Monday, August 1, 2016

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” ― Trenton Lee Stewart

    Shaban is back with the labor permits for John and me and will be taking them to immigration this week so we can finally get our residence permits and passport stamps, just months after both expired.  Happily, we have a good relationship with immigration having had five permits previously with no problems, so there is no pressure from them.  Besides, we have filed all the paperwork and paid the fees and are just waiting for the actual labor permits that are now in hand.  After riding a bus for fourteen hours to get to Dar Es Salaam, Shaban chose to fly back (one hour of comfort versus fourteen hours of back breaking bouncing and starts and stops).  He used his own money and didn’t ask for any reimbursement, so naturally we gave him half of his airfare—he was on an errand for us after all.  
    John is safely in the nice hotel in Dar Es Salaam working to save the free world or something like that.  I never know what that boy is really up to since he talks in geek and “it’s all geek to me.”  One of the results of his work there will be the placement of over five hundred free computers in the schools of Tanzania if things work out.  He is also making money to finance rural solar projects, and he is having fun doing it.  Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.  He seems to have done that.
     Karen is happy because she has found the zebra print kangas right here in Bunda that she wanted for the new uniforms for the kids here at St. Caryn’s Academy.  She is making them all herself and measured all the little girls last week.  If you want to see my honey happy, be around when she is working with our little orphans.  Smiles all the time—through her pain.  It is true that Sissie makes the small children nervous, but Sissie insists on being with Karen when she is out at her school.  The kids don’t believe Sissie is really a dog but then neither do we.  Rachel says that Sissie is a little person, not a dog.  Hard to argue with her.
    Me, I’m happy because Lewis Hamilton has won six of the last seven Formula One races and has gone from 43 points down in the world championship race to 19 points ahead.  The only sad thing is that now is the summer break, and it will be four weeks before the next race.  Karen is happy that I have Formula One and my watches as hobbies to keep my mind busy and my hands far from idle.  Of course, I am still working on mission projects and will be supervising two new biosand filters for a non-profit group here in Bunda run by Tanzanians.  Also, still meeting with the bishops and looking forward to a final ruling from the High Court of Tanzania on August 19th.  Hopefully, that will put all the litigation to rest, and we can get on with our work of expanding the Kingdom without distraction.     That’s all the news from Lake Woebegone/Victoria and this part of equatorial Africa.  Ya’ll come see us, ya’ hear?
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