Thursday, November 6, 2014
“Looking back at my life's voyage, I can only say that it has been a golden trip.” ― Ginger Rogers
As I selected today’s quote, I realized that there would only be a few readers who would even know Ginger Rogers. Feminists in the seventies would always say that everything that Fred Astaire did, Ginger Rogers did backwards, and in high heels. Yes, it’s that Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire’s dancing partner, and if you don’t know who Fred Astaire is, you do have Google. Us old folks just have memories of terrific movies. The picture at the right is of the newest addition to our family, Sissie, the Tibetan Terrier. Sissie has been here only a week or two but already has established that she is queen of the house. She has indeed captured our hearts. She sees only the future and a bright one at that full of people who love her and care for her every need. If only every child born into this world could say the same, especially here. We watched a movie last night that I recommend very highly, “The Book Thief” about a young girl in the early days of Nazi Germany who was abandoned by her mother. We are still thinking about it and its implications for us. We came here over nine years ago to help where and when we could. We have done that and then some. We did not come to establish a base for biosand water filters that are now providing clean, safe water to over fifteen thousand people, but we did. We didn’t come to put over thirty thousands books into the libraries in Bunda and Musoma, but we did. We didn’t come to establish computer and solar projects for villages with no electricity, but we have. We did not come to start nine preschools and teach the teachers how to use the Montessori method, but we have. We did come to train pastors and lay pastors and we have done that, too. We didn’t come to build soccer fields, distribute Swahili Bibles and mosquito nets, but we’ve done that as well. Looking back, we (and all those who have assisted us with their physical labors, prayers, and financial support) have built an eleven building mission station with beautiful grounds that even today is being used to expand the Kingdom and reach more people with the message of Jesus Christ through the SIL group that is here. We (and all those with us) have done much, and maybe, just maybe that’s enough, but I don’t think so. I think that like Sissie, we have a lot of future ahead of us filled with service in the name of our Savior. Instead of winding down, Sissie is winding us up, one of those “thank you” notes from God reminding us that we are doing what we promised and are not done yet. Looking back is nice from time to time, but if that is all you do, you will stumble and fall over the obstacles you did not see. Thanks to a little dog, we are indeed looking forward even if Karen has already reached her “three score and ten” and I will soon. Some retire at 65 and some don’t ever retire because the work never goes away, and there are only so many who can do those specific tasks. A blessing and a curse, I guess, but it is what we have done and what we will do. Keep pressing on, forgetting what lies behind, and keep your eyes on the prize that is the heavenly call of Christ Jesus. Paul said that. We believe he knew what he was talking about.