Last day, and an amazing welcome at the church in Airport.
Richard, Amber and Dr Frank drove us up so we were able to enjoy another service. Ashley and I, through curiosity, made use of the decibel meters on our mobile phones, and registered an average of about 80dB – about as loud as a food blender in full whizz. Mine peaks out at 96dB, and the sound levels were reaching and possibly even exceeding those levels. Even as I sit here writing this evening, my ears still have a slight ring to them.
The choirs were the wonderful experience we’ve come to expect, marked this time by a few songs sung live and one in which Ashley demonstrated his remarkable dancing ability to everyone.
At one point, the team were all invited to say some parting words, some short, some long, then Sharon added to what seemed to be a common theme, with Nancy translating, and spoke on seeking God, waiting on God, getting God. It’s given me focus for the days (possibly weeks or months) to come.
After the service we had a few late interviews (about fifteen) and what passes for a Sunday roast here (at least there were roast potatoes to go with the rice, pasta, peas, tomatoes and avocado).
The afternoon ended up splitting into a mixture of different tasks. Sharon and Mark had a meeting with SIL (Bible Translator organisation based in Mbeya), Janet went off to market to buy some nappies for a child with a perforated bowel, John and Dr Frank went off in search of batteries for Gertrude’s hearing aid (see yesterday’s blog), various last minute dress alterations were collected. Packing was done, then everyone met for a last meal together before bed.
Early start tomorrow so we can get to Mbeya airport for the short flight to Dar. Probably no time to write anything to add to this before we arrive home, so see you all soon.