Wednesday, October 2, 2013
“Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the 'Grass is Greener on the other side of the fence' syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence.” ― Douglas Adams
Our Australian Anglican mission contingent have left on their safari and then home. They left about 5:30 this morning, so John was there to see them off, but not I. There were nineteen in total with seven more who live and serve here in Bunda. The picture at the right is of the complete group. They did a whole lot of good, and, according to at least two of them, "left better people than when we came." We hope some of them make it back because they were sure a lift to our spirits as well as all those they served. This morning, Karen, with Shaban as translator and Neema and the teachers of St. Caryn's had a meeting with all the guardians, external family members, and parents of the kids from the preschool. It is important at every Tanzanian meeting that every person get to speak, even if they are repeating what someone else has already said, and this meeting was no different. We did learn how happy they are about the children's learning as well as some issues with which we needed to deal. There was much laughing, clapping, and serious talk, but it was all to the good as the school will be better as a result. There was a big turn-out for a work/school day and we were very pleased. They didn't want to leave when the meeting was over which is a sign of how much they liked what was going on. They all know how important education is and are so very happy that these kids are having this opportunity. It was a good thing. It was a God thing. Keep the Australian mission team in your prayers as they travel through the Serengeti and then on to home. We will miss them.