The opportunity to go to Tanzania Africa changed my life.
For two and a half weeks I got to experience a very different side of the world. A part of the world where there are..
♦ 34 million orphaned children
♦ 23.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS
♦ 1 in 3 malnourished people
♦ 738 million people without access to clean water,
♦ Every second, 1 child dies from Malaria.
Tanzania, Africa is a place that is broken and suffering. Its people need to see the light of Jesus, and that’s why we went.
Iringa Regional Hospital & Clinic
The major part of our trip was spent in the Iringa hospital and the clinic outside the village. Here, we delivered babies, wrote prescriptions, watched surgeries, and observed circumcisions.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was the opportunity to deliver lots of little babies! I helped the midwives and doctors with pregnancy check ups, live births, HIV testing, and Cesarian sections. I learned so much about the babies, mamas, and African medicine.
During our trip we traveled to a village about 2 hours away from Iringa. Here, African tribes lived in large groups. We met the Maasai.
The Maasai people live in a culture very different from our own. They have several rituals and traditions that they believe in- most of which are illegal in the United States. The tribe farms large herds of cattle which they use in every aspect of life.
• The cattle are not necessarly used for their meat. Instead, for their blood. The Maasai drink blood in order to provide protein. The blood is also used as a source of medicine.
• Both men and women are circumsised at 16 in the tribe. Many countries are working to ban female circumsision, but the tribes intend to follow their rituals rather than foreign law.
• After a girl is circumsized she may be married off. A father will put a price on his daughter. The Maasai do not use money- their currency is cattle. A young man will trade his cattle for the girl and the two will be married.
After we visited the Maasai, Marshal and I had an amazing opportunity to go on a safari with our friends we made on the trip!
When Marshal and I weren’t at the hospital, we went to the orphanage. In Iringa, Tanzania, there are two orphanages. A baby orphanage and a children’s orphanage. Both were ran by African nuns. They were both filled with so many children; they were all together, but yet, still all alone.
There were over 100 cribs for the infants and around 75 “beds” for the toddlers. The toddlers didn’t really have beds, it was actually a small blue mat on the floor. The cribs all had mosquito nets over them to protect them from acquiring Malaria.
One of the strangest things about the orphanage was that none of the babies cried. I recently read an article about a missionary serving at an orphanage in Uganda. He too realized the babies didn’t cry. when he asked the care taker why they were always silent, she responded-
“After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them.”
This BROKE my heart.
Please pray for theses orphans that they would be taught the love of Jesus and would learn that someday someone will come for them. Someone who loves them unconditionally and will never leave them nor forsake them.
The little girl in the picture below has Cerebral Palsy- she can’t walk and she can not talk. Sometimes she can make sounds when she is very upset or really happy. The orphanage can not afford and does not have access to a wheelchair or walker. Because of this, the little girl lays on her stomach on the ground. She moves her finger in the dust as if she is drawing; her head lays on the ground as dirt gets in her mouth. As the kids play, she lays alone. Flies swarm her and she can not do anything but lift her head for a few seconds.
Marshal was able to hold her up and help her walk for a while- she couldn’t stop smiling! She had so much fun. When she laid back down, she would yell for Marshal to come back and hold her.
Please pray for the millions of disabled orphans in Africa that do not have access to the resources we have in America. Pray for the ones that are in the orphanage that they would be taken care of and taught the love of Jesus! Pray for the ones that are not in the orphanage. Many disabled children who are outside the city are mistreated, outcasted, and often left to fend for themselves. Pray they would be rescued and learn about how precious they are in the eyes of the Lord.
Marshal and I brought bubbles and balloons for the kids at the orphanage. They LOVED playing with them. The kids would chase the bubbles all around to pop them. The younger kids blew up the balloons and then let them go! They chased them and laughed at the funny sound it made. They had so much fun and so did we! If you ever go on a trip over seas and want to bring some fun, small gifts, these are great!
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”