This post by Steve and Ruth Lancaster was originally published at Life in the Lancs Lane
It seems more than five weeks ago that we packed up our stuff and headed back here to Tanzania. I’d been given the all-clear by the surgeon and was able to return with a new nose! The operation went well and my sinuses were well and truly scrubbed up and scraped out! As we touched down in Dar another delight awaited us! In fact, we wondered whether we’d arrived in the right country! We left Dar back in March from a rather grotty airport and arrived back at a brand new terminal building! And this time, it was great to see all our luggage trundling around the gleaming new carousel! It was also a bit of a surprise to have no issues at Immigration, so the system obviously acknowledged the recent renewal of our permits.
As forecast in the last newsletter, the cars were indeed a lengthy job! Peeling back the tarpaulins revealed that the insides of the cars were covered in a thick layer of mould! In an effort to protect the outside of the cars, the insides had certainly suffered, so much so that we had to take the seats out to give them a thorough cleansing! Rotting fuel (?!) also added to a fuel-filter issue and, although the engine compartments hadn’t become a nesting place for termites, rats or snakes, we did find a couple of rather large spiders hiding in there, one of which is still lurking somewhere amongst the spark plugs! Thankfully, the house was in good condition and it didn’t take us long to get settled in.
On our return to Sanga Sanga, it was good to see the conference hall being used for a pastors’ conference and to hear that all but one scheduled seminar had taken place during the year. It was also encouraging to see the AIC using the facilities for a children’s camp. Thanks to our sending church, Corsham Baptist, it was great to see a new accommodation block rising out of the bush! And, as a tree lover, it was fantastic to see that the team had been busy planting lots of trees and shrubs around the site.
- We’re thanking God for a safe return and for the fact that we’re fully supported.
- Please pray for Steve as he begins his teaching preparation for the seminars in 2020.
- Pray for Ruth as she wades through the accounts, checking and correcting.
- Please pray for an accountant to be employed at Sanga, sooner rather than later!
- Please pray for Steve and his health. Whilst the sinus operation was very much needed, it has now become obvious that the sinuses weren’t the real cause of headaches and dizziness. They still exist, along with the insomnia. The sleep tank is pretty empty!