Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Quote of the Day:   “Being faithful in the smallest things is the way to gain, maintain, and demonstrate the strength needed to accomplish something great.” ― Alex Harris

My father and my father-in-law were both men of their word.  That is a rare thing in today's world, but it is also what I believe--that if you say you will do a thing, then you do it, whatever the cost or inconvenience.  I was not always a man of my word but for the last thirty years and until I die I will remain so.  It was quite a surprise therefore, to discover that my new German friend from yesterday, Dr. Martin Hirt, returned today as he said he would.  He had also said he would bring some natural medication as a gift for my wife as it frequently helps those with fibromyalgia and in about one third of the cases actually cures it.  He brought the medication which is made from a plant that grows right here on our mission grounds.  In powder form, the amount he gave us costs about $500, but it was a gift.  We also made plans for the first seminar to be held here in November.  He wanted six months lead time, so he could advertise it on the internet.  He is a remarkable man who worked as a missionary in the Congo for six years (he's 62 now) and started the Anamed charity back in 1986.  He brought us printed material and posters as well as returning with our neighbor, Philip, who will be teaching the seminar and who immediately began showing us the plants we already have that are useful as natural medications.  We will be giving Philip a biosand filter and committed to giving all the seminar participants mosquito nets as our part of the project.  Karen is already taking the medicine he brought as a tea (pretty bitter, she says), but she will take it as directed because bitter is better than pain.  John was pretty excited about the whole thing as well as Shaban.  We don't know where this is going, but we are going there together as God guides us.  God doesn't require much, but does require obedience and availability and we are happy to be both.
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