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 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)
- children, and adults, go to “dalasa” where they are taught the Quran
A people immersed in animism and Islam.
- 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
- CZ, BM, BT, and neighbors are picking the leaves of a plant to make a green (and very slimy) dip for their ugali
- BT helping their neighbor (who considers the girls part of her family) hoe her field
- the team lives fairly spread out so there is a lot of walking back and forth
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- ML and his language helper working on his house
is the Alagwa Timo Team.
- 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. 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,
- ES in his field
and that God would reap a