About forty of the orphans from Mission to Homeless Children arrived at 5:15AM yesterday morning at our hotel so we could join them on a bus trip to Mukeni Game Park. We left before sunrise because the best time to see the animals is in the morning. The kids were sleepy, but excited, for the rare treat they were about to enjoy.
We were not disappointed. Even before we arrived at the gate to the park, we had stopped to watch tembos (elephants) and twigas (giraffes) that were no more than a stone’s throw away. The giraffes always appear to be in perpetual slow motion, especially when they run.
Inside the park, we saw thousands of impalas, as well as warthogs, cape buffalo, monkeys, hippos, crocs, strange big birds, and other animals for which I have no name. (We did not see any Tasmanian Devils, as they live in Tasmania, not Tanzania.) The highlight was seeing several lions resting right along a park road.
In the afternoon, Becky and I hung out with the children at their current facility. They don’t know what a video game is, but they have tons of fun playing soccer, monkey in the middle, and jumping rope.
In the evening we had dinner with Barnabas Mtokambali, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God for Tanzania. Barnabas is a friend who has helped me in the past with the printing and distribution of thousands of copies of the Swahili translation of The Disciple-Making Minister to AOG pastors all over Tanzania. He is a good man, and the AOG, among many other groups, is doing a good work planting churches and building the kingdom here, one of Africa’s poorest nations.
That was yesterday. Today was our first day of “rest.” This morning we visited Mission to Homeless Children’s new building again in order to take advantage of early morning lighting for some filming. We spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon catching up on email, which brings you up to date. Later this afternoon we’re driving back to Dar es Salaam to catch our evening flight to Nairobi, and then catching another flight to Burundi with a stop in Rwanda. We’re scheduled to arrive in Burundi around 2AM tomorrow morning if everything goes well… David