Wednesday, November 6, 2013

“...Jesus saw the eternal in the everyday. Your last day on earth should be spent as you spent all your others-- doing your daily tasks with love and honesty... An ordinary day is, perhaps, the most holy of all.” ― Margaret George

We are back to our usual routine, almost, because we rarely actually have a usual routine.  However, today, Juliana is back, Howa is back, Edina is working outside which she much prefers, and life is almost back to normal.  Shaban is still in Mwanza, but he should be back today or tomorrow with a completely repainted car.  We also added a snorkel for the air cleaner, not that we have to drive through water, but because of the dust.  We found out (by watching the Discovery Channel) that using a snorkel in places where the roads are mostly dirt (like here) the snorkel lowers the amount of dust getting into the air cleaner by almost 45% thus making the engine drive better and having to replace the air cleaner only once a year instead of four or five like we've been doing--not to mention I think it looks pretty cool.  We got word from the U.K. that the biosand filter team will arrive on the island on the 13th of this month, so we will deliver the fifty biosand filters (see picture of three of them at right) on the 14th (my birthday and that of Prince Charles of England--we don't exchange gifts any more).  Shaban will go with them and stay for a week, so he can install and train the teachers in each school on the use and maintenance of the filters.  We are paying for the transportation as our part of this great project, but Shaban will be paid by the team coming for his week of work in Nansio.  At least, that's how I think it's going to happen, but I have miscommunicated several times already on this project, but we have been paid in full, so I hope everything goes smoothly.  Juliana said that there were five bishops and many, many priests and pastors at her sister-in-law's funeral.  She was really loved.  Karen and I helped her husband, Juliana's brother, with his seminary fees and travel costs several years ago.  He is a wonderful man.  It just seems so tragic that with all the malaria and other diseases and bad things that can happen to you here that she died because of a fall in her home.  Hit her head on the edge of a table and died on the way to the hospital.  She will be missed and her husband needs our prayers.  He is taking it rather hard, but how else should he take it?  I will take my wife's death hard if she is 98 when it happens--I love her that much.  No one can lose a loved one and not grieve.  It is the way of life and death on this planet.  
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