Friday, October 10, 2014
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” ― Louis L’Amour
As Karen and I both get older and have to struggle with the physical limitations that come from aging, we begin to think about the end of things. Except that things not only never seem to end, it seems that there are endless beginnings all around us. I am watching Edina and Francis working on the yellow sweet potatoes that Karen is reintroducing to Tanzania. Yesterday, while Karen was getting her new crown work started, I met with the bishops that were here as they are beginning to draft a new constitution for the united churches and exploring the possibilities that lay ahead. There will be more preschools at more Methodist churches using the Montessori method. The bishops were overwhelmed by what they saw at St. Penny’s yesterday and all want to put this wonderful new information to use in their churches. Our old internet provider is no more having been taken over by the national phone company. We end one relationship only to begin another one. It also seems that every time we end one thing to begin another, the new thing is better than the old one, or, maybe that is just the way it seems because we tend to look ahead with excitement and anticipation. If you remember, earlier this year we trained some people to make biosand filters to take to the Masaai people. They were so successful that I got word the other day that they will be training even more people in Mwanza for two weeks to take the biosand filter production effort to cover even more of Tanzania (there is already a project going on in the Congo that we helped begin). We started with just one filter eight years ago, and now there are over 500 in three countries. We also seem to be in the middle of an exciting time for the Methodist Church in Tanzania, as well as in education of orphans and others at our preschools (nine now from just one three years ago), helping in agriculture with yellow sweet potatoes, and John is doing innovative things with small, cheap computers that can change the face of technology here. I can’t help but think that my life is winding down, but God seems to believe that I am much stronger and more able than I could possibly be. I guess it’s a good thing that He’s in charge and not me. There is no person who cannot suddenly begin to change himself/herself and the world around them for the better. When you graduate from college or high school, it marks the end of one thing but the beginning of the rest of your life—which will be filled with endings and beginnings. It sure seems that we are not ending anything here—only beginning, no matter how much we hurt or how hard it is for us to do things. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called—even when you think that that is just impossible.