Wednesday, April 16, 2014
“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. Even longer,' Pooh answered.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
The picture at the right is of Jimmye Whitfield (on the right in the photo), who was the missionary here in 2002 when she invited us to come to Africa to help build churches. The other woman in the picture is Jimmye’s friend, Mangala, who is from Virginia in the U.S. We had quite an evening last night. Our friends, the Haskins, had first said they would stop and spend the night and then later sent a message that they were heading straight on to Musoma and wouldn’t be stopping in Bunda, after all. They also had been serving in Musoma when Bill and Jimmye were the Methodist missionaries there and had been friends, so we were all sad when Forrest wrote us that they wouldn’t be stopping. So we were quite surprised when they did show up around 7:30 last night. The ferry had held them up for three hours so they would not get to Musoma until after dark and stopped to stay with us after all. We had never seen their new daughter, Crystal, and the six-year-old, Riley, was only two the last time we saw him. They were really surprised to be greeted at the door by Jimmye since they didn’t know she was here. We stayed up talking for quite a while as old friends do when they see each other again after long absences. Saturday morning, the Haskins drove on to Musoma and then to Nairobi. Jimmye and Mangala went to Musoma Sunday for a special Palm Sunday service at the Musoma church. Jimmye and Mangala are both vegetarians, so John is doing some really great cooking, showing off his expertise with vegetables. For tonight, we are having Spanish rice, refried beans, and chapatis and are pretty excited about it. Next Saturday, John and Karen will be flying to Arusha and then on Easter Sunday, Karen will fly back to the U.S. and John will fly back here on Monday. It will be very quiet around here without Karen and I am already missing her but also just a little jealous of the time she will get to spend with our youngest son and our grandchildren. Keep her in your prayers as she travels.