Monday, January 19, 2015
“For it is in giving that we receive.” ― Francis of Assisi
I forget to tell you about PayPal yesterday like I promised. Sorry, I will fix that today, but first, in the middle of all of John’s computer work with people all over the world, he has decided to start a pumpkin patch here. The only problem is that on the seed package it says to wait till after the first frost—so he may never get to plant them in equatorial Africa. If we have a first frost, the end of the world will probably be near. To help us via PayPal: You first go to PayPal.com and then look for a link that says “Send Money” or words to that effect. When you get to the send money part, it will ask you for an email address and you fill in this one: firstname.lastname@example.org That is John’s email that is set up especially for PayPal, and if you have a PayPal account, they will ask for the amount you want to send. If you don’t have a PayPal account, they will ask for credit card information. This is the fastest way to get money to us. It shows up in our account in about three or four days. You need to remember a couple of things, though. One is to tell us what you project or effort you want to help or if not, tell us it can go to anything. We are very careful to spend donated money for what it is intended and usually can send pictures of the mosquito nets, Swahili Bibles, or food for orphans, so you can see the effects of your giving. The other thing you have to remember is money given through PayPal is not tax deductible. If you need a tax deduction, you need to send it to The One Book Foundation, 1910 Old Wire Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701. That is the address of Sequoyah United Methodist Church and they have been very gracious to allow us to use their services to help finance our work here. You will get a letter from the One Book Foundation with its tax exempt number in it for you to use with your taxes. We have many people who give small amounts every month (and there is no amount too small to help us here) through PayPal every month or maybe just once or twice a year, but it works no matter where you live on the globe and they convert your money for you, so it is a nice, easy, and fast way to contribute—just no tax write-off. Our total income from Social Security and our retirements is about one-third of the salary of the average United Methodist Bishop and of course we have no insurance or housing allowance either. Out of what we get, we put 80% into the mission and its work, living on only 20% of our annual income. We can do that here because Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and things just don’t cost much—except diesel for which we pay $7.00 a gallon no matter what is happening with OPEC or the rest of the world. It costs us over $30 to make one 40 mile round trip to Musoma, so you can understand why we don’t travel a lot. Still, we don’t make enough to do all of our projects and would be really hurting except for the money from the One Book Foundation, PayPal, and others who support our work here with and for the children and others who live in the darkness caused by not having the light of the Holy Spirit in their lives. We do what we can, where we are, with what we have. You can help us by increasing what we have, and if you do, God bless you and thank you, thank you, thank you.