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Martin in his lab

You have met Martin in an earlier blog.  He and his wife Sandy have devoted their lives to the people of both Kenya and Tanzania.  They are friends that inspire Jessie and me.

Most of humankind is shocked and grieved over the tragic loss of the nearly 300 people who died in the crash of the Malaysian commercial jet airliner this past week.   The church where I worship was somber during the Prayers of the People when those people were remembered to God ~ all precious, all  loved by God and their families.

Martin,  a pathologist who works countless hours in his little lab, sent us an article about the number of HIV/AIDS researchers,  scientists and doctors that were killed in that crash.  Though not confirmed, 100 senior researchers were on their way to Melbourne, Australia for the 20th International AIDS conference which began today (Sunday, 20 July).  “The cure of AIDs might have been on that plane” said Trevor Stratton, an HIV consultant.  This all hits Martin particularly hard as he teaches at both theological colleges and hospitals about AIDs.  Any senseless loss is unthinkable but to lose these brilliant men and women diminishes our world.

We may never know what happened to that plane.  I consider it mass murder and wonder when, if ever, we will beat our swords into plowshares.

Thank you to our readers and for those who support our work.


Mkunda and Mary

We look a bit fuzzy but it was the only picture we could find of Joseph and Mary.  They were our neighbors at Msalato Theological College.  Joseph is a priest and on the staff at Msalato.  He tends to all the budget information for the school and has traveled to villages with us for baptisms and preaching.  Mary teaches at Bp. Stanway Primary School (Jessie’s school).  He e-mailed the other day that it is very quiet on the campus as the students are on holiday and many staff members are away.  He and Mary have been in their home village harvesting rice on their farm.  They worked 10 hours a day for two weeks other than on Sunday.  They keep holy the Sabbath.  Mary is back at her school now and he asked for prayers for the college as he will be working on the budget and try to find necessary funds to run the college effectively.  Karimu was just able to wire over $6,000 to the school, thanks to a grant from the Diocese of North Carolina’s MDG Committee ($3,000) and other donations for fees for a student and some more piglets.  We are very grateful to all of you.

A big surprise was in his e-mail.  Dogs are not favored in Africa ~ they simply don’t have enough food to care for them, but Yusufa (Joseph) wrote that Mary likes dogs and cats very much and when they retire they plan to have a dog.  Jessie and I like to think we helped them appreciate and know that dogs are God’s creation too!

We have lovely memories of the Mkundas.  We enjoyed many meals at their house but the best memory is that on a very chilly morning, we awoke with no electricity, hence no coffee and no warm water to wash our faces.  Within minutes there was a Hodi at our door; remember “knock-knock.”  It was Mary with a kettle of hot water, heated over her little charcoal brazier in their yard.  Such kindness from our neighbors.  We miss them very much.

Just because we are not there, don’t forget us or Karimu, our non-profit organization that brings new life to some of the people there.

Blessings to all our readers and friends,


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