Thursday, September 27, 2012
Quote of the Day: “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” ― Amy Wilson-Carmichael
From the first time we came to Tanzania, we have been giving. Many others have been giving with us and through us and without them none of this would have been possible, so whenever I say "we" I am including all of those who have come here, supported us with prayers and financial gifts, and included us in their church budgets. We, in that sense, have been giving for nine years. We have been training pastors and evangelists, giving much to the church in terms of guidance, financial support, and teaching. We have given workshops in sanitation and hygiene for many, many villages. Some of the things we have given are pictured at the right and clicking on that picture takes you to more pictures of what we have been doing here. We have given libraries, books, desks, have started schools, have helped build schools, and are running two schools on the mission grounds. We have given individual and group scholarships from nursery schools up to teacher's colleges. We have given biosand water filters, pumps, wells, and instruction on how to use same--all in an attempt to stop cholera and to give the people here happier, healthier lives. We have given sacks of corn to starving villages and goats to poor families that needed both food and an income source. We have given mosquito nets by the hundreds and Bibles by the box full spreading the Word of God throughout Tanzania. We have taught sewing and given sewing machines to help start small businesses in the villages. We have designed and given uniforms to school children. We have given materials and equipment to clinics and hospitals. We have given employment to hundreds for construction projects and long-term employment to at least ten individuals to help us run the mission for the last eight years. This is not a complete list, but you get the idea. Yes, we have given much, Karen, John, me, all the mission groups who have been here to help, and all those who have given money, time, energy, and prayers to support the work here. But the greatest gift has been given to those who have been giving. No one knows it better than John, Karen, and I, but it has been for everyone. We have received the love of God and the love of His children here in Tanzania. We have all been given the gift of knowing what life is really all about. And, speaking for the three of us, and I'm sure many more as well, we are and will be eternally grateful. Thanks be to God for all that is good.