Pastor Simon Stephen Fue was born and raised in Kirangare. His wife, Navotha, teaches at the Mwanga School for the Deaf. They have four children, three sons—Inno, 16; Freddy, 11; and Jerry, 9—and one daughter, Clara, who is 6 years old.
We will visit the school later and stay with the Fue family.
When he was teaching secondary school in Kirangare, the pastor then came to home and asked him to study to become the next pastor of Kirangare. He felt overwhelmed, because of the suffering involved in the life of a pastor. But his grandfather said, “If they need you, do not refuse.” So he went to seminary in Arusha.
We saw the place where he was born. We saw the place he was baptized. We saw his primary school. And later we will go to Arusha and see both his secondary school and seminary.
Pastor Fue stays in Kirangare for three weeks, then one week with his family in Mwanga. In Kirangare, he stays in his mother's house, not the parsonage. He did this because he wanted to eat dinner with his mother and not live alone. But now his mother is in Dar Es Salaam, some hours away, receiving medical treatment. He lives alone.
Now they call the parsonage the Church Rest Home. It's where Joseph and I are staying. Jasper and Wilson, members of the Companionship Committee stay with us. Pastor Fue stays in his mother's house.
In the Church Rest Home are three bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room, and a dining room. In separate outbuilding is a kitchen.
Water comes down from springs higher up the mountain. As of about one year ago, electricity comes up from the town of Hedaru in the valley.
Cell service is spotty for Joseph and I (on our US phones), but everyone's Tanzanian phones make and receive calls and texts just fine it seems. Depending on where we're at or the time of day or some other factor, I may have a low speed internet connection through my phone. Now I'm lucky if I can upload text. Photos are too much for now.