I walked to visit a friend and took a trail through the village. I went to Arusha town yesterday in a crowded dala dala (bus). I ate ugali with my hands (very similar to Tchadian buile). Today I washed my clothes by hand outside, I drew water from the well and I talked to a neighbor kid in English while he talked to me in Kiswahili.
All these things are special. The funny thing is they make me miss home. You might be thinking my American home with my family and friends that I grew up with, worked with, and went on adventures with. That, however, is not who I was missing the most. I am missing my Tchadian family, mi famil. Because it was those wonderful people who taught me how to be an African, they taught me to draw water from a well, bathe from a bucket, eat with my hands and so many other things that I need to know how to do here. I only wish I was there with them. Then I wouldn't have to learn a new language, adapt to new customs, and I could dance and play with them.
The great part is what they have taught me makes me a better person, a better worker here in Tanzania with starting this orphanage. Since I'm supposed to be making friends with the community knowing how to do things and not being afraid of doing them is a plus. Sure I need to learn Swahili (Tanya, that's the official language here :), and learn to make ugali. But I know how to learn. I know how to learn those things, I've got experience. I enjoyed my family in Tchad and will enjoy my new family here (as soon as the kids come! Until then I have my friend Mary and the neighborhood), I will enjoy struggling to remember words because I can remember what it was like for me the when I was in Tchad and how eventually the struggle goes away and the words flow.
So you see,
God is good.
For three days when Abraham was walking Isaac to the mountain to sacrifice him to God he thought about all that God had done for him in the past, all that God had done for his fore-fathers. How God never abandoned them or asked something of them that they could not do. He remembered God could be trusted to keep His promises. And like him, I too am remembering what God has done for me in the past. There is no need to worry, be afraid or doubt. I'm not, so you don't either.