Please put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you.

With those words I began an article for Emmanuel Church’s Dec./Jan. newsletter. Our African friends seldom have a ha’penny. In spite of the draught, yes they had only 4 days of minimal rain in November and just today I was asked to pray for them and for rain, they still trust God to provide. Their lives depend on water from heaven, at least from my bird’s eye view. Actually, they accept what God sends or doesn’t send and they continue to rejoice in the Lord always. The truth is that these people will starve if their crops fail.

There will be more blog entries from Jessie and me as we approach the coming of the Christ Child but for now I want to thank the people of St. Paul’s Church in Wilkesboro, N.C. (Diocese of Western North Carolina). We were able to deposit $1100 in the Karimu account today because of their generosity. That is a life-changing amount for them. Most will go to purchase bicycles for the graduating priests. They often serve several parishes in far away villages and having a bicycle is like us having a BMW or even a Leer Jet. God bless the generous souls at St. Paul’s and God bless our brothers and sisters in Dodoma and God bless you, faithful readers.
Tally and Jessie