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.