Here are “our” students and friends ~ 3 year degree students taking their final exams, soon to be ordained Episcopal priests and soon to be posted to villages in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika.

The pictures came today and I have spent an inordinate amount of time just looking at them: dedicated, hard-working, faithful, intelligent , handsome young men who will be leaders of their flocks and their villagers.  Not only will they preach and lead worship, they will encourage education for the children, attend to health needs of the people ~ they will baptize, bury, counsel and I know they will be kind and loving priests.  It raises my level of hope for the country we have come to feel is a second home for us.  Alex Mashoka is the young man in the yellow shirt.  Some of  you might remember that I once preached about him, putting his picture on the lecturn for all to see.  He is a proud young man and he had to beg money from Sandy in order to take his child to the hospital ~ less than $5.00 U.S. money.   Jessie and I personally sponsored Alex paying his school fees so we have a special feeling for him.  His wife Cecilia just graduated from the Pastor’s Wives English class.  These are huge accomplishments for them both.  Let’s give a cheer for them all.