Shining A Light on the Dark Continent

Dar es Salaam — A modern, clean city

After spending money on the tanzanite, Dave and Navy Chaplain Captain Jon Cutler explored Dar es Salaam. They particularly wanted to see the churches built when the Europeans occupied the country. They found a Lutheran church and a Roman Catholic Church. Both churches were built between 1897 and 1902. In the Lutheran church, they climbedContinue Reading

Explosion affects travel plans in Tanzania

As Dave prepared to leave Tanga for Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, he received word that an explosion closed the main airport. An accident at a military ammunition depot, caused the explosion killing 20 people, injuring 145 more and closed the airport. According to news reports, people felt the explosion 12 milesContinue Reading

Why can’t we all just get along?

Dave spoke with a village elder in Mamboleo Village while he was there inspecting the well. The elder said, although the village was 70 percent Muslim and 30 percent Christian, the two groups got along well together. In fact, most of the town attended the funeral of a Christian woman the day Dave was there.Continue Reading

A Man of Peace

Dave met with Eyassu Ato for the second time in February 2011. Eyassu is the owner of the Paradise Lodge in Arba Minch, Ethiopia. Dave had dinner with Eyassu and two other men — the senior judge in the Gamo region and the head of the Ethiopian Department of Trade and Industry. These men gathered toContinue Reading

Making Connections in Ethiopia

Part of Dave’s job included making connections with local religious leaders. On New Year’s Day 2011, he was in Arba Minch, Ethiopia. As he got off the plane, he learned he already had three commitments for that evening. “Not knowing what I was walking into, like in Awasa, I came prepared for anything,” he said.Continue Reading