We’ve now completed our third day of pilgrimage across Tanzania. We are made up of a diverse group of people who all in some way want to become more involved with the life of the Vine Trust.
I’m not sure at this point if I should reveal everyone’s identity, but we are a happy easy going bunch of people. Much hilarity when someone reveals they have overslept and missed breakfast. In fact we all feel secure enough with each other to crack a joke at a fellow pilgrim’s expense. One particular pilgrim in now known as 06.43 - a reference to the time he awoke having overslept.
It was an early start thanks to the Imam and his loudspeakers but by 7am we were heading for the Airport at Kilimanjaro. Before long we had cleared security and we were in the air heading for Mwansa where we were met by Samuel Limbi who has recently taken over as the programme director for Jubilee Hope. The rest of the day was taken up with travel which involved a 3 hour bus journey and a short ferry ride to reach Geita district. Everyone was glad to arrive at a very comfortable Hotel, called the Lenny. Not sure if it is owned by Lenny Henry, but it was an excellent choice, reasonable WiFi. Above all as a weary traveller I was glad of a shower and some food.
As today was another day of travel. I’m learning that pilgrimage is not always about arriving, it’s about learning to live with others as you travel. In the experience of travelling together we learn to share and appreciate the gifts and experience of each other.
Very Rev Albert Bogle, Minister of Sanctuary First