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Today at 1:15 Eileen Rose, the wife of Karimu’s treasurer entered into her larger life after valiantly coping with Alzheimer’s for three years,  followed recently by a massive stroke.  Whereas we accept that it was her time to die, we still mourn the loss of a good woman who enriched all of our lives.  So I write with sorrow.

Should you wonder why the picture of food in Africa (ugali and cabbage), it is because there is reason to rejoice.  Karimu has been awarded a grant for $25,000 plus to provide food for the students a Msalato.  Money and food are scarce there and the college had no more funds to feed the students.  They set yesterday (Friday) aside to fast and pray for food.  It was Thursday night that we were informed of the grant. God had already answered their prayers.  (Could it be time zones?) At this moment, I give thanks for the life and friendship of Eileen Rose and I give thanks to St. Luke’s Foundation in Salisbury, N.C. for this overwhelming amount of money to students who will be the leaders and life-lines of villagers as they become devoted pastors.

There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.




Woman in Ikowa Village caring for her pigs!

Yesterday (Nov. 1st) I received this message on Face Book:  “Halloween is over ~ BAM, it’s Christmas.”  Don’t ask me what happens to Thanksgiving and Advent.

Certainly, our mailboxes are already jammed with Christmas catalogues, not to mention all the requests for donations to worthwhile organizations ~ Boy’s Town, Cancer, Heart, Leukemia, Alzheimer’s, Wounded Warriors; the list goes on.  We pick and choose.  One of Claude’s favorites is St. Jude’s.

The Wilbur Project (piglets for African women) has been heart warming.  What started as small as a mustard seed has grown significantly.  We could say it is a huge tree now.   Over 600 women are raising pigs and are now able to send their children to school.  This also allows them to provide more nourishing food for their families along with giving the women  a sense of pride and ownership in  their own worth.  Karimu is offering them classes in business practices ~ bookkeeping, marketing, banking, saving and lending to other women.

Should you have Christmas gifts to give to family or friends who don’t need a thing, or even want anything, please consider a donation to Karimu to aid these deserving women.  $20.00 will buy a piglet.  $100.00 will buy 5 piglets.  It will be a gift of life and Jessie and I will send cards from you to whomever you are honoring.  So, “Please put a penny in the old man’s  hat.  If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’ penny will do and if you  haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you.”

Love to our friends and readers, Jessie and Tally

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