Sunday, September 17, 2017

GLOW tract distribution

Sorry for not posting in a long time.
We distributed 1,000,000 GLOW tracts in Dar es salaam. It was exciting to see that people wanted to read them. Most people would take them to read, although a few didn't take the tracts. We had multiple titles to give out including Siri za afya ya kiakili (Secrets of mental health), Kuvunja mazoea mabaya (Breaking addictions).
We have had many people calling to ask for more. Praise the lord.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Big truck, big fun

We're at my aunt's house in Summer Shade, KY and this drives by!  Whoopee! Check out my channel on YouTube. My channel name is "Kibidula Kid." I'll post some videos on it.

        Joshua Schoch

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


I'm sorry for not blogging in a long time. I think it's been 11 months since my last post. I translated for Mom when she taught health at the evangelism school. I've also been translating every morning at the Ag school for health classes.
A month ago the Cootz's container arrived. About 2 hours before it arrived at Kibidula, a fire from the burning of a fire-break that had been burnt that day jumped across a road and lit part of Kibidula on fire. So we got to fight fire AND unload a 40 foot container in one night. We finished unloading the container and got home about midnight! Another time during this dry season, someone (an arsonist) lit a fire on Kibidula in another area. It took about an hour to put it out.
Then about 3 weeks ago we received calls to help the village near us with another arson fire (on Sabbath). Well it was approximately about 1.5 miles long and ¾ mile wide. After about 3 hours it was put out.
Then about 2 weeks ago  (Sabbath AGAIN) we saw LOTS AND LOTS of smoke near the edge of Kibidula and Mr. David Katsma and I went to check on it. It was about a half mile off Kibidula and it was BIG. So Kibidula came to help. I was in my church clothes (we were in a music program when we saw the smoke) and David was too. Oh, well, they got dirty alright! It was a big fire, the biggest I've seen. There were about 75 Kibidulans and maybe 15 villagers and 40 local government forest fire-fighters with a few tools. There were 5 backpack sprayers and a few home-made “fire-flappers”, but most of the fire was fought with branches we ripped off trees. It was quite a challenge but it was put out safely.
So keep praying for us as we are not out of fire season.
Things in the mission field are NOT BORING. I hope to keep you updated better.
- Joshua

Fighting Fire

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our London Layover

On our layover in London we took a tour for a few hours. We were able to see The Shard, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and part of Hyde Park. We really enjoyed ourselves even though we were sleepy.

Westminster Abbey
More of Westminster Abbey
And More

The Eye

The Shard

Hyde Park

Mounted Police in Hyde Park
Big Ben 

STRATACA – A salt mine adventure

While we were on vacation in the US we went with some of our friends to a salt mine.  This salt mine is considered one of the 7 wonders of Kansas.  It is called STRATACA.  We had a blast.  Our friends, Heide and Alicia took us there.  After registering, we were briefed on safety, and then we entered the elevator.  We went down 650 feet under the ground, and it was total darkness in the elevator.  It was a blast.
A Elevator Model
At the bottom, we explored around the various exhibits about salt and salt mining.  We saw the old machinery and large chunks of salt.  We learned about salt, how it is used and mined.  We rode a underground train that the miners used to use.  We also took another tram-type ride where we were able to pick up pieces of salt as souvenirs.   We saw the old boxes that had previously had dynamite in them. 
Different Sizes of Salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The saying is, “what goes down into the mine, stays in the mine” meaning cars, trash, and all kinds of things stay underground.  The funny thing is that the salt mine atmosphere causes some things to rust badly and other things to be well preserved. 

We learned a lot and it was a lot of fun.  I would recommend it to anyone that might want to check it out.  Even my mother who doesn’t like heights or depths enjoyed herself. 

On the train ride
Instead of making concrete to drive on, and hauling down sand, which would take time and money they just use ground up salt and call it salt-crete.

Waiting for the elevator

Some more salt

Kansas Cosmosphere – A FIVE "STAR" Experience

Our friends mentioned in the previous post also took us to the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS. 
While we were there we rode the flight simulator “with the Blue Angels”.  It was very interesting. 
Some Used Space Suites

We then looked at lunar modules, rovers, space exploration, tools, space history, rocket history, and space station models. 
A Full-Size Model Lunar Lander
Small Model of the International Space Station
My favorite part was Doctor Goddard’s Lab! 

Draining liquid oxygen from a large piece of cotton
When he lit the super oxygen filled cotton it burned so fast it exploded!
Here we learned about rockets, explosions, and, of course, Doctor Robert Goddard, the first rocket scientist that explored the use of liquid rocket fuel.  It was fascinating.  The man doing the explaining and experiments was very good at his job.  The liquid oxygen was really cold and “cool”.  He showed us that oxygen isn’t flammable, but it makes combustion highly accelerated!   He took a cotton ball and lit it on fire.  Then he compared it with to a large amount of cotton soaked in liquid oxygen.  The result was an amazing explosion!  My mom caught the explosion on camera.  We learned a lot in Doctor Goddard’s Lab.  We also saw him light a hydrogen bomb that he made.  He also made an alcohol rocket.  It was great stuff. 
We also watched a very interesting video in the stellarium.

Doctor Goddard's first Rocket Design 

A Moon Rock
A space toilet
Me sitting inside a used Space Shuttle Tire

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bugs in Africa

We just left Chicago and our new friends, the Turner family.  I had an amazing time playing with Seth.  This blog post is especially dedicated to my new friend Seth.  He likes bugs.

Tiny very colorful fly

processionary catterpillars



What is that glowing thing?  Next picture answers the question
In the center you can see a little white worm - it is a glow worm.  Sorry - it is hard to focus with night pictures

Big cockroach

This wasp has a cricket

The ants can do much when they work together
Army ants

More army ants

Thousands of Army ants