It's Dan again. School has begun well. It is always intimidating getting all of the requirements for the courses at the beginning of classes, but, by God's grace it always seems to get done (and this time, it will will be done for good, with graduation on the way).
Some of you have asked me about the political state of Tanzania, in light of what all is going on in Kenya. Tanzania has been amazingly stable, in comparison to many of its neighbors. There seems no foreseeable way that Tanzania would deal with the same kind of civil strife that Kenya has now.
That said, how is the Kenyan Crisis affecting Tanzania? This article states that all of the political unrest will actually benefit Tanzania. The landlocked countries (like Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi) depend on the Kenyan sea ports to provide them their import and export venues. Because of the unrest in Kenya, these governments are looking to Tanzania for sea access. This will mean more money for the development of infrastructure and some major upgrades on seaports. Even once there is a measure of stability that is restored to Kenya's troubled political and ethnic climate, there is question how soon the business would return there.
Please pray for Christian brothers and sisters in Kenya, who are having difficulty getting even the necessities of life. Pray for the progress of the gospel in spite of the difficult situation for many there.