Friday, July 13, 2012

Quote of the Day:   “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” — James Michener

We just got word that Alice has arrived safely in Tanzania and is visiting an orphanage in Arusha to learn how they do it.  She will be here tomorrow and then will preach twice on Sunday at the nearby Baptist church and for a multi-church service in the afternoon.  She is going to be busy, but we are so happy that she is here.  Unlike the quote above, Alice loves the food, respects the customs, embraces the religion, and adores the people.  She is a wonderful missionary and representative of her faith and her home country which is why we are always happy to have her.  Juliana is back today after three days in the hospital with malaria, so we are happy indeed that she has beaten it once again.  Of course, we paid for her medical bills, but they only amounted to about $50--for three days in the hospital!  Say what you want about our medical establishment or lack thereof, but it is awfully cheap for us.  Juliana couldn't have paid that bill, however.  What seems small to us can seem huge to another--it's all about perspective.  Another reason we are glad that Alive is here:  visitors always help us to readjust our perspective in a positive way.  Her two-week visit will seem terribly short.  Pray for her while she is here and traveling.
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