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,