Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mission's Water System

The water that comes to the Chimala Mission and the village of Chimala comes from the mountains to become the Chimala River. The photo below was taken in the middle of the dry season. The river water is clear and fast, but it has almost no fish.

Some of the water goes to this pond on the mission site above the Primary and Secondary Schools. Monkeys, baboons and other wild animals can be found here getting their drink.

This pool is also where all the church baptisms were done before the church building was built on the mission site.

The water is channeled from the river via a hand dug canal to the pump for the mission. The length of the canal is about 3/4 to 1 mile in length; it has to be constantly repaired to eliminate leaks. The ground drops 4o feet on one side in some places making it difficult to repair.

When the canal ends at the pump area, it goes into a cement bypass channel or into the pump channel on the right in the next photo.

This photo shows a filter screen before the pump feed line. The hydraulic pump was originally installed by German farmers around the early 1900s. The pump is powered by a branch of the river that turns a turbine to pump the water to all of the mission. The leaves are the only things that really get filtered out.

This is the hydraulic pump down below the canal which was originally dug by the German farmers.

This photo is of a holding tank that is more than 100 years old. It has been used as an emergency supply for the mission during the dry season.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Even though it was winter in Tanzania, there were still flowers blooming!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Igawa Village

The village of Igawa looks like every other small village in Tanzania. The first photos are of houses and businesses. Everywhere there is dirt, and everywhere there is poverty.

The sticks in the following photo are protecting some kind of tree or plant.

Next is the church building, which again, is much like every other small church building in the villages.

One difference in Igawa is that there is a river that flows through it. The river is directly behind the church building, and it is very picturesque.

The river is used for washing clothes and for bathing.

Notice that on the board inside the church building are the names Bill, Chris, and Ron. The church members are very happy to have visitors that will take part in the worship services. Bill had warned Ron and Eddie to be ready to preach at a moment's notice in the village churches, and he was right. Ron preached (with maybe 5 minutes notice) the day we were at Igawa.

First is the song leader.

The communion is ready.

Ron is preaching in English with Menard as the interpreter in Swahili.

Children crowd in at the back and sit on the floor.

After we took the photo above, more and more village children came to get into the photos!

The children enjoyed shaking hands with Ron.

Debbie D. gets lots of attention, too!

The first video is my favorite song in Swahili.

The next video is a short clip of Ron preaching. He did a really good job.