Babati, Tanzania

January 27, 2010

After getting a good night’s sleep in Moshi, John and I headed to Babati, where he and Kathe are serving as missionaries with the Church of God. The first half of the drive was tarmac, but the second was pure dirt and mud (and as you can see, the occasional cow traffic jam). I think it was about a four-hour drive, but my mind was pretty mushy after two hours of dirt road driving. I’ll never complain about the roads in Hillsboro again.

Yesterday we spent time at the Bible College where Kathe has been teaching two English classes for first and third year students.

John and Kathe’s Swahili is very good and they are able to put what they know into practice here assisting the teachers in their classes.

In the afternoon we headed over to Aldersgate Elementary and Secondary School. The teachers and administration work very hard to provide a Christian education to these children and it shows. There was so much joy on the faces of the kids!

We had lunch there and you can see the outdoor kitchen where the rice and beans are prepared.

Amazingly, this school is ranked in the top two academic schools in the country. One of the students last year was the top student in the country. They are severely understaffed and routinely have class sizes of over 30 students with one teacher. Not only that, there are no books for students. Each student has a blank booklet and a pencil–nothing more.

We are truly blessed to live in the USA. We have so much and are so unaware of the many blessings all around us. Tomorrow I go to the airport and head home. It will be good to see you all again. Blessings…



  1. Pastor James, what is your last name and where do you live when you aren’t in Tanzania? Portland, OR?
    I happened upon your blog while I was looking for Scott & Deanna Compton’s blog through Babati Bible School. Your blog is very interesting and photos GREAT! I’ll be interested to see what you post in the upcoming months.

    • Hi Brenda, I live in Hillsboro, OR and my last name is Gleason. I’m the Lead Pastor at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro. John Matlock, who taught at Babati Bible School will be traveling with me back to Mwanza, TZ in April to teach a week on Bible Doctrine. We will keep people posted. Thanks for your interest.

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