I would not classify myself as a materialistic person.  My  mother taught me at the time she closed up her house for good and moved in with us, that most of what she was giving away (some handsome antiques) were just “things” or stuff as we say today.   Most of us like stuff and we especially want beauty in our lives, but here in Dodoma one has an opportunity to transcend the world of materialism and seek the world of spirituality.  I’m not sure what that is really.   There is competitiveness here among the students.  Moses’ son wants to get into medical school.  Moses himself needs a PhD in order to maintain his position as headmaster or president of Msalato Theologicl College, but he feels little pressure about when ~” when God is ready” he says.  There seems to be a patience and reliance in God’s time, not our time.  In counseling people we tend to say:  “Tell me about your spiritual life.”  I suppose we are asking about prayer, keeping a journal, studying the scriptures.  Is a spiritual life one that is God centered?  Can one lead a spiritual life and not go to church?  Someone said to me the other day that she was a believer but can’t take religion.  In a recent issue of The Christian Century magazine there is a review of a new book about the decline of religion.  (“Bad Religion: How We Become a Nation of Heretics”).   Obviously I am working out my own spirituality and this is the place to do it.  We walk dusty paths, the wind blows incesssantly in the morning and in the evening, my clothes are few, my shoes remain dirty and no one gives a hoot (but me).  Pride maybe?  This is a cleansing of the soul kind of place.  One needs so little and you are accepted for who you are, not for what you have.  Forgive me for just trying to find my own soul and my own spirituality.  Maybe it is just to be carried by the wind.  Tally