Tuesday, July 6, 2010
There are always times when we feel like we have done nothing here. These are the low times. The times when it seems like we are sick all the time and using precious money to pay for doctors and hospitals when it should have been going to mission activities. Then there are the times when we realize we may have done something significant. A three-day workshop, a group from America that changes lives in a one or two week visit. We forget about the scholarships and school fees that change both education here in Tanzania and the personal lives of the students and their families. We get frustrated with never ending car repairs and slow as molasses bureaucracy. Then we hear from a doctor how two of our water filters had effectively killed cholera in a village. Buying a plot of land for a church for less than $100 does not seem like much to us, but for the church it is a future and hope for a village. We get so depressed over all the illness and death that affects so many of our friends and staff and ourselves, but we provide mosquito nets that save lives and teach villages how to live both healthier and safer. There are churches where none existed, hundreds of new Christians, training for pastors and evangelists, and the advancement of the Kingdom of God that would not have happened had we not been here. What I'm saying is that the loneliness, malaria, typhoid, dysentery, surgeries without anesthesia, tuberculosis, and all the rest are worth it, and we would do it again in a heartbeat. We are living on fixed incomes and could do next to nothing were it not for the support, encouragement, prayers, gifts of time and energy, as well as financial support that we receive in abundance from our friends, the churches that support us, our families, and the board of the One Book Foundation, just to name a few. Thank you for praying for us and our mission. Without you, there would be no mission. God bless each and every one of you. We plan to live here till we die, but weep not for us, we have been blessed to have been serving God as He called us to serve.