Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." --Franklin P. Jones

Well, now we know how many Tanzanians and how many Americans it takes to shampoo four dogs and apply flea and tick medication--five.  One Tanzanian for each dog and John to apply the medication.  The picture at the right has one dog that has since moved to heaven and been replaced by a puppy the size of her mother.  Tanzanians are normally afraid of dogs, and our dogs are normally afraid of baths.  After it's all over, the men are all wet, sudsy, sweaty, and unhappy.  Three of the dogs are just fine once it's over, but one bears a grudge, and I think we will have to sedate her or the men before we do this again--and she's the smallest of the four but oh so aggressive--if there is soap and water involved.  Come to think of it, I think Karen and I may need sedation the next time we try this.  Life is so non-boring here.  Several new kids turned up at the school today figuring that if they were going to get uniforms, they wouldn't mind attending.  Karen had to send them away since school started two months ago and they would never catch up.  Once, on a mission trip to the Amazon, some of the woman thought they would buy shoes for the kids in the village.  There were only thirty kids, so we took the boat into town and bought thirty pairs of shoes.  When they lined up to get the new shoes the next day, there were sixty kids in line (a couple of other villages sent their kids over).  To the women's credit they kept going back and buying shoes until they had purchased over ninety pairs of shoes, but by golly every kid within five miles had new shoes.  It's part of the math you have to figure in if you start feeding or clothing children in need.  We can't take care of everyone, but we do the best we can, and sometimes, we have to turn some away.  It is one of the hardest things we have to do, but we always do as much as we can with what we have and pray for forgiveness and more support.  It's what being a missionary is all about.
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