Our two day visit to Bukoba included a Sunday so, naturally, we were back at church again. We visited the sister church of Prince of Peace for a full Lutheran service. As we drove up we were greeted by members of the congregation.
The church is a bit more spartan than the one we had seen the previous week near Moshi. Still, you could see it has grown a great deal from the original building which still stands nearby.
We found the service to be interesting. The choir, in particular, was a joy. You can imagine the surprise we felt when we later read the critique of the service by pastor Chad on his blog saying it was "somewhat long and bo(r)ing":
Both before and after the service, the usual auction of "in-kind" donations took place.
When toys and other items were distributed to the children after the service, it was fun to watch them marvel at the "flashing lights balls."
These are a couple more pictures of the kids.
On the previous day, we had visited the community school and library that are the beneficiary of some of Prince of Peace's charitable efforts. Here is the the library named in honor of deceased Bruce Lane Johnson:
And pictures of part of the school and one of its classrooms with seating for a hundred children.
And if you were wondering how you could help out in this community, please note that at this link you can make a donation to the Community Solutions for Africa's Development (COSAD) via a Plymouth, Minnesota tax-deductible charity with a Minnesota address. They take PayPal as well as credit cards and checks.