Who or what is Mzungu Masai?
Well that’s me! Hi, I’m Kelly and I’m a “Mzungu”. Mzungu is the Swahili word for “foreigner” or typically, person with white skin. Further more, Masai is one, of the many tribes here in Tanzania. It happens to be the tribe my husband Dickson comes from. This makes me Mzungu Masai. (It also helps that I had my ears stretched long before I came here – a Masai tradition)
I moved to Tanzania is September 2013 to work with abandoned and orphaned infants and toddlers. As one year turned into two, turned into three turned into… forever? I realized my theology of orphan care had changed a lot. I grew as an individual, but also grew my roots deeper into Tanzanian culture. I became fluent in Swahili, the national language, and spent time building relationships and hearing firsthand from my neighbors what their greatest struggles and joys were.
Along the way I fell in love and now I’m in this for the long haul! All though, let’s be real, how many people by a one way ticket to Africa and you expect them to come back to the US? In early 2016 we finally got married. We are excitedly moving forward in this cross cultural mash-up as we live and learn and love.
From our home here in Tanzania we strive to be an example of a marriage, and family, rooted in Christ. We spend a lot of time hanging out with our neighborhood kids, playing jump rope and watching them do back flips. Lots of dance parties are had on our front porch. We live stones throw from the in-laws and so visits with them are frequent as well.
We live simply. We built a small two bedroom house on my father in laws land and we live intermixed with our neighbors. We have no gate or stone wall around our house. If we are home, our front door is always open, which means visitors are always welcome.
We have one daughter, Abigail, who joined us in October 2016. Abigail was born with a severe congenital heart defect and in May 2017 she underwent open heart surgery at a mission hospital in Kenya. We are so thankful for the ways God worked to open doors for us to get Abigail in for surgery. She is thriving post-operation and continues to surprise us all the time.
Welcome to my blog where I hope to share with you insights into my (new) culture, life in a cross-cultural marriage, and being an international mom.
Karibu sana. (You are very welcome!)