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.