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May 11, 2012

Kiswahili

During my time working with eMi I had the opportunity to take Swahili with two other ladies from our office, Sarah and Rose.  I couldn’t really use it in Kampala specifically because the local language there is Luganda, however, Swahili is widely spoken in many countries in East Africa.  I heard it for the first time when I was on my project trip to the DRC.  I have no idea if or when I will have an opportunity to use it, but my same love for languages that has followed me all my life wouldn’t let me dismiss the opportunity to learn it.  It is a very beautiful language and it was such a joy to learn.

Kiswahili is an easy language to learn by way that it is pronounced like it is spelt and many of the grammatical patterns follow through.  One of the hardest things about the language was that there are several different word classes and each class has everything associated with that word take on the patterns or rules of that specific class.  This means that adjectives can sound completely different depending on the word class of the noun that they are describing.

 

March 23, 2012

Day 7: Hakuna Mungu kama we we

On Sunday morning we went to a church that was just down the street from the guesthouse.  It was a beautiful service.  The African people have such musical rhythm!  The songs are very repetitive, but they sing in beautiful harmonies.  They sang songs in French and Swahili, and the message was in French and David Kasali went up to translate for us.  The message was about tithing and it was strange to hear a message that I’ve heard so many times back home being preached in Beni to people who are the poorest of the poor.  But then again God asks all of us to give of what we have, no matter how much or little it may be.  The church is in the process of constructing an addition to their building; it’s impossible to borrow money and so what they do is they just build little by little as the money comes in.  Although the church still has a long way to go in construction, it looked as if they had done everything humanly possible just to get that steeple with a cross in its place in the air!  After the service the elders invited us to sit down and offered us sodas.  They were very thankful that we had come to Beni and for the work we were doing for UCBC and therefore for the community and for the Kingdom.  Their thankfulness was overwhelming because the sacrifices that I made to come here seem so small in comparison to the challenges that the people here face every day.

Photo by Tim Ellis

Photo by Tim Ellis

On Sunday evening we were invited over to the house where the internationals stay for a time of dinner and fellowship.  On the way there we finally got the opportunity to explore the town a bit by foot.  A few memorable sites that I have from Beni are the many children that are around playing or doing chores, men washing their ‘motos’ in a stream, and the many small shacks alongside the main road that sell petrol in reused water bottles.  That evening we had a wonderful time of food and fellowship and it was wonderful to get to know these ministry leaders better, and learn about how they to came to serve with the Congo Initiative.  Before we ate dinner, we were introduced to a beautiful Swahili song that translates in English to:  There is no God like you.

Photo by Tim Ellis

Hakuna Mungu kama wewe (There is no God like you)

Hakuna Mungu kama wewe

Hakuna Mungu kama wewe

Wewe Mungu wangu (you my God)

Twasema “Asante” (We say “Thank you”)

Twasema “Asante”

Twasema “Asante”

Wewe Mungu wangu

Wewe ni Alpha na Omega (You are Alpha and Omega)

Wewe ni Alpha na Omega

Wewe ni Alpha na Omega

Wewe Mungu wangu

Photo by Bob & Eileen Gresham

“O Lord, God of Isreal, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”  – 1 Kings 8:23

February 27, 2011

Salutations de Toronto!

Salut tout le monde!  J’ai décidé que j’écrirai ce post en français.  Quand j’étais en Suisse il faisait du sense d’écrire en anglais pour mes amis Canadiens, mais maintenant j’aime bien fiendre que je suis touriste ici à Toronto, et que je reviendrai bientôt en Europe (et ça c’est la verité!).  Je suis à Toronto il y a trois semaines.  Je suis arrivée à la fin Janvier un vendredi et puis j’ai commencé mon travail ici le lundi prochain!  J’habite à l’ouest du centre ville dans une maison que je partage avec deux autre collocateurs.  C’est une location parfaite parce-que je peux marcher à mon travail, et aussi je suis près du plus grand parc à Toronto.  J’ai hâte de commencer faire du velo dans la ville, mais j’attends le printemps.

A Toronto je fais quelques activités à coté de mon travail.  Je joue du football (interieur à ce moment), j’ai recommencé de courir un peu (mais le froid me dissuade un peu!), et aussi j’essaye de reconnecter avec mes amis à Toronto et mes camarades de classe (que je n’ai pas vu depuis si longtemp!).  Cette semaine en particulier je suis aller voir (avec mes deux collocs) chanteur et compositeur (et sa groupe) Yann Teirsen sur son tour de son nouvel album Dust Lane.  C’était fantastique!  A la prochaine,

– Lise

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