Tuesday, September 2, 2014
“You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.” — Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
John is leaving for San Francisco in the morning, leaving Tanzania for the first time in eight years. He came for a one-week visit in 2006 and has been here ever since. He has taught sanitation and hygiene, managed the mission, brought water to three villages by paying for and installing a deep-water pump. He has built soccer fields, raised puppies, nursed sick dogs till they passed and buried them with dignity. He is a hero to the local children and loves to take walks around the village taking pictures. He has taught computer programming, troubleshooting, networking, and has helped local government, the phone company, and our internet provider by keeping the internet up and operating for our area. He has helped other missionaries with their computer problems and played with their children. We have internet thanks to him, and a way to watch television and movies. I’m not sure we can do without him for sixteen days, but we will struggle through. He will get to celebrate his 40th birthday with his older brother in San Jose and will then stay to celebrate his brother’s birthday on the 11th. His brother works for Google, so I’m sure they will tour that as well as ride bikes and go to the beach. When he gets back into Arusha on the 13th, he will stay at Pete’s for several days because Pete needs him to help network his new computer set up. Several friends have given Pete computers for his “Leaders of Tomorrow” but he needs John so that the computers can all talk to each other and do the same things without causing damage. Right up John’s alley. We will see John again on the 19th when he flied back to Mwanza. This is a well-earned and well-deserved trip for him and I am thankful that my mother left enough in her estate to pay for the trip. It will probably be a long time before there is another. Getting Wiggins brothers together reaches critical mass in a hurry, so if you live in the San Francisco area, be on your toes for the next couple of weeks. We will pray him there and back, of course, but would please ask that you add your prayers for a safe and meaningful trip for him. We really need him back, so don’t stop praying till you see that he has returned. Thank you for all you have done for us over the years. Words just seem so inadequate, but it’s all we’ve got. Surround my son with your prayers and his mother and I can rest easy till he returns. God bless you.