Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mwanza Part II: At the Market

We went with the Colemeres to do their Saturday night shopping at the local market.  So fun!  We have been to similar markets in many countries including Viet Nam, Thailand, and Cambodia, which this Tanzanian market totally reminded us of.  We loved it!!!  We were the only mzungus there and attracted a lot of attention.  Colemeres and the young missionaries always buy their produce here.  Of course they wash it with bleach water.  I won't comment on every picture.

Sister Colemere brought photos she had taken and gave them to the different vendors.  They were so very pleased to receive the pictures.

The vendors wanted their pictures taken with us too even though I told them I wouldn't be back to give them copies since we live in Nairobi.  They didn't care.  They just like their photos taken.

You can buy anything here in the market.

Weighing the potatoes

I love the brooms they make out of whatever is available.

Did you notice the cute little girl sitting on the step?

Most of the stalls were under cover but many of them were just out close to the street.  We talked with some of the vendors about the gospel and gave them pamphlets in Swahili.

Love this market!!!

Sister Colemere was amazing.  She knew a lot of Swahili and got by with a few phrases and a lot of hand signals.

We bought two of these and planned for each couple to share one but we ended up forgetting to eat them so I'm sure they got thrown out.  We were a little worried about eating them anyway.

Love this street scene.

Sister Colemere bought a pineapple and the lady is cutting off the top for some reason.  Pineapples here are delicious.
We finished up the day by stopping by to the church.  Elder Mahanzu and Elder Munyariri were doing "street boarding."  I've heard of it but never experienced it till now.  They set up a table and a board with church literature and then they stop people who are walking by and talk to them about the gospel.  Everyone who walked by actually stopped and talked with the missionaries.  It was amazing.  People here love to talk about Jesus Christ.

The missionaries handed out pamphlets, which everyone was happy to take.  I don't know how many will actually read it but they always take it happily.  So nice!

The evening ended with a full rainbow even though it only sprinkled a bit.  It was lovely.


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