Saturday, June 4, 2016

“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.” ― Thomas Merton

The things that fall into our laps are frequently dropped there by God.  John has been in Dar Es Salaam all week to help a hotel owner, so John can raise money to help finance his rural solar projects.  John has been such an influence on the hotel owner that he has started a program (with John’s help) to put cheap computers based on Raspberry-Pi in elementary schools and to put slightly more expensive computers in the secondary schools based on Odroid (see picture at the right).  Now the Raspberry-Pi is made in England, so John has been told he may be making a trip there in the fall.  The Odroid is made in South Korea and so John has been invited back to Dar Es Salaam in July to meet the South Korean Ambassador to Tanzania.  John’s also been told he may be taking a trip to South Korea before too long.  This school/computer thing was never on John’s list of things to do in Dar Es Salaam, but when God opens a door, I think it’s best to go through it.  God has opened more than a few doors for me, and the ones I didn’t walk through—He later threw me through, so walking is the best way.  John is a great teacher, a devout Christian, and may be changing the face of education in Tanzania, but that’s up to God and him.  Long ago, I stopped being amazed at what he could do and how much he has done to advance the Kingdom of God and to care for and love the people here.  He came to visit for a week over ten years ago and is still here.  I think that this is where God wants and needs him.  Who knew?

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