Sunday, December 23, 2012

Quote of the Day:   “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,  whispering 'it will be happier'...” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson 

Gave the gifts of life and hope today.  Shaban found us two families, one Christian and one Muslim that really needed help.  Both families had lost a husband and father to malaria in the last two months.  The mothers were from distant parts of Tanzania and the fathers had no extended families anywhere nearby, so both now fatherless families had no one to turn to for support.  The gifts of two goats to each family means life and hope and something to do from now on.  It means the children will eat and have the means to attend school.  The goats will provide milk, meat, and income as they are bred and more goats are born.  It is impossible to convey how happy, grateful, and excited the women and children were.  They knew what a hard road they had to walk without these goats.  They have no idea who gave them, not even if their benefactors were from Tanzania or not which is how we wanted it.  We will sleep so much better on Christmas eve knowing that for at least this Christmas, these two families will eat, and love, and look forward to the coming year.  A friend of mine posted on Facebook that no one mentioned how much fun it was to give.  We say amen to that.  Check out the picture to the right and click on it for others.

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