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Christian Missionary Fellowship
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Private Bag
Morogoro, Tanzania
Africa

September, 1986
"But why cue yon buAMUng youJi hoiuz cUZ tkz way octt kzAo, i.n

po>u.Mt,"

{bush, middle of nowhere, etc.), the puzzled Baraguyu woman asked me again.
"It -iA -60 jjoA {^A,om watzA

cu uozZZ a4 a good A.o<xd,"

I smiled to myself as I shifted to find a more comfortable seat on the gnarled


log, set against the metal shipping container that will one day be a
combination office and guest room. I felt like answering, "How mack turn do
you. kavt,,,?"

The first time I gave Tanzania a second thought was when Doug was down here

for a month's survey to 'see the lay of the land' in June, 1982.

Next thing I

knew we had been asked to come down here and open up a work among the Baraguyu
people. We were amazed to see the way God strongly led us back to Tanzania in
November, 1984. Doug set out to discover the place God wanted us to work,
making survey trips, doing library research, and talking to Tanzanian
Christians and missionaries.

It seemed another long, often frustrating, year before we were invited to come

and work at Twatwatwa, yet we were sure this was the place God wanted us.
Then came the apparently easy job of putting up a house and moving in. Not
so! Several different ideas for types of houses were made, and then abandoned

for various reasons, before we settled upon the kind of house we thought best
for the place and situation.

Now here I was, sitting a few feet from the place where the trenches for the
wall posts were already dug, giving the distinct outline for our future home.
For most of June and July, Doug and Steve Welch--an intern from Fullerton,
California and a great workerhad worked to get this house up, living more at
Twatwatwa than with us in Dodoma.

They got the land cleared by getting trees and thorn bushes cut and hauled
away. They saw that several hundred poles of hard wood were brought; hauled
water to soften up the soil for digging the foundation; and, began painting
the containers. Again, progress by our standards was slow, but we have gotten
somewhat used to that by now. I kept walking around outside the invisible
walls of my home, and, as many women would, wondered if the kitchen would be
adequate.

"Well, no piped water for the rest of this term, but maybe
next.

At least there should be a source close by so that

we can haul it in barrels.


it."

We'll just have to get used to

I broke out of iny reverie and squintefl at my interrogator. She honestly


wanted an answer.

So I gave her the pnly one that came to my mind and the

only one that mattered, (but wishing t lat I already lived here so that I could
talk to her in more detail), "Because of the love of God."
There's a world to winl

Doug, Robyn, Nicole and Andrea Priest


Please remember that we have moved anc can be reached at this address

Doug and Robyn Priest

Christian Missionary Fellowship


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