Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and includes three islands – Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. This beautiful country, located south of the Equator is known for its exotic wildlife and flora, as well as rich culture and history. Tanzania is also home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro and home to three of the largest lakes on the continent; Lake Victoria, Lake Nysa and Lake Tanganyika.
Recently, African Blessings Missions Director, Rita Edkins, visited Matipwili, Tanzania with a group of people on an outreach mission- Thato from Centurion, Sydwell from Johannesburg, Sino from Umthatha. Rita detailed her time in Tanzania as follows:
“Tanzania is a very beautiful land! The pineapples are huge, sweet and juicy. Mangoes grow freely as do the bananas and cashew nuts. The grass is lush and green and the trees are majestic. Swahili is the most commonly spoken language and typically, the people make their income from what they sell in the market stalls along the roadside and in the villages.
It was a privilege to be welcomed by the Maasai who love to hear our stories and the Gospel. They were amazed at the fact that we have travelled such a long way to spend time with them and play games with the children. I took soccer and netball balls, colouring-in books and crayons, as well as toiletries for the women. These giants of Tanzania earned my respect. They do not kill animals for the sake of killing and they take good care of their environment. They sell milk form their cattle and buy what they need with the money. The ladies have an amazing skill – they make absolutely beautiful beadwork.
The weather was very humid and it rained heavily during our stay, but that did not stop us from journeying on with our mission to spread love and the Gospel!
Our wonderful trip in pictures:
Arrival at Julius Nyerere Airport in Dar Es Salaam.
Matipwili Village in Tanzania.
We had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Maasai ladies.
We bonded with beautiful little souls, and did some colouring-in and even had fun with a ball game!
Of course, feeding the dogs in the community was a natural thing too!
Spending time with the Maasai people was an incredible privilege. We learnt so much from them about how to respect the land that provides for us. The young Masaai men asked for us to pray together and for a Bible they can read from.
Our restaurant we ate at.
My mode of transport! We did, however, take a tumble into a pool of mud – not fun!
A Maasai lady made me a beautiful beaded bracelet which I will cherish it forever!
Our trip was absolutely amazing, and meeting everyone in Tanzania was a definite highlight.
Images and information supplied by Rita Edkins, Missions Director for African Blessings.