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9/9/12: the search for a church and a walk

At the suggestion of some contacts through the UK (thank you, Wendy and John!) went to Ocean International Church which meets in  cinema in Mwenge.  Pastor is an American Assemblies of God minister.  Jolly interesting learning about the continent from that perspective, met some jolly interesting people.

This was the early service, so decided to walk back (I took a taxi there).  As I walked it occurred to me it was still only just after 1000, so listened and looked out for a more African service going on.  Most delighted to come across the Bethel Fellowship on Coca Cola Road (no, I'm not making this up, check it out on Google maps) to discover the sermon was being preached in Swahili and translated into English.  As things progressed I realised that I couldn't understand either language.  At first I thought I wasn't listening carefully enough, until I discovered afterwards that proceedings were being translated in Mhariq (spelling?) the language of Ethiopia, corresponding to migrant workers who worship there.  Perhaps the most striking thing was the - sort-of - AGM which followed straight on from the service, fortunately the PowerPoint was in English!  So lovely to hear the work that was going on in evangelism, sponsoring children to go to school, maintaining the building, with a concern which I have heard before about the lack of Bible teachers.  Several cards exchanged, don't think it's the church I'll attach to but may well be back for other reasons!

Two particular points of interest.  A big feature of Dar Es Salaam life is the bijaji:

which is a 3 wheeled taxi with two seats in the back.  Haven't worked out if they have a reverse gear, think the answer is no!  Haven't yet been in one, looking forward to that, have the 'phone number for a reliable driver, colleagues are wonderful people!

Also, I'm not sure it's obvious what this next picture is:

A very common feature of Dar Es Salaam roads are on-street garden centres which often stretch over considerable distances, by no means obvious who you're supposed to pay if you want anything.

Thank you for reading, I'll be back soon!

4 Comments to 9/9/12: the search for a church and a walk:

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Cyril and Chris on 10 September 2012 14:44
Just realised why our message from yesterday wasn't posted - hadn't given email address. Sounds as if you had a very interesting Sunday. The Ethiopic language is Amharic, a Semetic language closely related to Arabic and Hebrew
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Geoff on 15 September 2012 11:01
Thank you for the spelling of Amharic, though I hadn't got it right. Yes, it was interesting, real sense of engaging with people in the community which I really enjoyed.

David M on 15 September 2012 09:00
Hi Geoff, I'm glad to see that you arrived safely and are blogging again. I look forward to seeing some pictures of the unusual signs you come across! I hope that your search for a church progresses well tomorrow. Best wishes, David.
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Geoff on 15 September 2012 11:04
Hi David, thank you for getting in touch! Curiously, my initial impression is that I'll not be taking pictures of signs in the same way here as I was in Jamaica and other places. Mostly they're in Swahili for one thing, and even when they are in English, there isn't the same humour, sometimes unintended. But I'll keep a look out! Going to the cathedral tomorrow, will let you know how it goes! With thanks once again, Geoff

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