Remember that song from Oliver?  “Oh food, marvelous food, wonderful food, magical food, fabulous food, beautiful food, GLORIOUS FOOD.”  Now little Oliver was thinking of “a great big steak fried, roasted or stewed.”  I am writing of food for the students at Msalato Theological College.  We received word today that St. Luke’s Foundation in Salisbury, NC has honored our grant request with $25,000.  Halleluiah, Praise the Lord, and grateful thanks to St. Luke’s Foundation.  Sandy just wrote that this is HUGE.  It means the students at the college will have at least 2 meals a day with meat on Saturday.  Now the school can begin buying maize and beans while the prices are somewhat lower than they will be later.  Fresh fruit and vegetables will also be available.   (Tomatoes, onions and spinach).  We nearly danced a jig when we got the word today.  It is later in coming this year and we were holding our breath.  The foundation has awarded over $72,000 to keep the college students fed.  The school had cut food three years ago from their budget and the students were going to have to provide their own food ~ ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE and one cannot learn on an empty stomach.

Sandy and 25 others left at 5 a.m. last weekend on a bus headed for Kondoa for the consecration of a bishop.  They did not stay for dinner after a 6 hour service, but the bus stopped at a hole-in-the wall diner (her words) that had chips outside and beans and ugali inside.  She said 5 stayed on the bus (4 students and one local pastor).  She and Magi Griffin didn’t get off either.  She said none said a word but she knew they did not have a shilling for food, so she gave them a bag of cookies and some cashews ~ all that she had.  It was the first thing they had eaten all day.  The thought of the students at Msalato going hungry was more than she could bear.   We can almost hear her sigh of relief all the way across the ocean and that huge continent. 

I rarely believe those e-mails that we receive asking us to forward something and within so many days we will get good news.    The other day I sent one on because it was a pretty good story and I thought, what the heck.  Well, great news came today.  Oh yes, Food Glorious Food.