Today I got the opportunity to go to Swaswa the link Parish of my home parish in the U.S., St. John’s Episcopal Church of Pleasantville New York. Pastor Noah, the director of Carpenter’s Kids, and Chris Dennison came as well. We were shown around by Pastor Jonasy, he brought us to the local primary school where we got to meet the students of the standard five class. This class usually contains 153 students but it was smaller today because the rain made travel for many of the students difficult. The students sang a Tanzanian national hymn for us, as well as showing us some games they play. After the primary school Pastor Jonasy took us to the village church to meet many of the Carpenter’s Kids and their guardians. The church choir, the youth choir, and the Sunday school all sang for us. They then asked me to send their sincere thanks to their friends from St. John’s for all of the support they have received over the years.

Pastor Jonasy

Pastor Jonasy

Pastor Jonasy's wife Anna and their son

Pastor Jonasy’s wife Anna and their son

The entire standard five class with their teachers and Pastor Noah

The entire standard five class with their teachers and Pastor Noah

the Sunday School class at the Swaswa church

the Sunday School class at the Swaswa church

  

The Carpenter's Kids from Swaswa

The Carpenter’s Kids from Swaswa

 

 

the Carpenter's Kids Committee for Swaswa and Chris Dennison

the Carpenter’s Kids Committee for Swaswa and Chris Dennison

Me with the Carpenter's Kids from Swaswa

Me with the Carpenter’s Kids from Swaswa

The Primary School in Swaswa

The Primary School in Swaswa

The Swaswa Church choir

The Swaswa Church choir

 

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4 comments

  1. Lauren Salminen · · Reply

    Hi Brian – wow, great that you got to meet everyone! I had no idea that Pastor Jonasy and Anna had a new son. That’s wonderful news. I’ve never seen Swaswa wet – interesting. Keep up the good work.

  2. The CK children all the children look so happy! It was great to see you and Chris with them & understand Swaswa a bit better Thanks for the photos and your comments. They really make me feel like i shared in your trip!

  3. Brian, these photos are wonderful. Please keep telling these stories. Want to know what it’s like for you there. PS, you look great and happy!

    1. Thanks Aunt Donna

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