Sunday, February 9, 2014
“Our friends have a way of reminding us of how fabulous we are when the rest of the world has forgotten.” ― Mandy Hale
The picture at the right is of Karen and Cami Smith of South Carolina on one of her visits here in 2009. Cami, like most who come here, fell in love with the people and our work. She and her husband, Chris (a professional photographer), have come twice and brought groups both times. Many of those who come, even though they can’t keep coming back, never forget us and continue to support us with prayers, financial gifts, and care packages over the years (we also get care packages from some who have never been here), but Cami’s packages are always special. She always includes stuff that is uniquely South Carolinian like Charleston Chews candy and grits. Sadly, the church that sent two groups with her and her husband disbanded (as churches sometimes do) and we lost the support of the whole church. We don’t have many whole churches who support us (we are budget items on only two—both in Arkansas), but we have wonderful friends like Cami who not only continue to support but write encouraging emails and find other ways to bolster our spirits. Oh, there was no blog yesterday because I was in Musoma downloading a new operating system that took eight hours to download on a fast connection (if you don’t understand some of those words, ask a teenager). I ended up having to stay the night in a minus one star hotel with no tv and only a half of a roll of toilet paper, but I made it through all right. Also, on Friday, my crown fell out again, and there was a third-year dental student in Musoma who was able to glue it back in again yesterday, so I’m good to go even if I could only eat hard-boiled eggs for dinner last night. We are so blessed and so grateful to have friends like Cami (and others) in the U.S. and elsewhere to keep us going and to let us know every know and then that God is still pleased with what we are doing here. Facebook helps us keep up, too, but people come and go on that social network, so we have lost touch with some. Still, every single one is in our prayers and our thoughts every day.