Magi Griffin is an appointed missionary from Georgia to Tanzania and is an advisor to the Bishop.  She is our friend and a sheer delight.  She sent the pictures that Jessie  posted of the graduation of the women from the Pastor’ s Wives English class which has been funded by 3 grants from the Diocese of North Carolina’s MDG committee.  Here are Magi’s words: 

“If red is any indication of the color of love, you’ll recognize it a-plenty at Salina Makalenzi and her classmates’ ceremony at Msalato Theological College.  Christine Vaughn-Dawkes had her class give a remarkable ‘Concert’ that featured drama, readings and songs ~ all in English, performed and written by the women.  It was outstanding ~ the dramatics alone would have won a Tony!  Christine built upon those teachers who came before her, as well as others on campus like Moses and Sandy who had challenged, encouraged and built trust and confidence within the group and succeeded in teaching strong foundational English so needed for these women’s advancement. 

Irene Mhogolo (the Bishop’s wife) presented the certificates, along with the Rev. Canon Moses Matonya.”

When these classes were started a little over 2 years ago these women spoke not a word of English.  They would visit Jessie and me with their student husbands and sit there mute, unable to join in the conversation.  Jessie and I looked for ways to help, as English is becoming the national language of Tanzania, although many still speak Kiswahili and there are many tribal languages.  Sandy McCann suggested to us that we might consider providing funds for a class for the pastor’s wives.  First with your donations and grants from the MDG committee another dream has come true.  The wives will be tremendous assets to their pastor husbands as they are highly respected in the villages and parishes in which they serve and have a bully pulpit (to quote Sandy) for teaching their children and other villagers about clean drinking water, AIDs prevention, agricultural skills, health aids and on and on.   Jessie and I bow to you in thanks for your continued support of Karimu.  It is amazing what is happening. 

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