There is the call from God. Then there was the other call. Cindy and I already agreed to go to Tanzania, but it was a place a few hours from Dar es Salam. Larry Pumpelly’s call to Kigoma stretched us. Three-days-out with six children.
When the Holy Spirit calls you, please answer.
The bats in Kigoma were dogs with wings. Every year hundreds of the bats roosted in our coconut trees. From this science lesson I learned bats don’t like early morning wake up calls.
While everyone has worries, the Tanzanians I knew weren’t concerned with computers failing on Y2K. We stayed out from summer 1998 to 2002 without returning to the USA. Pray for missionaries who live away from extended family for years at a time.
My goal from the beginning was to cartoon each of the 122 chapters of my book. While my writing and cartoon style is light humor, I think you can feel my heartbreak of seeing death. I worked on this cartoon for over three weeks to get Death drawn so he seems personable, and the dialogue to convey my sadness. Not many people outside of Kigoma knew of this job. Take time to pray for missionaries as they share the Gospel in difficult situations.
I would like you to comment on this cartoon. Thank you for sharing.
The owner of this restaurant heard tourists like beef and cheese burgers, so he prepared both. I did not get the concept over that a cheese burger has both . He also cooked the American favorite: hot dogs cooked in peanut butter. Pray for missionaries as they minister in different cultures.
When you lived three days out from Nairobi or Dar es Salam, you better know two things about a car: #1 change a tire and #2 put gas/diesel in the back port. I skipped the filling station in Mwanza (see map) and thought I had enough diesel to get to Shinyanga.
Standing by the car looking around, off in the distance we see dust, the sign of a vehicle. Then as it got closer, I saw it was red, then saw it was a Coca Cola truck. Coca Cola trucks use diesel. The two Coca Cola men spoke Swahili which was a blessing since that was one of the two languages that I spoke at the time. Eight liters got us to Shinyanga. When you lived three days out, you needed all the help you could get.