I've been away from internet connection the past few days and this one's not so hot. So I'll forego the writing and just zap up a few pictures for now. On to Dar es Salaam tomorrow morning!
Flying from Jo'burg to Umtata. Well, we didn't make it. Umtata was fogged in, so they diverted us to East London, where were were loaded onto a van and driven (at break-neck speed) through fog and winding roads to Umtata. I'm glad I couldn't see what was going on. It was a harrowing 2-hour adventure, though it makes for a good story now!
Jenny McConnechie in the bread kitchen in one of the poor areas of Umtata (there are so many). Jenny, a nurse, runs a clinic at the project. My co-hort David and I spent the morning making "pill packets" with vitamins and other needed medications at the clinic. Jenny and her husband Chris (an orthopedic surgeon) have been missionaries in Umtata for over 30 years. In November, both Chris and Jenny were awarded OBEs by Prince Charles. They are British citizens but Episcopal missionaries.
See these happy little faces? These are all AIDs orphans at an after-school project in Ilingi, about 150 miles from Umtata.
And here is the AIDS cemetery in Ilingi (lest you believe that AIDS has been cured). New graves were being prepared when we were there.
A beautiful, peaceful place. An Anglican retreat center where we spent last night. Stunning!