This blog began as a tool for me to reflect on the experience of spending 6 weeks in Meru, in Northern Tanzania.  Situated between Arusha and Moshi,  Meru is not remote but the Diocese has remote areas.  It is experiencing great growth.  Included in the area is the new Nelson Mandela Institute for advanced study in science and technology. Other advanced study institutes include Tumaini University Makumira and easy access to advanced study in KCMC,  a medical school and teaching hospital as well as a variety of university studies in Arusha.   Also near Kilimanjaro Airport, the government of Tanzania is investing in developing an inland port along the Moshi-Arusha road which is a small section of highway along the East African Common Market Highway.

Still,  this area is not urbanized to the same extent as its near neighbor.  98% of the people depend on their subsistence farms for food and animals to sell for school fees or health care.  A long standing drought has caused great hardship throughout the Diocese.

We have returned to Milwaukee after an intense, grace-filled visit.  Our impressions are still being distilled,  so I will continue to post reflections from time to time.

One immediate reflection is how easy it is to get and stay on-line from my comfortable home.  It is a much more labor intensive and uncertain process in Tanzania where networks and power are regularly interrupted.

When I write,  it is from the perspective of one retired woman,  learning every day of global interconnection.  We do a great disservice to the people of Meru to reduce their lives to a charitable need.  Hopefully,  I can continue to explore how we are connected.  How we can honor the amazing strength of the people even while addressing the great inequities.Velaska,  southern Meru