Day 3 – We worked
As this is Africa (TIA) we are quite used to things not going to plan – so the latest version of our itinerary went out the window today. As many folks know when one door closes another will open, and so it was today. Our planned visit to the TAWREF office for a presentation at the start of the day was shelved due to a holiday. Hakuna Matata – no worries.
After a wee Tai Chi lesson with Robin we headed out to the place we were to work for the day. The work site was about a 40 minute drive from Moshi, in an area which was off the beaten track. It was surprisingly green with bananas, coffee and avocados among some of the things being grown.
We had come to help a family of 9 children who had lost both parents to HIV/AIDS. They lived in a very dark house made from mud and sticks. Their grandmother Bibi Edita lived close by and did her best to look after them. TAWREF had decided that the children would benefit from having anew house to live in. A previous Vine Trust team had started the building work, so our tasks for today were to move a mountain of sand down the hill next to the new house, and likewise a pile of bricks. The team and Elly (our VT Tanzanian rep) and our car drivers all got stuck into the task while some of the local children looked on, amused at our antics.
The team worked well throughout the day, encouraging and supporting each other as they went. The work rate did decrease a bit as the day went on – and I’m sure there will be a number of tired and aching bodies tomorrow. Eventually we stopped, carried out some stretching exercises and climbed into the comfortable seats of our cars. Hot showers and a rest beckoned before we got together as a whole team (Mary had arrived from the UK to complete the team) for team photos in our new team T-shirts.
Devotions followed later and carried on the theme of looking at Teamwork in the Bible. Today we focused on 1 Kings 5, the story of Solomon building a temple to the glory of God, with the help of Hiram, one a former enemy. We were able to draw a parallel (with the exception of the enemy part) with the work we as Vine Trust volunteers are doing with local partners. We can glorify God in the work we are doing and we can demonstrate compassion and love to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
We have learned a lot about ourselves, each other and the people we have met throughout this day and we thank God for this tremendous opportunity.
- We want to give thanks for the way this team is working together – although 6 of us knew each other well, there have been no problems with everyone just ‘getting on’. Pray that this would continue.
- Some of the ‘first timers’ to Tanzania have been shocked by the conditions many of the families live in here – pray that, rather than upset them too much, this would have the positive effect of spurring them on to do more work so that they can help to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in this country.
- Please pray for continued health and safety of the team – a few have pre-trip aches and pains which may be exacerbated by the work we are doing.
- Give thanks that we are aware that our Heavenly Father has gone before us into every situation. Pray that we would not lose this focus as the days go on.
Thank you for being the ’12th man’ in our team.