Notice I did not say “we are back  home,” although it was nice to hear the custom’s official say: “Welcome home.”  In a sense I now have two homes and two families.  It is much too soon to write about this continuing  saga as I feel rather numb and emotional this morning.  It will take a few days to get back on DST and perhaps the rest of my life to integrate Africa into my life’s purpose.  I was awake at 4:00 and up at 5:00 this morning even though we did not get to our homes until 8:30 p.m. which was 2:30 a.m. on Saturday in Dodoma which tells me that it took us 3 plus days to get home starting with that 7 hour bus ride early on Wednesday to Dar es Salaam and including lay-overs.  I glanced at some of our blog entries this morning and I hope you will over-look the typos.  I noticed I made quite a few.  We would also like some feedback.  Was it too much about our daily lives and not enough about the people and their lives?  We want a way to get the word out about the needs and the goodness of the people there.  Please help us with ideas.

Nonsensical things:  My luggage has not shown up but as Jessie said, there was nothing in there that I couldn’t live without. (My laptop and camera were in my carry-on).  Also, I had a filling to come out on the flight home and no doubt will need a crown, but again she helped me keep things in perspective.  “Aren’t you fortunate to have a dentist and to have the money to get it fixed?”  Martin McCann, Sandy’s husband, e-mailed this morning from his office/lab in Dodoma saying there was no electricity at the college, therefore no internet so he was writing for her and said for me not to fret over the luggage even though with bar codes and everything else you would think they could get it right.  I wrote back that I am not fretting nor am I fretting over the crater in my mouth.  Africa has taken the “fret” out of me at least for now.

This is mostly to say that we are home safe and sound and to thank you for your prayers, good wishes and interest.   

Bishop David Jones said to me when I returned from South Africa in 2007  “now what are you going to do with this privilege that has been given to you?”  And these are words I read in the early hours this morning:  “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”  (Edmund Burke)  So the tension remains within my soul ~ do we do a little or do nothing and I think you know the answer.