Friday, April 26, 2013


Quote of the Day:   We must try to contribute joy to the world," said Roger Ebert. "That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."

Roger Ebert, in the quote above, has hit the nail on the head.  This is certainly the philosophy of Karen, John, and I.  We have health issues, we live in one of the poorest countries in the world, and we have very little money.  Yet, as Roger says, we must try.  This is what we do every day--we try.  We may not succeed at everything we try to do, but that must not dissuade us from trying.  We do succeed at many, many things and there are many orphans, babies, and pregnant mothers who are alive today because we have tried.  And I don't mean just us, I mean everyone who has come here and helped, everyone who has prayed for us and our mission, and everyone who has contributed financially to help us along.  There are over thirty Christian teachers working in Tanzania thanks to our (mostly your) efforts.  There are children getting educations, there are children learning English, there are new churches, there are Swahili Bibles in the hands of those who can read them, there are over 1,000 newly baptized Christians and nine new churches because we, and you, have tried.  We are happy in spite of our ailments and the poverty and disease that surrounds us because we have contributed joy to this world with your help.  We will continue to try as long as we can draw breath.  We invite you to continue to pray for us and to support our efforts here.  We can't promise success but we can promise to make the attempt, over and over if necessary.  It's not the succeeding that gives us success, it's the trying.  Thank you Roger and may you rest in a well-deserved peace.  (Roger Ebert passed away this year)

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