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We arrived last night (Friday) at 7:00 pm, to our house at 8:00. Had a lovely dinner with Sandy and Martin, along with three young men who are here for a semester teaching. We were all on the bus together. The buses have all installed video players, so we had incredibly annoying AND LOUD videos playing for 8 hours. I really need good ear plugs for the return trip. Since it is Saturday, we will have a relaxing day to unwind, unpack, etc. We go to Moses’ house for dinner and will pass along everyone’s good wishes.

Today, we were given a beautiful send off by St. Mary Mag’s for our trip to Tanzania, am sure Tally will want to add her words.  I was overwhelmed, got teary.  Not only in the beautiful words during the service, but the reception afterwards, great cake.  Thank you to those who gave us last minute donations for piglets!!  We will carry you with us.  We will also carry the people of St. Thomas in Sanford, who last week gave us a send off.  Father Craig, thank you.

Keep up with us on the blog, it is going to take us three days to get there, so we probably won’t write anything until Friday.  We go from Raleigh, to Detroit, to Northern Tanzania, to Dar es Salaam – then the next morning our bus ride to Dodoma which is 8 hours over bad roads, arduous travel to say the least.  But, we look forward to seeing the people we have come to know and love.  Also look forward to getting away from the heat here as it is winter there (50’s in the morning, 70’s during the day).  Bye for now,  Jessie

Pictures really ARE worth a thousand words and miracles still happen, maybe not quite on the scale of Jesus feeding the 5,000 but these are people who needed food and look what happened.   Maize was purchased in Dodoma for the students at Msalato Theological College while the prices are down for the coming school year.  Sandy McCann just sent these pictures of our friends in Tanzania.  We know all of these men and their families and you will never quite know the joy we felt in seeing these pictures and knowing they will have food this school year.  Thank you to St. Luke’s Foundation for making this possible.    Jessie and Tally

Comfort Dolls

More news.  The  good knitters from the Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C. made 30 Comfort Dolls for us to take to Tanzania.  They are made from remnants of skeins of wool.  We think they are the cutest things we have ever seen.  Now I am trying to get a picture of a few of them on the blog entry.  Jessie may have to come to the rescue.  The one with the gray hair, collar and glasses is ME!  Jessie’s is at her home but it is too cute ~ very flamboyant with long gray hair and a colorful scarf around her neck.  The children are bound to love them!  Everyone needs a comfort doll.

Dear faithful blog readers,

We haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, we just haven’t had much to write about since Jessie’s art show in New York and her happy visit with her sister, who feels like my sister too.

We made our travel plans way back in May, and July 28th (departure date) seemed in the far distant future, but time has a way of marching on (are any of you old enough to remember “Time Marches On” in the movie theatres?). Now it is upon us.  We leave for Tanzania in 15 days and though Jessie is cool I have the long-journey heebie-jeebies.  We both have our to-do lists and gradually we are crossing them off.   We’ve shopped for small gifts for our friends there and again Claudia Miller is going to give us earrings to take to the women.  They were such a “hit” last year.  Laurie Holden has given us a garbage bag full of tennis balls.  They too were a hit among the children.  We are allowed two bags each weighing no more than 50 pounds plus a box full of art suppies.  It hardly seems possible that we are going back and we are truly excited.  We are both looking forward to visiting some villages to learn more about life there, especially for the women.  Karimu has a nice bank-balance thanks to many of you.  We want to explore more grant opportunities and even micro-lending.  We’ve set aside money to help a village buy piglets ($19.00 each) and must find someone who will be responsible for overseeing it.

Speaking for myself I can say this is one of the greatest privileges of my life.   Being with those of another culture, albeit one that is way behind in many ways , but still ahead of us in other ways, is transformative.   We have learned and are learning so much.  We’ll keep the blog alive and well so check in with us from time to time.  We would love to have your comments. 

Tally and Jessie

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