Thursday, July 7, 2016

“Peace is our gift to each other.” ― Elie Wiesel

     Today is a national holiday here known as Saba Saba or seven/seven for the seventh day of the seventh month.  Why it is a holiday is a good question for Google because it is not easy to explain.  Still, we pay everyone who works today a two-day pay bonus, so everyone works which you will understand if you Google the holiday—not really a big deal.  Shaban is on his way to Musoma to deliver a biosand filter to a new American missionary there who works with the Bible translators.  
     I’ve been going outside to let the dogs in and to take pictures of the sunrise (see picture at the right) without any aids except my ankle brace.  The outdoor workers didn’t know how far I had come with my recovery until today when they saw me outside.  Edina came in and was all smiles.  She couldn’t wait to tell me how happy she was and how grateful to God she was that I was walking again.  That made me feel good and put things in perspective for me.  Sometimes, we have to see ourselves through the eyes of others to really see reality. 
     Karen has had her teachers here all week (not today) but they’ll be back tomorrow.  They’ve been cleaning, building shelves, organizing, and have been being taught by Karen the basics of good teaching skills.  No one better to teach them, either.  They get it quickly the way Karen presents it, getting them involved in their own learning.  Karen is also planning a two-day seminar in Montessori teaching August 11th and 12th for teachers from all of our preschools and some parents.  
     Bishop Monto will be here tomorrow to pick up 400,000 Tsh (about $200) to pay our final court costs for the Tanzanian High Court which should render a final verdict on the 20th of this month.  At least that’s what we are hoping to see.  Did you read about all the helium that has been discovered under Tanzania?  The wonder is that we haven’t floated away.  If we do, you will know why.  Have a wonderful day, do something nice for someone you love and an act of kindness to someone you don’t even know.
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