Sunday, January 4, 2009
We had quite a lot of activity here with Martha's family--all sixteen of them. The men worked on the educational facility moving large rocks, mixing concrete, and pouring forms. The women worked on processing books for the library. The children (and their parents) planted trees around the church (pictures on website) in memory of Mr. Patrobo who died recently. Adults and children led a Bible School for about fifty kids for two days, and both Martha's son, Spencer, and her daughter-in-law, Rhonda, (missionaries in Indonesia) led Bible studies for adults on successive days. They weren't here long, but they made a real difference in our mission. I also included pictures of Bishop Monto and myself in our new, purple, bishop's shirts. Purple is reserved for bishops, but ministers can wear any other color from black to blue to green, etc. All sixteen left today, stopping first at Lamadi for church where I believe Spencer preached, then on to Mwanza. Early tomorrow they fly to Zanzibar for a couple of days and then back to the U.S. Karen, John, and I stayed behind because we have five German missionaries coming in later today from Kenya, but we had a wonderful time with Martha's clan--maybe because they are such wonderful people.