Saturday, March 22, 2014

Some fun memories

The vehicle we have all liked the most is the Land Cruiser we owned while in Tanzania. Even the kids would agree.

We bought it from missionaries and sold to another missionary. We have did lot with this vehicle:
We took a newborn and mother home from the hospital, 
got medical help for a Tanzanian employee at the office, 
went to scripture dedications,

Took it on many long trips,
It had lots of power to get us over the big hills 

Had fun off roading

Went on a safari with Lisa...

...and got a flat tire

we got bogged
Thanks Ronit, for hoping this would happen. Glad we could help you check that off your bucket list.
it helped us get in and out of our road which was quite a challenge at times

It was waiting for us when we got to Tanzania in Sept. 2011, 5 days later we went on our first all day road trip to language school. We drove it across the country, drove it to the Kenyan coast twice, we hit a gazelle with it, got hung up on a stump and the list goes on. We had fun times in the truck and some not so fun times but it served us well and was fun to drive. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Friends, Warm weather and fun

I know it has been an extremely long time since I did a blog post. But I hope to do posts more often but don't hold your breath. :)

We spent the last week and half in Orlando at the Wycliffe USA headquarters. We went to attend a re-entry program as well some extra time for fun and friends.

The first two days were spent with Keith's parents swimming and at Legoland.

Luke and Keith's mom
Nikki and Keith's dad

Luke, Max and Nikki at Legoland
The best part of our trip to Florida was seeing friends from Tanzania.
Nikki, Ronit and Luke
Ronit was in Musoma with us.
One of the group activities we did last week was visit Gatorland.
Luke holding an alligator
We also got to spend some time in Downtown Disney with Ronit.
Nikki has taken her picture with this Cinderella
each of the 3 times we have gone to Downtown Disney
We enjoyed getting to see many friends that we have gotten to know over the last 3 years.
We visited the school the kids will attend next school year and we started looking at houses.
It was a very busy but good 9 days in Orlando. We already miss the warm weather. One thing we will really like about living in Orlando is seeing missionary friends from Tanzania and other places that will be passing through Wycliffe.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Keith's Dad and Luke climbing rocks by Lake Victoria

What does it take to get clean water here in Musoma, Tanzania?

First, where does our water come from?

The water comes from Lake Victoria. So, unlike many parts of Tanzania which don’t have easy access to water, we have lots of water.
Picture from friend, during rainy season here
You have lots of water- So what’s the problem?

It’s not clean!

Not only can’t we drink the water from the lake, it’s not safe to touch it! This is because there is bacteria in the lake that can make us very sick. It is worse close to the edge of the lake because it is carried by snails. If the water sits (in a container) for 3 days, then this bacteria will die and the water is safe to handle, but not to drink. We could also get things like Typhoid or ameba from drinking unfiltered water.

We need to have filtered water for drinking and brushing teeth. We also need to be careful when we take showers, because if we get any water in our mouth, it could make us sick. This can be a challenge for children to understand and be careful of.

The town of Musoma pumps water out of the lake and it is piped into our homes.
So, there are two issues with the water.

Whole house water filter with string filter
  1. The dirt in the water.
  2. Health risks in the water. The waters of Lake Victoria have bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other pollutants. We used to buy fresh fish from neighbors, until we found out they used poison to 'catch' their fish.  

We use a variety of methods to deal with dirt. First we use ‘whole house’ filters which are directly in the water lines. This helps reduce the dirt, but not by much. I usually use string filters. I have tried higher end filters, but the water was so dirty it clogged them within a day. I can’t afford to put in a new high end filter every day!

For general water use, washing hands, showers, washing floors, we just know the water is already dirty. During the raining season the water is really dirty. This is because the storms stir up the dirt in the lake. See the picture of water being run into a bath tub. It’s not usually this bad, but this is what we are trying to clean up!

First we run the water through a sand filter.

Sand filter, dirty water in top, drains into bucket

Next we run that water through a ceramic filter, such as a Katadyn filter system. There are various other options (such as Tulip Filters from India, and Iodine filters).

3 Ceremic filters
Katadyn ceremic filter, dirty water in top

After that the drinking water is stored in used water bottles (which are only cleaned with filtered water). We have to make sure that we have a good supply on hand at all times. If you have company over, you can go through a lot of drinking water quickly. This water also needs to be used for brushing teeth. We also always try to have 4-5 bottles in the refrigerator.

 So- If you live in a part of the world where you can safely brush your teeth or drink water directly from the faucet, Don’t take it for granted!

stock pile of water in water bottles

More info on the filters:
This is what the inside of the sand filter looks like.
For more info on sand filters, just Google sand filters in Africa. Here is one sample site.

Katadyn Water Drip Filters

Tulip Water Filters around $15, but would need to have 3 to be similar to Katadyn)

There are also some filter units that use iodine to help purify the water.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Grandma and Grandpa Yoder's visit

Here are some pictures from our time with my parents. We loved having both parents come visit so we could show them our little corner of the world.
Out for a walk
We found 3 chameleons in one day
This one we found in a parking lot and brought it home
enjoying the view from our lodge in the Serengeti Park
For those that know mom know she was not happy about having to do this.
We had to cross the river to get to our lodge. The water was too high to drive through so we had to use the bridge.
Our safari truck and tour guide.
Roasting Marshmallows!!
Dad talking to Peter
At James' home
Luke pushing kids on the swing. The last two on the right are James' children.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bitikofer Grandparents visit

Finally have the cooperation of my computer, the internet and time to put together some pictures of our visit with Keith's parents.

Doing some hiking

Supper at Peter's home
Phares praying for the offering
Talking with Waynse after church
Waynse is one of the translators
Showing the kids the pictures he just took of them

We were able to get away and do some swimming

We loved our time with them and showing them our life in Musoma.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nikki's trip to the village

Last week Nikki went with several other people from the office to deliver school supplies and uniforms to a kendergarden aged class. She had a wonderful time.

Below are her comments and memories from that day:

One of the first classes that is learning to read and write in Jita. (the local language)

No desk or chair in the front of the class for the teacher

Only a few benches, not enough for all the kids

Delivered uniforms, shoes and school supplies

The ladies received help to carry their things but not Nikki's

Kids were a little scared of them

They talked in Jita not Swahili

Lizard fell from the roof while the items were being presented

it was a 2 hour drive to the school
Showing off their new uniforms

Magesa, Kim, Ronit, Tirzah and Nikki

The class greeted them in unison

On the way home they passed a wedding and there was a cow being butchered. The head was cut off and it was skinned and gutted.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Simbiti Scripture Dedication

all dressed up and ready to go
Sorry it took me so long to post about the simbiti dedication. On November 2 we attended the dedication of the books of Jonah and Luke in the Simbiti language. It was the first 2 books in their heart language. There are now books of the Bible in all languages getting scripture translations at our office.
Clash  of two worlds but he was loving the music

It was a dreary rainy morning and a little cool. It was great that it wasn’t so hot but would have been nice to have sunny weather and have the dedication service outside.
Thhe things on the guys legs is an instrument. It sounded like there was rice inside

It all started with dancing outside the church. It was so much fun watching them dance and play their traditional instruments.
One of two choirs, they love color

We then moved inside the church for the 3 hour dedication service with lots of singing and dancing. The kids did great during the service. Because the church was also the school, there were lots of kids in attendance as well.
rejoicing over receiving Luke and Jonah in their language

It was an honor to be a part of this dedication.
Selling books
Reading scripture in their heart language for the first time
The translation team
One of the traslators bought books for these two boys