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Jessie has given you a lovely description of Moses’ time in Pinehurst.  A good time was had by all ~ it was a productive time and a profound time.  In many ways this entire endeavor, this now long-time relationship with Msalato Theological College is a miracle.  When I saw Moses’ face at the car window I cried.  There he was from so far away, a kinsman whom I did not know 7 years ago, now a person who has enlarged my life and my faith in a living, loving Creator.  He is our brother.

After all of our busyness of the weekend and all of the friendships renewed and forged at St. Mary Magdalene’s, The O’Neil School, the Pinehurst folks who support Karimu, and St. Luke’s in Salisbury, we slowed down Sunday night, sat down to relax, to look at a little TV, to ask Moses about our former students and the staff at Msalato, to hear the “real” story of life in Tanzania.  Rains came but too late for the crops ~ most are lost, but there is always a silver-lining; the animals will benefit from the rain as will the lakes and water holes.  Moses never complains  or wonders about the goodness and faithfulness of God.  There is always good reason to be grateful.  Gordon Cosby, a great leader in the church said that to fail to be grateful blocks the gift of grace.

As we prepared to turn in Moses asked if we could pray.  Oh, if all of you could have heard him.  It was all about thankfulness.  All that many of us, including me take for granted was evident in his heart and soul.  Jessie and I wondered later why the prayer moved us so deeply.  There are no words to explain it, but we knew it was different from our daily prayers.  Moses lives a totally God-centered life; there are no doubts, no questions, no “why me” or why us.  God is working his purpose out.  In some ways it seems a simple faith.  It is not ~ this man will soon complete his PhD, and he has traveled all over the world.  And yet his mother still lives in his home village of Ikowa which is still waiting for electricity although the government has begun to put poles in.  Again, thankfulness and joy.

There will be more to reflect upon as the days go by.  Can people and books change lives?  Yes, indeed.  Love begets love.  We love Moses and his family and he loves us.

This past Friday, April 17th, Moses Matonya arrived in Pinehurst.  Tally and I picked him up from the airport, then Rev. Bob Brown of St. Mary Mag’s took him to lunch.  In the afternoon, we went to The O’Neal School for Moses to meet, John Elmore, Head of School, Dave Williamson, Head of the Middle School, and Lyn Cagle, Head Teacher who I met at a school function which began the collaboration.  Dave and Lyn took us on a tour of the school, then we had a meeting to discuss the plans for O’Neal working with the two schools in Tanzania.  We will begin with the younger children in Middle School and work up to the High School children.  Karimu bought a laptop for the Primary School in Tanzania which Moses will take back to them so that the children and Head Masters will be able to Skype each other.  Isn’t technology grand!

 

That evening, we had a party at my house to welcome Moses and to thank the faithful donors who have been contributing to KARIMU for the past 8 years.

On Saturday, the good people of St. Mary Magdalene’s church in Seven Lakes, had a beautiful luncheon for Moses.  Since Moses was going to be preaching at St. Luke’s on Sunday, this was their chance to strengthen their relationship and catch up on each other’s news.  We ate so much, I did not have to cook any dinner!

Sunday was an early start – we left at 7:00 and drove to Salisbury, NC.  Beautiful drive through green fields with a gentle rain falling.  (my favorite kind of weather).  for Moses, who lives in a draught prone area of Tanzania, the rain was a beautiful thing to see.  We arrived at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where Moses preached and thanked the congregation for their continued support (five years now) providing food for the students of Msalato Theological College.  Moses told them that they have fed 300 students who have now graduated and become priests serving in many villages.

We discussed the on-going piglet projects which now involves 740 women.  New groups are waiting to be formed as the last groups repay their loans.  Because there is even more demand, we are sending an additional $1,200 to them to add to the existing pool so that more woman may participate this year.  At this rate, it won’t be long before we reach 1,000 women!  One group has had trouble.  They are in a small village, and the women who were not selected to form groups to raise pigs, cast a Witch spell on those who had piglets.  Those woman became frightened and were convinced their piglets would die.  The Pastor in that village is a woman, and she said Christians do not believe in witches or spells, and to prove that, she said she would take care of the piglets.  Naturally, they all survived and are doing well now.  Hopefully, those other women will eventually have pigs of their own to raise and not be jealous.  People are people no matter where…

Karimu is sponsoring two Theological Students at the college, two children in primary school (one family here is doing that).  St Luke’s is providing food, then there are the pig projects as well as other entrepreneurial projects for Pastor’s wives.  A motor bike to be bought for the college to run errands in Dodoma which is cheaper than using a car.  An emergency medical fund, funds for the gardens (vegetables) and other MDG projects.  Am sure I have forgotten some things, so Tally will follow up and add more of her thoughts.

The photos below are of Moses at St. Luke’s, then at St. Mary Mag’s luncheon, and last at The O’Neal School with Dave Williamson, Moses Matonya, John Elmore, and Lyn Cagle.

Tally and I are so happy to be returning to Tanzania come September!!!  Jessie

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