Friday, May 27, 2016

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the High Court Justices was ill and the other was out of town, so our court case has been continued until July 7th—yet again.  We are told not to worry, that the case is already won, but it just won’t be permanently recorded until the it’s finally pronounced whenever the court can get around to it.  It costs us about $800 for every time we have to have all three bishops there, and the court doesn’t cover any of our costs—they all come out of my pocket.  This is the fourth time we’ve had a continuance, but that happens in every country, and we have a new president that wants all the really important cases cleared as soon as possible and ours isn’t considered important—except to us.  Doesn’t help to get mad, and there is no recourse, so we just suck it up and trudge ahead.  At least we are not being bothered by the Kenyan Church while this is going on, so our service to God continues without pause.  John is heading to Mwanza today to work on the rural solar project until he flies to Dar Es Salaam tomorrow afternoon to earn some more money to keep the solar project afloat.  Karen is going with him to Mwanza but will be coming back to Bunda this afternoon after getting her hair done and doing some shopping.  Shaban flew back into Mwanza yesterday afternoon from Dar Es Salaam with our receipts for our Labor Board permits and rode the bus back to Bunda, but didn’t get in till around eight last night.  Today, he will drive John and Karen to Mwanza leaving here at six in the morning.  No rest for the weary.  At least, John and I got our labor board permits (receipts in hand) which will be issued in a few weeks.  My residence permit has already expired, but the Chief of Immigration says everything is cool and if I have to leave the country, he will personally stamp my passport to show the renewal.  
     The bathroom is completed out in the computer lab and school, so Karen and John are working out there more and more.  John told me he installed windows yesterday, but I was shocked as we are Apple and Linux users, but he didn’t mean Microsoft Windows, he meant the kind with glass and screens.  Karen is going to turn her office into an art studio now that it has windows, so if I want to see them, I will have to get better so I can walk to where they are.  I’m getting there, maybe not as fast as I want, but faster than the doctor thought.  My blood pressure is back to normal, my type 2 diabetes is gone (change of diet does wonders), and aside from the pain of lingering torn ligaments in my right ankle, I am just peachy.  I’m upset about the all the court continuances because it is draining money that could be spent on Bibles, bicycles for evangelists, training sessions, mosquito nets—you get the picture, but there are things over which we have no control.  It’s at times like these I need to remember the Serenity Prayer that Reinhold Niebuhr wrote:  

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference.

(this is all that most people know, but there is more to the prayer, not a lot, but here’s the rest—)

Living one day at a time; 
enjoying one moment at a time; 
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it; 
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will; 
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next. 

That works for me and hopefully for you as well.

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