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Maguha kea Alysha – the area where Sandy and Martin went last weekend.  Sandy wrote it was the worst road they have ever been on and the most isolated area to which they have been.  Photos are of the dish-drying rack (they only had cups, no dishes).  The next photo is a bed made of animal skins, the most popular bedding, especially during the rainy season. And last, my favorite and what I want to make a painting of – little boys sitting patiently in church.
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IMG_3286We want to bring you up to date on where the monies are going, so below is the list of items which KARIMU is sponsoring:

$12,ooo for Maize for the college

2,600 for Maize for the children and faculty at Bishop Stanway Primary School

1,500 for the Pastor’s Wives English Class

3,000 for sponsoring two students at the college

$19,100 TOTAL

Because of the drought, we have added the Primary School to the Maize program.  there are 22 employees at BSPS (includes faculty and staff) in addition to the children. Each faculty member will receivea 100 kg bag of corn and this will also cover the porridge for daily meals for one year for the children.

Other wonderful news!! The folks in Wyoming have obtained a grant of $25,000 for the Primary School.  They will use this money to finish two classrooms at the school as well as other needed repairs!!!

Thank you everyone, for your continued support of KARIMU.  Thank you too, those who bought paintings at my art show,  we were able to contribute to Saint Mary Magdalene’s outreach program as well as KARIMU.

I just received a report from Mary Mkunda about the Pastor’s Wives sewing projects. Last year, I was at the Bishop Stanway School and asked the Headmaster how much a uniform cost (I wanted to buy one for a pupil). He told me he was having trouble with their supplier and was unsatisfied with the service and quality. I asked if the women at Msalato could make the uniforms, many of them have those treadle sewing machines. He said have them make a sample and he would consider it. We talked with Mary and she talked with the wives who had completed the Women’s Entrepreneur Course and they said they could do it. We gave a loan to get them started and off they went. I will try to attach the financial report from Mary, but it has been a success and they hope to expand to other schools as well. Jessie

Why do you suppose everything seems worse at night?  Maybe it is the ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggeded beasties and things that go bump in the night.  Night before last was one of those nights for me.  When I dragged my old bones out of the bed to walk James I adopted a new mantra:  “Seek joy.”  Barely in from our walk I received a phone call from The Rev. Craig Lister, rector of St. Thomas Church in Sanford, NC, calling to tell me the vestry had voted to give $500.00 to Karimu.  The women of that same church have also voted to give $500.00.  Psalm 30:6 came bursting into my head: ” Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”  It did ~ joy came in the morning.  $1000.00 put us over our $12,000  goal for A-Maizing-Grace.   We hit $12,605 this morning.  We were $140.00 short last week and Pam Webb (The Reverend Pam Webb) took care of that.  She has been a patron saint.  Joy!  Seek it!  Look for it!  Pray for it!  Remember Anne Lamott’s book that I wrote about:  “HELP – THANKS – WOW!”  That works for me in prayer, certainly today.

The deacons of this diocese had a retreat this past weekend in a most holy place ~ The St. Francis Springs Prayer Center (Franciscan).  Since we all live in an age of cell phones, I-Pads, instant communication and sorrowfully instant gratification it was renewing for me to go to a quiet place and meet with fellow deacons along with our bishop and our bishop suffragan elect.  Bishop Curry said he has no fire in his belly for capitol campaigns ~ we don’t need big beautiful churches he said.  We need to be in the world taking the message of God/Christ to the disinfranchised ~  the poor, the hungry, the sick, the aged.  Our altar should be the world, he said.  You, through your support ,are making it possible for Jessie and me to do just that.  If Sarah laughed when Jesus told her she would bear a child in old age, I laugh at how  God gets us.  I never liked stewardship time in the church ~ pleading with parishioners to fill out pledge cards, to “up” their giving each year, etc.  Now I am a beggar.  I am no longer embarrassed to tell the story that I have learned. 

We put our finger in one dike and another springs open.  Currently we need funds to sponsor 3 children at Bishop Stanway Primary School.  The cost is $320.00 a child.  Although we are not going to Africa this summer we still are hard at work for our friends and with good, trustworthy people on the ground we can continue to work on this side of the pond.  Sandy writes that the Pastor’s Wive’s English classes may be the best thing we have done.  We pay for the teacher, classroom, books etc.  Read Jessie’s last blog entry.  These women want to continue their education to become teachers, nurses, pastors.  These are things that can save Africa.

We cannot do anything by ourselves.  Everything and any amount helps.  We came home in October with $500.00 in our Karimu account.  We now have $20,000.  THANKS AND WOW.

In a letter from Marion McChesney, the story of the Women’s English Class:

IMG_0251 IMG_0254On Friday 31st May, my Pastors’ Wives English Conversation Class had their Graduation Ceremony.  The final Performance was of 6 songs, not only in English, but also they had been translated into Swahili by Theresia (Pink outfit in photos).  There were two dramas, planned and organised by the women.  Three read stories they had written themselves, and two of the readers had never been to school a day in their life before joining this English class.  None of the class had been beyond Primary School. Four of them now have plans of finishing High School qualifications in English so then they can begin the diploma of Theology.  three of them will be starting this process here as Boarders at Msalato next year (August).  One of them wants to become a nurse, many of the others just want to do High School for their own personal satisfaction.”

Thank you everyone for your help in donating to Karimu for this worthy endeavour.  We are so proud of these women and to Marion, their teacher!!!

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