We received an e-mail from Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo, Bishop of Central Tanganyika yesterday.  He is in Canada and will leave on Sunday for New York and on Monday he returns to Dar es Salaam, a journey that we too will soon make.  He was most gracious in this thanks for the hospitality he received here but also the friendship that was offered to him by those of you who  met him at Penick Village and those who came to see him at our homes.  Also, Bishop Marble and The Rev. Leon Spencer gave of their Easter holiday time to welcome him to Greensboro.  Bishop Mhogolo said he enjoyed every minute whilst with us.  How  lovely to hear old English. 

We stopped in to see Steve Bouser at The Pilot yesterday to talk about an article for the paper about the children’s art that we brought back from the Bishop Stanway Primary School last summer.   The pictures are currently being matted and framed professionally to be included in two art shows that Jessie is having, one at St. Mary Magdalene’s in Seven Lakes and the other in New York.  When talking to Steve he commented on how much he had enjoyed having dinner with the bishop and that what impressed him the most was his radiating  joy and his laughter knowing that life is very hard in Tanzania especially for the bishop’s people.    He has 260 parishes and within each parish many churches and there are no assisting bishops or Bishop Suffragans.   It is nothing for him to confirm 900 people at a time.  Obvioulsy it takes some time and can go on for days!

Early this morning I returned to an old book by Maya Angelou, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.”  In the little essay entitled “Passports to Understanding” she encouraged Americans to see other lands and experience other cultures.  She writes that travel cannot prevent bigotry, “but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.” 

Having spent the past two summers in Tanzania with plans to return in July we totally agree with Ms. Angelou.  These people are our friends.  Bishop Mhogolo is now our friend.  The world grows smaller and the heart grows larger and one hopes for a growing understanding of God’s people around the world.

He was an easy house guest ~ he helped clear the table, washed the breakfast dishes, stripped his bed on the last day and made life easy.  And I even got to iron a bishop’s purple shirt. 

Again thank you for your love and support,

Tally and Jessie

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