Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Karen looked at my "then and now" pictures from yesterday's blog and pointed out that some of my "now" pictures were two years old--judging from how short the trees were.  Hence, today's blog.  Many of you who follow this blog have never been to Maisha Na Maji (living water), so I put together a slide show for you.  I had John stand in the center of the mission station and start taking pictures around in a circle.  In the summer of 2005, everything you see was just an abandoned, furrowed potato field.  Every building and every plant dates from August 2005 and on.  Edina and Paul take care of the buildings and grounds (other than our house) and are responsible for the planting, landscaping, and design of the grounds.  We moved in here in January of 2006 and slowly began work on the place.  One of Edina's first jobs was to level the ground and get rid of all the furrows.  You can see from the pictures that the land slopes away from the hills that separate us from the Serengeti.  Much of the work was done by mission groups who came from Arkansas and Oklahoma.  They helped build buildings and get the grass growing and put the bricks and gravel in place.  The sixteen members of Martha McCandless' family worked on the edu/tech center and planted trees around the church and inside our grounds just last January.  We have been really blessed since we came here with only two suitcases, $8,000, and a lot of faith. We have been here almost four years now, and all that you see in these pictures is the result of your prayers, your gifts, your service, and your faith in our mission.  Thank you is inadequate, but it is all I've got.  May God bless each and every one of you.  
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