A Day in Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo is a small historic town about an hour north of Dar es Salaam.  Back in the German colonial days, Bagamoyo was a bustling port city and the capitol of German East Africa.  It was also a key port city in the slave trade.  We spent a day in Bagamoyo on a whim and without much preparation.  It took us a while to figure out where all the sights were hidden, but we eventually found all the key historic landmarks.

Of all the things we saw, my favorite was the Catholic mission whose role during the slave trade was to ransom slaves and set them free.  What an amazing picture of the gospel!  Although to a much lesser extent, the church paid a price to free slaves in the same way that Jesus did.  The museum had little to say about the church’s role in the spiritual health of the ransomed slaves, but I can imagine that there would have been fertile ground for the gospel.  Today Bagamoyo is predominantly Muslim and it is unclear if the church is still operational.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed seeing this picture of the gospel during our visit.

I am still experimenting/having fun with the video editing software.  Below is a video of a different style than the others (it’s narrated!) which summarizes our day trip to Bagamoyo.

Mark 10:45  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.