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Water cans

Sandy sent this today.  They have no water at the college ~ her husband, Martin brought these containers of water from town.  Sandy says it is a huge mess but it makes her realize that some people live their entire lives with this lack of water.

I read today that the average American (that is me) uses 176 gallons of water per day, compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day.  The average distance that women in developing countries walk to collect water per day is 4 miles and the average weight is 44 pounds carried on their heads.

So, why am I even posting this and what can I do?  First I will turn off my underground watering system and will that help my friends in Dodoma?  Probably not, other than it will make me aware of how wasteful I am.  Awareness is important for all of us.  We are running out of God’s gifts.  People say to me:  “why do you go back?”  Because they are my friends and they have something that I do not have.  Joy in spite of  having so little.

Sandy and Martin are retiring after 13 years (I think) as medical missionaries in Africa.  How will they ever adjust to life in America?

Remember, my student Daniel told me that they thank God for a glass of water.

Hope you are staying cool in this blistering heat.

 

Kigali Dept. of Defense

Sandy sent this today with the message that 20 years ago, over a million people died in a genocide here ~ the Hutus and Tutsis.  We remember those names if nothing else.  Her e-mail sent me rushing to the internet to learn more about Rwanda’s history.  She said they learned it is pronounced Rhonda, not R-wanda.   They have a multicultural heart, no one is starving or desperate, and if you litter,  you will be jailed.  Could the world learn from them?

It is so different from where Jessie and I go.  We cannot imagine such a scene in Dodoma.  Mostly dust, unpaved roads and not much greenery.  We will return in September.

Africa has enlarged our hearts and our souls.  I have been reading books by Desmond Tutu all day ~ one whom I was privileged to meet at Kanuga in 2001 at a week-long conference.  He will be one of our saints someday.

Please stay in touch with comments which no one does.  What would you like to hear from us?  Blessings, Tally and Jessie

Butaro Hospital

Rwanda landscape

Perhaps I can use my “Quaker Time” (still lame with a stress fracture) to get techno-savvy.  That’s a laugh, I know, but at least with a little effort I can get pictures on the blog.  Here you see  Martin and Sandy at Butaro Hospital.  Sandy is pointing to hospitals that are in partnership with Butaro.  Their daughter, Elizabeth is a doctor at Bingham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  What a connection.  The other photo is simply amazing to my eyes that have never seen this kind of Africa.  To see green is beautiful and a miracle.  Why doesn’t God send the right amount of rain to Dodoma, Tanzania’s capitol?  God doesn’t answer the “why” questions does She?

Jessie’s new paintings of the Africa that we  have come to “know” and love,  have captured so much of the beauty of the people.  There is a lot of energy in these paintings and they are for sale.

I did not mean  Moses’ baby, I meant his first grandchild.  This baby, like his Baby Grace, (not a baby anymore) will be everyone’s baby.  The children are  guarded and protected by the village women.  They can roam freely in a village, much as we did as children when we hopped on our bicycles and left home for a day of exploration.  I lived in a small town (village) and everyone knew me and my family.  Certainly, if I did anything wrong it was immediately reported to my parents.  We didn’t have drums but word got back, like the time I cut through and down a neighbor’s driveway and my bike was hit by a passing car.  I wasn’t hurt but got a lecture on not riding into the street without stopping and looking both ways.

Jessie and I plan to return to Dodoma in September.  There are projects to check on (piglets) and new ones to start, along with reconnecting with our friends there.  We will ramp up our blog as we prepare for this trip.  We are excited as we have not been in two years.  Now is the time!

 

Rwanda

No, dear readers, this is not Msalato or even Tanzania.  Sandy and Martin are in Rwanda looking at a Lutheran Hospital there and this is the landscape.  It is cold there she says ~ mountainous and lush with vegetation.  It must give hope to the African people to know such beauty exists, although many are not so fortunate due to lack of rainfall.    I will try to put a picture of the hospital on the blog.  I’ve written to Sandy asking about the staff there.  Are they from other countries or what?  She and Martin will retire in October after many years in Africa.  Martin is also looking for someone to take over his lab and work in Dodoma.  They have done extraordinary work and now it is time for them to come home and enjoy their grandchildren, but I have a feeling that their hearts will remain in Africa and expect they will continue to support the people there.  Well done, good and faithful servants.

Moses’ baby is beautiful.  Jessie and I can’t wait to meet her in September.

EVERYONE, our dear friends Moses and Ruth Matonya have become first time Grand Parents, or as they say in Tanzania, Bebe and Baba.  Danielle was born yesterday to Ruth and Moses daughter, Loy.  Congratulations and good health to them all!!!Image 1

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