Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quote of the Day:   What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.  - Albert Pine

Second day of the workshop went very well indeed.  John did another wonderful job of teaching about nutrition in Swahili, and Alice did her usual great job of teaching.  The men and women attending were asking deep and probing questions which is a good sign that they are hearing and understanding.  Today, each attendee got a pretreated mosquito net--a big one--that can protect a mother and one or two children for up to five years.  We have distributed over 1,000 of these nets since we have been living here.  More exciting, at least in the squeals of happiness, came this afternoon as dresses, underwear, shirts, shorts, and skirts were given to the orphans from the three Baptist churches.  Charlini also got some clothes because she, too, is an orphan, although a very much loved one.  Friday, John, Shaban, and Alice are going out to Karikakari to douse, check the well, scout out a soccer field, and see what other needs they have.  Pastor Festo is very excited about them coming and has been calling every day to make sure the trip is still on.  What the quote above doesn't say is how much fun it is to give, whether teaching sanitation, giving clothes to orphans, or bringing hope to a village.  Two doctors came today to fix me up and things are back on track, but I will have external plumbing for another month at least.  Sigh.  Keep us in your prayers.
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