In the Lion King, they talk about the circle of life – circles and cycles.  Yesterday I was reminded about how wonderful these things can be.  Going from teacher to student ~ student to teacher.  Theodoris, the former teacher from Bishop Stanway, was/is a wonderful teacher and I held him in awe as he managed classrooms with 25+ pupils and taught subjects that were not my forte when I was in school (math) being one.  Yet, yesterday he was a student.  Young men from England were teaching him how to use the computer for his application (see former blog).  His teachers – who are teaching here at Msalato for five months, were just students a month ago, finishing up at St. Andrews University.

I know that is one of the things I most enjoy about coming to Tanzania, there is so much to learn and I become a student once again.

THE BIBLE  ~ Yes, am concerned about the women’s empowerment talk next week.  I think the women feel a lack of equity and confusion about the role of women in the Bible.  There are horrifying things in the Old Testament, and after Luke, it seems to go downhill for women in the New testament. (Paul??) What WERE they thinking?  The authors, I mean.  If we stick to Christ and his message and his own treatment of women it will be okay – I hope.  I will not venture into the territory of the Bible at all if I can help it since I know so little on the subject.  One can certainly see how a lifetime can be devoted to studying this book.

I asked the women teachers at Bishop Stanway about their thoughts on women’s issues and got an earfull. Many complaints about their husbands that have already been mentioned.  One though, made me chuckle, because it is so universal.  “My husband doesn’t talk to me”…

I really recommend the book HALF THE SKY, by Kristof & WuDunn about turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide.  It is one of the most compelling books I have read, truly a must-read for both men and women. We will use a quote from Kofi Annan from when he was UN Secretary-General in 2006:  “It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race.  As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”

The book is all about such examples.  Amazing stories.  It will be interesting to see what happens in Moses and Ruth Matonya’s home village when we start the micro-lending, PIG AND BIKE  program for the women there.

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