The Saga Of Getting Electricity To An African Village

I rolled into the green, rolling highlands of interior Tanzania with two suitcases of computers and a mission to put them to use. The founder of the school at which I arrived had been telling me that electricity was always being worked on, but costs, government bureaucracy and favoritism, and the logistics of getting the…
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The Spiritual Warzone At The African Church Service

Terrifying screams and cries of suffering and mass hysteria. This wasn’t what I imagined would happen in a church. But this wasn’t church as I was used to. It was a worship running the gamut from celebration and joy… …to the pits of spiritual and mental anguish: You will probably be disturbed by the descriptions…
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The Exorcism At The African Church Service

I heard a lot of yelling from across the street. I had been hearing it each weekend when trying to write on Sundays from the internet cafe in Iringa. I thought there was a political rally going on. It turned out to be a church. I crossed the dusty divided street to a warehouse-like space…
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The Animated African Church Service

In case you didn’t go to church on this Sunday, I have just the thing. On May 4th of this year, I was given the chance to document one of Iringa’s liveliest, most intense congregations. I suspect that the photos and footage these next three weeks will be met with a mixture of disturbance, intrigue,…
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What I Learned About Race By Living In Africa

Obviously, there are many lessons to be taken away from living in a place as different as East Africa. I’ve gained insight and a more nuanced view on topics such as development, education, the meaning and importance of home, and the magnificence of mother nature. Above all these, however, was one issue I felt was…
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Gone Fishin’ (the Tanzanian Vs. The Minnesota Way)

When I was 12, my brothers and I would go fishing using our grandfather’s pale green, 14-foot aluminum boat. We’d haul it in the back to our father’s tiny S10 Chevy pickup. When we got to our northern Minnesotan lake of choice, my older brother would take one side of the boat, my little brothers…
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On The Shores Of A Huge African Lake

What do you say we plan a day at the lake? Sounds nice, right? Since I was a boy, I’ve loved going to the lake—to swim, to fish, to picnic, all of it done with the water, the waves, the shore, the breeze, and the loon’s call setting this scene of peaceful invigoration. Now how…
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Waterfalls, Geologic Wonders, And Adventure Travel

I’m writing this the morning of Sunday, September 21 from a rundown motel room in Bukoba, Tanzania. This is not where I am supposed to be today. That being said, I am supposed to be on the road. My time teaching at the Magulilwa village school outside of Iringa, Tanzania has come to its end.…
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Interview With A Witch Doctor

On our motorcycle ride over and around lushly vegetated rolling terrain, beyond small farms of coffee and cocoa, I was being driven to a destination that on one hand had nothing to do with this amazing nature, but on the other, was quite tied to it. We were visiting a man–not a waterfall or the…
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Down On The Farm: Picture Stories From An African Corn Harvest

The corn stalks are high; The kernels are yellow. Rainy season says bye; Harvest time says hello. This one’s for all the farmers out there.  *** My time in Tanzania has coincided nicely with the growing season. I arrived about six weeks into the rainy season (late January). Seeds are placed into the earth soon…
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