Thursday, November 26, 2015

“Keep your head up and heart open. And make "Thank You" your mantra of life!” ― Abhishek Kumar

On this Thanksgiving without being surrounded by family or roasting a turkey, we still remember all of those in the United States and around the world without whom we would never have been able to accomplish what we have.  Karen, John, and I are very, very thankful for you, for each and every one of you.  You who are reading this blog and for those who have never read it, but who have left their imprint on our mission.  There are over a hundred people who have traveled thousands of miles to come here and do mission work and to work on the mission itself.  There would be no mission, no buildings, no training sessions, no biosand filters, no pastor training, no evangelism because everything we have done and are doing here is because of support from you.  You who have read the blog, commented on our Facebook and Google+ posts.  You who have prayed for us and carried and still carry us in your hearts.   Thanks to the woman who gave us $25,000 worth of Wal-Mart stock so we could dig our well and build the first two buildings.  Thanks to those who had mission fairs at their churches and raised enough money to build an entire guest cottage and to send over sixty Christian students through teacher’s college.  Thanks to those who have been here and to those who have never been here, yet send us boxes of supplies and things we need two or three times a year, year after year.  Thanks to those who work on The One Book Foundation to keep money coming and to provide help in emergencies.  Thanks to every person who has sent school supplies, sent money for Swahili Bibles and treated mosquito nets.  We sincerely thank every one who has kept our spirits up with their encouragement and prayers.  Thanks to those who put us on their church’s mission budget—and have kept us there.  I wrote the other day that all we really do here is plant the seeds for trees whose shade we will never see, but it’s you who send us the seeds and keep us inspired to keep planting when common sense and logic tells us to leave and take care of ourselves first.  Thank you to all those who have gone before us in foreign missions who gave us role models for how to behave, work, and love the people here.  A very special thank you to Charles MacDonald who told me the key to a successful ministry (or mission) is very simple—love your people and live your faith.  Those words are also our gift to you.  If you love Christ’s children and live your faith, you will be beloved by God and will hear the only words I want to hear upon reaching heaven, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”  As far as we’re concerned, it is because so many of you have been and are good and faithful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ that we are able to carry on God’s work here in Tanzania.  Thank you.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving for those who live in America, and for our friends from other countries, we thank you, too, and remember you especially on this day.
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