Have you ever had a Sunday when you didn’t want to get up and go to church ~ when a pair of sweat pants and a good book or The New York Times seemed more inviting?  That was sort of my mood yesterday but I did promise my bishop I would be faithful in worship and other things.  And how thankful I am that we went.  Heard a brilliant sermon to begin with that answered some questions that I have.  AND, a generous couple at St. Mary Magdalene’s handed me a check for $300.00 saying they read our blog and they wanted to sponsor a child.  I wrote to Sandy at once and said it would be nice if we could know who the child is and maybe have a picture.  Immediately, she wrote this back:  “Tally, I have just the child.  I have been thinking about it for days ~ a little boy of one of our new teachers who is not being paid anything.  The teacher (George) just graduated with a M.A. from St. John’s University in Dodoma (affiliated with Mslato Theological College), had taught one course part-time last year and everyone loved him, but we could not afford to hire him.  He said he would work for a house at minimal pay and that is what he is doing.   He has come with his seven year old son named Meshack who is truly the sweetest little boy ever.  His wife and other children are still in Musoma ~ way north ~ she is trying to sort out school stuff for the other three.  I asked why he brought Meshack and he said: “I thought it would be too lonely without any  of my family, but the child has not started school because of the fees at Bishop Stanway Primary School.”   She went on to say that the father, George is another Moses Matonya, very bright,  well-spoken, and full of faith.  She says the child is adorable and that they all love him. Last week George went to the headmaster and begged that Meshack could start school today ~ that he had money for the uniform and trusted God to provide the fee.  IT HAPPENED.  Meshack started to school today and we will wire the money at once.  A life has been changed thanks to people with good hearts.  It seems a red letter day to me.  We often quote Dr. Paul Farmer:  “Lives of service depend on lives of support.”  Jessie and I have very grateful hearts thanks to the people in Tanzania.  P.S.  Sandy is going to try to take a picture of Meshack today and I will try to get it on the blog.

 

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