My pen, or in this case, my keyboard has been rather silent during July.  Triple digit temperatures make it hard to think.    Sandy has been in China visiting her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, so not much word from her.  Moses took a vacation to plant some crops ~ that’s a vacation??  As Jessie wrote last, your donations continue to touch us deeply as they will aid people you are likely never to meet.  Moses sent me a Kiswahili proverb recently ~ roughly translated:  “Little by little, eventually the basket will be full.”  He thanked all of you who continue to reach out your hands to that basket.

Some of you heard Bishop David Jones of Virginia preach at my ordination, and most of you know he has been my friend and mentor for many years.  A couple of weeks ago I had word from Sandy that David was going to be at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma.  David wrote that Moses gave him a tour of the school and that now he understands my passion for the country, the people and Msalato.  It gave me goose bumps to know that the man who told me years ago that I was called to be a deacon would walk the same dusty paths in Dodoma that I have walked.  It’s a completed circle.    How I wish you too could see it with your own eyes and experience the love of the people.    Heartfelt thanks too for your continued support.