A very warm welcome to my Mum and Dad, who arrived safely if slightly worn out at the airport on Thursday morning. I've been keeping them busy since - quick stop at the flat, lunch, then to a meeting of the Christian Fellowship at the University, very touched how much the students wished to meet them. On Friday they went shopping with my house keeper Hellen ably assisted by their driver for the day Julius, available by kind permission of a colleague. And then to a meeting of the pastorate at the Pentecostal Church before back here. And then yesterday (Saturday), as mentioned last week, a variety of people called round over an extended lunchtime which was wonderful. And some great singing, thank you Diane!
This morning we went off to the Pentecostal Church to a very warm welcome. And then it started to rain - and rain and rain. The sound system was jacked up to maximum in order that we could hear above the thundering on the roof - which of course then caused feedback. Then there was a powercut briefly so people shouted so be heard, although at least the fans went off. I was reflecting that if it was going to rain so hard, during a church service was quite a good time for it, rather than when we're out and about walking, hope that doesn't sound unduly unspiritual.
Then the time came to leave. We walked towards my car to discover that it was just about possible to get to the driver's side without getting drenched underfoot but the puddles the other side were 2 or 3 inches deep. Further in the car park a car was actually partially submerged, difficult to believe it could be driven away without being dried out thoroughly. Meanwhile everybody was trying to leave at the same time, I had to reverse temporarilly into a flooded section which meant that I was reluctant to move until my exit was clear. This meant that we had to wait literally 1/2 hour from leaving the building until we could finally go.
So, Mum and Dad, welcome to Dar Es Salaam! Hopefully that heavy down pour is it for the moment. Will be back soon with some pictures of the trips we've got planned.