Saturday, May 4, 2013
Quote of the Day: “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” -- Frederick Buechner
What a joy I had today! Every now and then you get to be in the one place in the world you really want to be and have some moments of sheer joy. I was blessed today to be with a host of people celebrating the lives of albino children in Tanzania. Albinos here are persecuted, attacked, killed, and maimed in the name of superstition and false belief. They already suffer from bad eyesight and eye related maladies as well as skin cancer and serious sunburn. The event today was to celebrate the lives of these albino children and to show to their parents, friends, relatives, and villagers that they are children of God and worthy to be loved and protected. There were government officials there as this was part of a nationwide celebration as well as representatives of the churches who were also assisting. The Red Cross, the Baptists, the Catholics, and the Methodists lead the way in caring for and loving these children. They were given gifts of sunblock and soothing skin cream and special soap from the government and other agencies. The government also fed the several hundred in attendance at the Serengeti Stop Over near Lamadi. Collins, the head teacher and pastor at St. Wiggins Academy was there as was I. I made a speech that inspired Shaban to step up and deliver one, too. There was a lot of happiness there, and I was blessed to be a part of it. We need more sunglasses and sunblock for these kids if you want to put together a care package. Do not put a value on the package above $20 or we won't be able to get it out of customs. The picture at right is just one of five. You can see all the others by simply clicking on the picture at the right. It was a good day. It was a God day.