Friday, March 24, 2017

"You guys are a great example and blessing to us. An example of how to fully trust God. The Tanzanians whom you serve are very blessed that you love Jesus so much." — Samantha Archer, writing about Charles, Karen, and John Wiggins

            It is easy to get caught up in the logistical struggle to get money for projects here from other countries, to keep our staff from fighting amongst themselves, to pay for emergencies that we didn't expect, to keep the red tape of residence permits and social security from overwhelming us, to have to deal with repairs we didn't expect, and so many other things like running out of Blue Band (Africa's answer to I Can't Believe It's Not Butter—it doesn’t melt in the African heat) that we forget why we are here in the first place.  We only came here to help and we have helped and continue to help in small ways each and every single day.  To hear the children singing their lessons from the school cannot help but lift one's spirits.  Every day they brighten my heart with their joy and happiness.  We do get caught up in all the government red tape, now we have to have national identity cards, so more paperwork.  I’m sure that every missionary who gets lost in the minutiae of the mundane finds it is easy to forget that small, quiet voice that called us here in the first place.  I am dedicating this day to the remembrance of that call and the response, "Here am I, send me!" that seemed to speak itself from within my heart.  We had all the training the United Methodist Church had to offer IndividualVolunteer Missionaries which is what we are—it means we don’t get paid but we have the blessing of the church to do what we do.  We had three days of training in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where we were told to trust our instincts and to avoid malaria.  Malaria got talked about a lot, and now we know why.  That being said, we are so very happy to be here.  We are glad to be with others who share the call, and we are glad that what we are doing gets noticed every now and then by those whom we respect.  We have each suffered much but nothing has shaken our faith or our determination to stay here till God calls us to His home.  So, this day, pray for every missionary that you know and all that you don't because these faithful workers in distant vineyards are being "doers of the the Word, and not hearers only."

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