Tuesday, August 13, 2013

“You are never strong enough that you don't need help.” ― César Chávez

There are many who believe that when you are about a mighty work of God that evil forces will attack you in many ways to keep you from achieving the wonderful things that God wants to be done.  It would be hard for me to argue with those right now.  Some of the most incredibly positive things we have done here have happened and many more are beginning.  The meeting in Arusha (see blog for Friday, August 9th) is just one among many.  We have groups of Anglican missionaries coming to stay with us; we have a German charity that will host a one week seminar here on natural medicines for the poor; we are working more closely with the group protecting albino children here; we have a group of international students from Dar Es Salaam planning to come to teach AIDS education here; and we have a current 50 biosand filter order with promises of more to come.  However, this morning our only car blew up and will need a new radiator, cylinder head, and some other repairs.  I had promised to try to raise the money to send 14 of our pastors and evangelists to the first combined Methodist Synod Meeting in Arusha in September.  Now, we are dead in the water.  We had to spend over $300 on Karen's accident in Mwanza the day I flew to Arusha.  We will need a minimum of $1,500 to repair the car (20 years old but still doing well except for the current severe problems) and another $1,500 to get all our representatives to the Synod in Arusha (next year's will be here in Bunda) and we only have about $200 in the bank here and less than that in the bank in the U.S.  We desperately need money to continue our mission and the car problems could leave us truly dead in the water regarding our ability to continue our mission.  John is working through his friends and I am desperately seeking help from ours.  I will be asking the One Book Foundation for assistance but I don't know how much they will be capable of sending.  We are also asking by direct email for contributions through PayPal which reach us very quickly.  We are so close to not only continuing all the good things we have done and are doing, but to expanding almost explosively our ability to spread Christianity throughout Tanzania.  If you want to contribute through PayPal--PayPal directions:  Go to this URL:   https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online  
In the box marked "Send money to" you write: jcwiggi@gmail.com    which is my son's account and deposits the money directly into my account.  We have used this in the U.S. the U.K. and several other countries quite successfully.  Only Germany seems to have difficulty with it, but PayPal deducts nothing from the contributions, so all the money goes to our projects.  You can also help by sending funds to The One Book Foundation, 1910 Old Wire Road, Fayetteville, AR 72703 (this is the 501(3c) foundation that provides funding for us).  I absolutely hate to ask for money but this problem is big enough to almost stop all we are doing.  We need your help.   Explain to anyone you know about what we are doing and why we need the money.  There is no such thing as a donation too small.  If you can only send $5, $10, or $25, we will gratefully receive whatever is sent and thank God and ask His blessings on you for helping.  If you look back through the years I have been writing this blog, I don't think you will find a single one that asks for direct donations.  I apologize for this, but I do not apologize for the needs that we have or for the wonders of God that this will work for our mission.  Forgive me for being this brash, but Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive," so this is us asking.  The picture at right is the car after it blew up near Kiabakari.  Today, it is being towed to Musoma but not much can be done if we can't pay the bills (and I still owe $500 for the new windshield the man in Mwanza was gracious enough to let me pay out as I can).   God bless you for all your prayers.  We truly believe we are about our Father's business and refuse to let this stop our work.

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