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Christmas Feast & Baptisms

Christmas was good here at Olbalbal. There was a Christmas Eve mass at 10:00 PM that I led and Fr. Arkado had the mass and baptisms Christmas day. After an enthusiastic church service there was a feast of four slaughter goats and plenty of rice. The day marked my fourth Christmas here at Olbalbal.

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Maasai Singers Celebrate

This week, Maasai singers gathered from all over Ngorongoro andbeyond to celebrate their craft. These are leaders of songs in the churches of all the denominations located at Ngorongoro. They are young men and women that have published their music in the form of CDs. There were fifteen who came together to perform their music […]

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Bogged Down

Now that it is raining, getting into to wooded areas of Olbalbal has become a real challenge. These places are mostly on the edges of the huge catchment area that fills with water during the rains and from which Olbalbal gets its’ name. We are a good few people here on the mission and we […]

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Lazaris Revisited and a Stupid Death

Fr. Joe Herzsten went to the states on leave in October. Joe is pastor of Ngorongoro parish and I have been filling in for him for the Maasai part of his work. One of the two places that I am going to on his behalf is Enkaiyapus on the lip of Ngorongoro Crater. I go […]

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Sad Day at Ngolola

Today started out as any other. Our meeting with the people was to take place at Ngolola a forty-minute trip over roads that had been gouged and rutted by the last rainy season. Yesterday I greased the car, checked the oil and radiator water and topped up the air in one of the tires gone […]

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