Friday, June 21, 2013

Quote of the Day:  “Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.” ― Khaled Hosseini (author of "The Kite Runner")

Today was the last day of school for the little ones at Santa Caryn Pierce Academy that meets here on our grounds (it starts again on July 8th).  Some parents came, but most of the children are orphans.  They were so happy and so proud to show off what they have learned.  The teachers were proud, and the few parents that were here were also proud.  These kids always brighten my day no matter what my mood because they are so full of joy and hope.  They don't know how poor they are or how poor the country they live in is.  They don't know that they probably won't live past the age of 42 or that malaria may kill half of them before they are ten years old.  Right now, today, they are excited about the future and that makes me excited about the future.  We cannot turn our backs on these kids because they can turn the future around for themselves and the rest of Tanzania.  Karen told them that she expects them to come back for her English class so that they can continue beyond primary school, and I'll bet that all of them do just that.  There are about thirty five of these kids here, and we feed them every morning--two hot cups of ujii (nutritious porridge).  We feed them more than that but they feed us, too.  We do what we can for them and could do more with more funding, of course, but that's not up to us.  That's up to those who care about all of God's children and remember Christ's words about offering even a cup of water to one of these.  God bless them, every one.
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