Friday, November 8, 2013
“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.” ― Hyman G. Rickover
Shaban and I spent the day trying to get new copies of the original car ownership documents I managed to lose over the last six years. Can't sell the doctor our old car without the original ownership papers, but I lost them, so we went back and forth between the revenue office and the police station, signing papers acknowledging that I was the idiot who lost the papers but owned the car and needed new papers so I could sell it. Seems simple enough, but there was always one form they didn't have or the person we needed was at tea and we needed to come back or we were missing a number that we actually had. I'm told only the French have a more frustrating bureaucracy, but really doubt it. In the end, we had done everything they asked of us, but the final person we needed to stamp the papers was out in his village and would be back Tuesday. It is not impossible to keep smiling and being polite through all this, but it is difficult. We will go back next Tuesday even though the doctor wanted to buy the car this afternoon. Ah well, TIA (this is Africa). I did meet a truly inspiring missionary from Australia that we have known for several years. She had to go back to her country to battle breast cancer, surgery, chemo, and all that, but she is back here serving God and smiling. Just being around her always makes me feel better and want to be a better missionary. We did run into the folks who sold us our new(er) car and they were able to see it with a new paint job and snorkel--and they were impressed. Even took pictures of it to show their kids. That was the nice thing about the day, the ride to and from Musoma was a very nice one. Now, we are getting ready to ship the biosand filters next week and Karen is working to print color directions for the care and use of the filters to go with each one. We are proud and excited about the filter project and hope it leads to more. God has always had pleasant surprises for us ever since we came here. He doesn't disappoint.