Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We had a group visit - will you be next?

Ever wonder what a visit here might look like? What would you see? What would you do? Who would you meet?

I thought I'd post the schedule from the Grand Rapids Christian High School winterim trip here, so you could get an idea. We have another potential group coming in May from Western Michigan Christian, and we hope that in the summer of 2016 our home church, Plymouth Heights CRC will be sending a group. We love hosting groups, but also individuals as well. This is one of the reasons we picked a house with an extra room. If you've ever considered coming to Africa, we encourage you to come! Send us an email!

GRCHS Winterim Trip
7-January, Wednesday
3:30am            Arrival to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
5:30am            Arrive @ ministry center
9:00am            Karibu Tanzania - expectations/culture/rules
10:30am          HOPAC - tour of school
11:15am          Lunch at snack bar
12:00am          Nuru Center - meeting artisans with disabilities
4:00pm            Young Life Africa ministry center  - Ben & Mary Cook
5:30pm            Dinner @ Dunkers (rice, beans, mchicha, cabbage

8 -January, Thursday
9:00am            Wamama Kahawa - Doug & Lyndi Buckley (pastor & owner of coffee shop)
11:00am          Mbudya Island - boat ride, snorkling, swimming
5:30pm            Dinner with the Dunker & Medina families (training local pastors & church leaders)

9 - January,  Friday
9:00am           Head into City Center - our friend Izzy joins us for the day
10:00am          Hindu Temple Visits
12:00pm          Lunch at Chow Patty Indian restaurant
1:00pm            Textile Markets
6:00pm            Dinner @ ministry center (Ugali, rice, banana, mchuzi)
7:00pm            Lola to size for shirts and skirts made from fabric bought that day

10 - January, Saturday
8:00am            Leave for Green Pastures Orphanage - hear from Pastor Douglas
1:00pm            Ministry Center for lunch
2:00pm            Tingatinga art market and Slipway shopping
5:30pm            Dinner @ Addis in Dar Ethiopian restaurant

11 - January, Sunday
8:15am            Depart for God's Tribe Church          
9:00am            Church
12:00pm          Leave for Mikumi from Mlimani City
 Dinner @ Tan-Swiss Lodge

12 - January, Monday (public holiday - Revolution day)
6:30am            Breakfast at Tan-Swiss
7:00am            Mikumi for Safari - lions, elephants, zebra, cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, croc, etc
3:00pm            Depart Mikumi for Dar
13 - January, Tuesday
9:00am            Wamama Kahawa - plan Bible story for afternoon kids club        
11:30am          Tegeta Market - split into pairs to buy things from the market
12:30pm          Lunch at Steens House
1:30pm            Meet with Shawn Graham (missionary to salasala area)
3:45pm            Salasala kids club (share bible story to 100 kids - 40% muslim)
6:00pm            Dinner @ ministry center with Sheshi & Trudie Kaniki (church planters)

 14 - January, Wednesday
9:00am            Leave for Bagamoyo Town  - Slave Trade History
2:30pm            Return - down time until football
5:30pm            Football at HOPAC
7:30pm            Dinner @ Driesengas with Lucy & Hosea

15 - January, Thursday
9:00am            Sifa Threads - SIFA THREADS
12:50               Benaco school visit w/ Trudie  (government school - read to kids)
3:00pm            White Sands Resort
6:30pm            Dinner @ Dunkers (Chipsi mayai & Mishkaki)
                          Final debrief/pack
11:00pm          Depart for airport

16 - January, Friday
12:00am          Drop off at airport
4:30am            Depart from Dar

As you can see, we kept them very busy, but I think the experience was worth the exhaustion! :)