling that hangs on the scale - quite a sight to see. The sweet discovery was that babies in any language or culture love peek-a-boo and shots are universally NOT fun!! It's fascinating to watch the mother's put their babies on their backs and then tie them on with big scarves, blankets or clothes. Beautiful fabrics -- and snuggled up babies riding safe on their mom's back. A smile from one mother to another also goes a long way!
As we walked through the school yard today the children (especially standard 1A and 1C kids) would imitate the motions to the songs we taught yesterday. The 'peel the banana' song was particularly popular - they would do the motions from yesterday and giggle and giggle. We had so many kids running up to us to grab our hands or hug us around the legs! Anne and the teenagers helped with PE classes all day, playing games with the children and working on skills with balls and practicing physical fitness exercises. And Bill spent his day helping set up a QuickBooks program for the school to use in tracking the school fees they receive from the nearly 800 students at the school. Once it is fully implemented, hopefully it will make it easier for the finance person to track the payments made for each student.
It is truly a blessing to come and just help - wherever needed. Pray that we are a blessing to others, always mindful of the cultural differences and respectful of those we are here to serve. Thank you for your prayers! --Kyle
This blog has been created to keep you up-to-date on all of the things God is doing through the team He has sent to Tanzania from St. Luke's Church, Hilton Head Island, SC. Sometimes it is difficult for the team to send information to us due to limited access to the Internet. Be assured that all of the latest news will be posted as soon as it is received. We ask that you please keep this mission team in your prayers and be sure to post your comments of encouragement when you feel led.