Saturday, July 7, 2012
Quote of the Day: When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it...always! -Ghandi
There were just three Americans here on the Fourth of July, but we did not forget, nor will we, that our freedom was won by others willing to give their lives so that we could be free. Without that freedom, we would not be here, doing what we are doing. We didn't have to ask permission from anyone in America to come here because we were free to follow God's call. Today is Independence Day for Tanzania, going back, not over 200 years like in America, but just fifty years. For all its faults, Tanzania is a free democracy where the people know that they can become whatever they want to--if they are willing to work and to follow their call. We are helping Edina (our gardener) to get her daughter through nursing school, and she, Paulina, will graduate in 2013 as fully certified registered nurse. She will be eligible for jobs that pay up to 500,000 Tsh a month (about $400) instead of 30,000 Tsh a month (about $20). She will become part of the middle class and will be able to help her family. Not possible fifty years ago, but possible today as we celebrate Saba Saba (literally 7 7) or the seventh day of the seventh month. We pray for all those yearning to be free and thank God for our own freedom.