Things are getting back to normal around here. Juliana had malaria and was out for three days, Shaban had a wedding to attend which wiped him out for a day, and every cutting tool we use outdoors all needed sharpening yesterday. Juliana is back at work, Shaban is home resting because weddings here start around three in the afternoon and last until three in the morning, and the sharpening guy that uses a peddle-driven sharpener has returned all our tools sharper than ever for about $3.00. Not bad. The power is out and will be all day. It goes out every day sometimes for just a few minutes or an hour or two, but on week-ends they do work that requires cutting everything off from about eight in the morning to five in the afternoon. We are quite used to it. It costs us about $30 USD to run our generator that long for two days, but it means we can use our computers, refrigerator, television, and lights—in fact everything except the hot water heaters and things that need to make heat, like a coffee pot or hair dryer, so not so bad.
Today, in the church, we are hosting a training session in evangelism and ethics for ten pastors and bishops. One Mennonite bishop and two Mennonite pastors and the rest Methodist. They will spend the night and worship together in the morning before returning to their own parishes. I love that here denominations do not divide but unite to expand the kingdom. The Tanzanian High Court will give its ruling, in writing, on June 24 in Mwanza. Bishop Monto will be going down on the 22nd and we will be paying for his transportation and housing while he is there plus making a payment to the attorney. If we are successful, as we hope to be, then the Methodist Church in Kenya and its representatives here will be liable for all court costs and other expenses we have incurred. We do not expect the church in Kenya to pay anything but the Tanzanians who have been helping them here and who brought the lawsuits will be liable. Those two men have disappeared, I expect they know how the court will rule and are hiding their assets and their persons. We have always said they were welcome here to preach the gospel and have their churches, but they insisted on bringing lawsuits, stealing property, and trying to get Karen, John, and I deported. We are saddened that they have acted badly, but we are pretty sure that the lure of money from Kenya was too strong for them to resist. We will have one of our four in seminary graduate this year and three will continue for one more year. Adding four seminary trained pastors to our denomination is a big step and a good one. Well worth the cost of the bus fare back and forth. We keep on keepin’ on, talkin’ the talk, and walkin’ the walk, and serving our Lord with gladness.