Merry Christmas everyone!
Our last blog post was written before Zephaniah was born on March 13th this year. We have had our hands full since! However now he is a little over 8 months old, crawling and pulling himself up to stand we think it is time that we get back to the blog and keeping you up dated Kanungha household and mission field.
In random order here are some highlights from the last 8 months (since being back in Tanzania)…
In June we got a cat; she is called Scilly and was named by Grace’s Mum because we got her on her birthday. She called her Scilly because she was on the Isle of Scilly at the time! In September Kv got a new sister called Rehema she was so tiny compared to Zeph.
Zephaniah’s favourite activities are bathing and swimming. This is us at the Dodoma Hotel swimming pool.
While we were in the UK awaiting the arrival of Zephaniah we were very busy fundraising to buy a car. This picture dates back to August. Sunday is Daddy Day because Festo is so busy during the week so he looks after Zeph and Zeph helps him with his Daddy tasks. Here you can see them cleaning the car! We were able to buy a Rav 4 and we cannot say well enough just how much of a blessing it is to us to have this car. God spoke to us individually before returning to the UK for the birth of Zephaniah that we should have faith that on our return to Tanzania we would be able to buy a car and drive back to the village in it. We had faith about the size of a mustard seed (not much!) but God was overwhelmingly faithful. Thank you so very much to all of you who made it possible.
In September the Diocese held a weekend get together for all Mothers Union Choirs. The one pictured is from Solya parish which is in the village next to ours and the church we attend if we are not worshipping with the students at school. It was an excellent event and really unifying for the diocese. The Bishop was just about to go on his sabbatical and gave an excellent sermon on the Sunday morning in preparation for his yearlong absence.
We have celebrated three graduations this year; Kilimatinde Primary school was the first; we went to cheer on one of Kv’s relatives called Moody (short for Mohamed) as well as Mariam who is a young person who we are supporting through education because of her very challenging family and financial circumstances…
Moody (Right) with his Mum and Sister and Kv on the left.
Mariam and her Mum
Two of our Nieces and one Nephew also graduated from St. John’s this year this family picture was taken at the ‘Rock’ after the ceremony.
AND…. St. John’s bible school also celebrated a graduation
We have had a couple of trips to Lamaiti over the last couple of months and Festo’s Mum came to visit us in Kilimatinde.
We have had a busy few months with school, in October and November students completed the national exams for forms 2 and 4 the results of which should be out in the New Year. We hosted a Diocesan seminar for a week in September. We have received three new white people at the school; Elsbeth Priestley and Bethan Taylor who are with us for 6 months on their gap year and have already started an extracurricular programme with the students including sport, craft, drama, choir and cookery! With Stephen Hatch a Maths and Physics teacher who in the 6 weeks he has been here has sorted out our laboratories, gotten a handle on the teaching system here and is currently digitalising our school timetable.
And much more…
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!