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Tally called to say she is having a wonderful time in Canada with the Legallais, is being wined and dined – meeting people and seeing the sights including the Niagra Falls at night. I have been going to the doings of the high school class ahead of me, in which I had many friends, reunion. What a meaningful time. The class president, who is a retired doctor and now author gave a short speech and said how lucky we were to be in high school when the Korean War had ended, the Vietnam War hadn’t started. Our world was our neighborhoods, our school, with occasional trips to NYC. We didn’t yet know about the horrors of segregation, none of us had ever seen separate drinking fountains. The only drugs around were alcohol and perhaps some wild kids who knew about pot. Pre-marital sex was still considered something to avoid. We had a new President JFK, but still to come were the assinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK. We went to a school rich in academics and the arts, looked forward to futures with promise. My feeling was that it was a gentler time. Less pressure than high school today.

We toured the school and were impressed with how high tech everything is, smart boards have replaced black boards, lap tops are replacing textbooks, the library which had 20,000 books in our day now has 5,000 as much has been replaced by computers. The library is loaded with computer stations, the entire school is wi fi wired. No more “home ec” – now it is Culinary Arts. there are two huge kitchens for students to learn how to run cafes and hotels! There are courses in horticulture, gardens on the grounds. Advanced classes in all the sciences (which they had when we were there). No longer foreign languages, but World languages. The usual French, German, Spanish, Latin, but now Mandarin is offered by exchange teachers from China. One of them defected to this country, so they had to go to a different provence for the next year’s teachers. align=”aligncenter” width=”300″ caption=”Staples High School”][/caption]

Horticulture Lab

Part of Theatre Arts building

Tomorrow morning, Tally and I will leave for the North. Tally will, “shuffle off to Buffalo” and on to Niagra-on-the-Lake where she will talk with a church there. That weekend (next) I will be going to a High School Reunion. The following week, we will talk with a priest in Connecticut and, hopefully, a few more – then I will go up to Massachusetts to be Artist-in-Residence at Bay Path College for most of October. I hope we will be getting away from this awful heat! The Autumn colours in New England are always a treat, and we both welcome opportunities to talk with people about Tanzania and Karimu’s efforts. We will keep up the blog whilst away.

New England

Yesterday was pure bliss.  Sandy McCann, priest and M.D. and our friend at Msalato Theological College is in the United States and we  knew that she was preaching at St. Paul’s, Ivy, VA yesterday.   Ivy is in Charlottesville!  On Saturday Jessie said:  “Let’s go and surprise her.”  I’m a morning person so getting up at 4:30 wasn’t too big of a deal for me, but Jessie likes her beauty rest but she said: “We have to do it ~ Sandy is our person.”  So, off we went at 5:30 with dogs in tow.  What adaptable creatures they are ~ they love to ride in the car, love to be with their people and still being dark they settled right into their beds for a long sleep. 

We sat up front in the church and didn’t want Sandy to see us before the service, so we did everything from hiding behind the church bulletin to scrunching down in the pew.  Fortunately, the church was dark as they were showing slides of their mission trip to Tanzania in connection with the Carpenter’s Kids. 

Sandy preached the most amazing sermon and by then had spotted us in the congregation and as Jessie said:  her mouth dropped open, her eyes popped and then a huge smile spread across her lovely face.   What joy!  We learn from her. 

Aside from  just plain missing her and missing our life in Tanzania,  this turned out to be another “God thing.”  The rector of St. Paul’s is moving to Raleigh to become Vicar at Christ Church.  Sandy had already told  him about us and our mission work in Tanzania so it was very timely that we showed up.  He said he wanted to get with both of us to talk about Karimu as he is interested in bringing Christ Church into some outreach work in Tanzania.  O bliss, O wonder, O what an amazing God.  Joy comes in the morning:  “for  you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills before you shall break forth into singing, and the fields shall clap their hands.”  (Isaiah 55:12)

We saw hills and mountains yesterday, and fields that were golden in  sunlight, and our hearts and hands clap today for the joy and blessings that we received.  Look at the picture that Jessie just posted:  “Surprise Sunday.”

Women's groups

Just heard from Moses, that the six groups of women have bought their piglets!  Let’s keep good thoughts for them in their entrapreneural efforts.  They hope to make enough profits to be able to extend this to other women in the village!

I hope to be able to learn how to put videos on the blog, have a couple of our time in Ikowa village which would be fun to share with you.

Have been painting, will take a photo of one of the women in TZ.  Tally, I believe, has been writing.

Bikes for the women

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