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Oh happy day!!
excited for ike and vinci!
Warming up for #traylix
no expectations. we went because it is why people travel to tanzania. it’s also very expensive! so we camped during our four days/three nights. the sweet part was that we had a driver and cook that did all the setup for us.
we saw the big five, barely. lots of lions, elephants, buffalos, two leopards and two rhinos that were the size of a fly when looking through binoculars. but still got to see the five. we saw tons more animals and the whole trip was just awesome.
our guide and cook were amazing. knowledgeable and friendly. great cook and there was never a shortage in food.
it started about four years ago. christina and i just got married. my brother and his family decided they were going to tanzania for missions. and we stumbled on compassion canada. we saw the urgent tab on their website and was drawn to that. also tanzania was on our hearts now and debora’s picture was there. four years later, we had the privilege of meeting her and her family.
God has been watching over this whole process and we didn’t make it particularly easy either. we actually didn’t plan around going to visit debora at first. i had left an open day in arusha after our safari thinking we can go to the base of kilimanjaro and our flight was booked for early evening. so we only had one day to see her. compassion canada also wants 8 weeks notice to see your sponsor child, we gave them 5. but everything went so smoothly with them and getting it all set up was easy.
our day started out with visiting the chapter she was part of. compassion canada has a head office in arusha with multiple chapters around it. debora was part of a chapter that had 230 kids. there were 5 workers at this particular chapter. they are the people on the ground that work directly with the kids. visits to their homes, setting up these visits with sponsors, finances and other logistics. all the kids also meet up every saturday from 7am-2pm. these workers are there with them for bible studies, lessons on hygiene and diseases in the area and writing to their sponsors. after visiting the chapter, we went to go see debora.
she was smiling and timid. we were joyful and anxious.
her parents and 2 younger siblings were also waiting for us at home. they live in a house that is approximately 10’ x 15’. a thin sheet split the room in half. beds on one side. chairs on the other side. concrete walls. tin roof. thin sheet for the front door. it was minimal. we sat down to talk and find out more about the entire family. this is where i observed all the plastic tubs on one side of the wall. they stored water cause it wasn’t always readily available. beside me was a propane tank and burner for cooking. my heart was slowly breaking being there with them.
it was so sweet when debora pulled out all the letters and pictures we have sent to her over the years. we got to play some games with the kids before heading out to see her school. and also got to see her area a bit more too.
the most touching part of the trip was when we got back to debora’s home, her parents had prepared a gift for us. they clothed us with traditional wraps. they said they don’t have anything to give that would compare to how we support them but this is what they can give. what a lesson that is. a testament to their faith. here we are, thinking we are so noble in what we are doing but they are teaching us a lesson of sacrifice. giving it all. we were floored by the gesture. we then had a time of prayer together.
us in english. they in swahili. the spirit was present.
we almost have nothing in common. live on different continents. speak different languages. not sure how many degrees of separation. but Christ brings us together. His sacrificial love has connected our families. it was a privilege to travel and meet debora. her family was so gracious to us and has taught us a great deal.
pray for debora. spiritual and mental health. we were being told of spiritual warfare on her. pray for her education, to continue to excel. work opportunities for her parents.