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It is rainy season in Tanzania.  Dust free lungs now,  mud squashing between toes as they walk the muddy paths and villages.  Will the rain drip through the thatched roofs of the mud dwellings?  Will it douse the cooking fires, form fast rivulets that snake into the homes.   I can see why animal skins  make for better bedding than a mattress – not even corrugated tin-roofs are immune to hard rain.  Let’s hope it is constant yet lenient, giving everything a good wash, filling wells,  quenching  thirsty fields where sunflowers, maize, and cassava can ripen to feed everyone for one more year.

Pray for the good, gentle rain.  If they get too much, crops are swept away – too little, they wither pitifully in parched, cracked earth. It becomes a matter of life or death – famine. 

We are fortunate, our climate is more dependable (for now), and we have the infrastructure which enables us to have food from all over the world delivered to our stores.  Though some of us may go hungry, I don’t think people in our country starve to death like the do in Africa.

Tally and I have our Powerpoint ready and look forward to giving presentations of last summer’s journey.  We are going back to Wilkesboro, NC – and on Thursday, December 17th we will be at St. Mary Mag’s in West End.  We also have churches in Connecticut, and even Canada to talk to.  If you know of any church or group who would like to hear the “story” please let us know.  We are looking for “partnerships”;  many churches who have “companion” churches can still have partnerships with Msalato Theological College, or the Bishop Stanway Primary School.  Or, if your group would like to provide scholarships, bicycles, or a fund for medical care, these would be wonderful acts of giving.

We hope that you can visit these wonderful people we have come to know, but if you cannot in person, we can carry you with us on our next journey in our hearts. 

Veteran’s Day 2009, a lot of memories for many of you. Should you read this, go to Barbara Crafton’s website, the Geranium Farm, and read her brilliant eMo today. Those of us old enough remember, remember the poems and remember the wars. Sadly, they are still going on and deaths are still occurring. My mother was small, only 5 ft. 11 inches, but she was an air raid warden and plane spotter during WW II. She was a funny looking sight in her helmut going out at night with a flashlight as her only piece of equipment. That and that funny looking helmut. Gratitude to all who served at home or abroad.

News of some rain in Dodoma. Sandy said it is almost too soon, for the students will all want to leave classes to get to their villages in order to plant their crops. Rain and planting are time sensitive in Dodoma. We too are having rain ~ lots of rain but we don’t have to rush out and plant wheat or corn. Please remember our friends in Dodoma.

Thank you too for the warm and affirming response to our newsletter. Many don’t like to mess with blogs. If you didn’t get volume one of our newsletter that went out last week, just call me or e-mail Jessie or me and we will put you on our data base.

Tally and Jessie

A good, related article from the New York Times:

New Life for the Pariahs by Nicholas D. Kristof


Good news, everyone! Tally wrote a grant request for $3,000. and was awarded $3,500! This is for teaching English to the wives of the priests in Tanzania. She will write all the details, but since she is off to Raleigh today she won’t have time to write and I know many of you faithful people check the blog often on Sunday. KUDOS TO TALLY! Jessie

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