Sunday, August 10, 2014

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Today’s blog is just full to the brim with joy.  After the hammer blow of finding that the tuition at the teachers college had doubled, leaving us without the money to send four more poor students through—God intervened.  First in the form of my sister who volunteered to adopt one new, needy student and pay for her all the way through her two years of college.  Then, my wife insisted that we do the same, so we now have two, new, needy, Christian students who will become teachers in two years.  An email arrived from the One Book Foundation that said they would pay for the other two new ones.  The picture at the right is not the new students, but they represent the four new students, two of whom will be women.  To date, the balance is in favor of the men, but not by much.  Of the sixty-two Christian teachers we have helped graduate, twenty-five have been women.  Those who have contributed to this program have much for which to be proud.  These students leave here with a positive glow, they are so grateful and so happy to become teachers.  The four that were hear last week got their money for this term’s tuition and showed up yesterday to clean our grounds as a way of saying thank you.  We are happy and blessed, but that is not all the good news.  Perhaps even better news came from the Congo.  I got this text message yesterday:
    “Hi Bishop.  This is Phillip writing from Kinshasha, Congo DRC.  I am glad that yesterday I succeeded in making a good biosand filter.  It will be the first of many.  Thank you and God bless you.”
       Phillip trained here and we had to make a special mold that we could ship to the Congo where each piece weighed less than twenty kilos.  A normal mold can be broken down into three parts, but one of those parts normally weighs thirty kilos.  Shaban figured out a way to use thinner steel in some non-essential areas, and we got the weight down to eighteen kilos.  We tested it here to make sure the biosand filters would be of the same quality, and it worked perfectly.  We were then able to ship it to Kinshasha (the capitol of the DRC), and, three days later, we got the text from Phillip.  We also had word that the mold we sent with the e3 Partners for their work with the Masaai people was also producing good biosand filters.  This means that people in three countries are now getting clean, safe drinking water thanks to the program that Jerry Buckingham started here back in 2006.  God is good.  All the time.
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