the Alagwa People

 

 

In northern Tanzania, up among the hills,
 

where the Bubu river winds through fields,

 

 

and with Mount Hanang looming up on the horizon

live the Alagwa people.

the Wasi have only been Islamic for about 40 years
the Alagwa have only been Islamic for about 40 years

 

Muslim boys going up to herd goats, cows, and donkeys (up in the village of Gara, where the P and L families live, donkeys are considered necessary due to how far it is from water)
Muslim boys going up to herd goats, cows, and donkeys (up in the village of Gara, where the P and L families live, donkeys are considered necessary due to how far it is from water)

 

children, and adults, go to "dalasa" where they are taught the Quran
children, and adults, go to “dalasa” where they are taught the Quran

A people immersed in animism and Islam.

though at this dua they are chanting Arabic Islamic songs over the dead, they still pray to their god for rain, and still give offerings to the dead
though at this dua they chanted Arabic Islamic songs over the dead, the Alagwa still pray to their rain god, and still give offerings to the dead

 

 

 

 

Amongst them

CZ, BM, and BT and neighbors are picking the leaves of a plant to make a green (and very slimy) dip for their ugali
CZ, BM, BT, and neighbors are picking the leaves of a plant to make a green (and very slimy) dip for their ugali

 

 

Bethany helping their neighbor (who considers herself Bethany and Becky’s mother) hoe her field
BT helping their neighbor (who considers the girls part of her family) hoe her field

 

 

 

    working,

the team lives fairly spread out so there is a lot of walking back and forth
the team lives fairly spread out so there is a lot of walking back and forth

 

 

 

 

 

sharing,

Mercyiana at language lessons; it takes an incredible amount of patience to daily be corrected in how to do everything, from washing clothes to telling jokes
ML at language lessons; it takes an incredible amount of patience to daily be corrected in how to do everything, from washing clothes to how to greet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learning,

Easter is a constant host; with their house being the only local place to charge a cell phone (one way, among many, of being involved in the community) and all that comes with a husband as team leader, her house is never empty.
ES is a constant hostes; their house being the only local place to charge a cell phone (one way, among many, of being involved in the community) and as team leaders, her house is never empty.

 

living, 

and caring,

Kim with a local mentally handicapped boy; before the team went to ABO he had attached him self to her, a situation which required a lot of patience (sadly he is often viewed as just above an animal- an attitude that has begun to change after witnessing how the team treats him).
KK with a local mentally handicapped boy; before the team went to ABO he had attached him self to her (sadly he is often viewed as just above an animal- but that has begun to change as people watch how the team treats him).

 
 

Musa working on his house with his language helper
ML and his language helper working on his house

 is the Alagwa Timo Team.

Tata Owen (or Farther of Owen) herding donkeys; both Owen and Musa live in the village of Gara perched on the top of a ridge- and a long way from water, so donkeys are necessary
The P family’s home stay Dad herding donkeys; he is now recognized as their father, and goes by that name (most adults are known by threir eldest child)

 

Saidi and his wife; they are CZ and KK's neighbors, and landlord. Emma (team leader) and his family lived with them before the team came. Saidi and his wife are very loved by the team, and viewed as family.
Saidi and his wife; they are CZ and KK’s neighbors, and landlord. ES (team leader) and his family lived with them before the team came. For the team they are family.

 

 

In six months they have developed relationships

 

As a BFC team they will use a three year curriculum that includes storying, an evangelism tool that introduces the gospel message through Bible stories

In three years we pray they will shine the light,

Emma in his field
ES in his field

and that God would reap a 

harvest.