Sandy with a leper

Sandy with a leper

This is The Reverend Canon Sandra McCann, M.D. who today will be honored at the Virginia Theological Seminary as she is awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree.  I’m not quite sure how we will address her formally ~ The Rev. Canon Sandy McCann, Doctor – Doctor?  Knowing her as a humble person of God she will remain, SANDY.

Jessie and I were privileged to be with Sandy and Martin for dinner this past Friday night as they made their way to Alexandria, Virginia.  I only wish I could be there to bask in her glory!  This picture was taken a couple of years ago when she spent Holy Week at a Leper Colony in Tanzania.  Imagine how the lepers must have felt being touched by this holy woman.

She may be back here in the Spring and I would love for some of you to meet her.  We don’t get these privileges often.

My best always,



You have not heard from us since July.  Here it is September already.  We are all saying:  “Where has the time gone?”

 Jessie is having another art show at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in Seven Lakes, NC on September 23, 24 and 25.  There will be an opening reception on the 23rd from 5-7 p.m.  On the 24th and 25th show hours are 12-5.  For those in the area, we hope  you will come.  There will be paintings of Africa and also paintings from her many travels around the world.  You can also go on her website:  

We are already looking forward to our return in August 2017.  Now less than a year away!


This is St. John’s Anglican Church in Jordan, Ontario.  They are celebrating 175 years!  Jessie and I had the privilege of meeting their rector, Father Kevin.  He and the congregation welcomed us on July 3rd when the Gospel read that Jesus sent 70 ahead of him, two by two.  Here we were ~ going in the name of Jesus 2×2.  I preached a very short sermon and Jessie had the most fun as she walked up and down the aisles with a white baby goat in her arms telling the congregation that such a goat could change the lives of our friends in Tanzania.   After they had petted and kissed the goat on her head, Father Kevin blessed her and her sister and her parents and all the animals at Little Foot Farm.  Then Jessie took to the pulpit.  If I was a bishop I might  put a stole around her neck.  This church is currently raising $30,000 for a Syrian refugee family.  They are small but mighty.
Someone asked if we were missionaries.  That startled me ~ missionaries ~ us?  Perhaps in a way we are ~ we just don’t realize it because it is all so much fun.  



This is when I want a picture to send to you.  Maybe I am putting the cart before the horse.  The Presiding Bishop said that we should go into the world to make disciples.  He also said he did not expect me to go to Africa.  Now we are going to Canada to tell the story of Karimu and our friends in Tanzania.  By the grace of God, Jessie and I have been invited to preach at an Episcopal Church in Niagara-on-the Lake, a most gorgeous place in Ontario.  The gospel for Sunday is about Jesus sending out 70 and he sent them 2×2.  Here we go, two old gray-haired ladies.  We will miss the 4th of July here but will celebrate Canada Day there  It is a very small church but a very outreach-minded parish.  Currently, they are trying to raise $30,000 for a Syrian refugee family.  They sound wonderful to me.  If you read our blog, please pray for us as we try to continue the work in Tanzania.  With a little bit of luck we can send pictures to you when we return.  God bless you all.  Tally

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Dear Readers,

As you know, Jessie and I have been going to Tanzania since 2008 and God willing we will return in August 2017.  We are encouraged and excited about the success of the pig project and  I have another woman’s story to tell you, but first I wanted to get your attention!  Africa has taught us a great deal.  Here, one of Jessie’s Jack Russell’s (Pendo by name) who has “gone to Jesus” as Barbara Crafton would say, is being carried by Jessie on her back as the African women carry their children.  Pendo was reluctant to walk that day.  After using a scarf to put her on Jessie’s back she was happy as a clam.  I miss *Pendo whose real name was Tally Pendo.

Another woman in Handali has shared her story with  Moses.   Her name is Moleni Kutimwa.  Moleni is a divorced woman who lives with her children.  There is no such thing as alimony in Handali.  Life was almost impossible for Moleni until she joined the pig project in 2012.  The four women had only one large pig at that time.  I need not go into the reproduction process as Moses does but suffice it to say that now in 2016 Moleni has repaid her loan and has become a successful entrepreneur and plans to continue in the pig business!  As the others say, pigs have changed her life.   She, like Mariam has built a new house.  YOU, our friends and donors ARE changing lives. Thank you, thank you , thank you.   

*Pendo in Swahili is love.  It is a favorite name in Africa.


She appears a little lady.  No doubt Jessie and I have met her but we don’t always know their names.  When we return in 2017 we will definitely meet her and see her new  home.  See her story beneath this one.

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