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IMG_4608The people of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church sent us off today with each person’s hands upon us while Bishop Anne prayed for safe travel and a joyful reunion with our people there.  We were encircled by love.  We once offered to send the money that we would spend on airfare instead of coming ourselves.  We were told: “NO, by your coming they know they are not forgotten.” 

This is a scene soon to be re-enacted.  Here we are greeted by some of the women of Ikowa Village which happens to be Moses’ village.  We are told they are preparing for us now.  Moses will take us shopping for goats, many having been purchased by YOU.  Paul Farmer once said:  “Lives of service depend on lives of support.”  We go for and with you!   Today I learned that someone has sent more money for a goat and she wants it named for me.  Wow! I’ve heard of a nanny goat but not a Tally goat.  Jessie definitely wants to name one Mary Magdalene.

The return to Tanzania has been a long time in coming.  There were a few bumps and detours in the road. The highway has been made straight.

Thanks be to God.

IMG_4620This is the neighborhood where we will be living next week!  Moses wrote saying we will be going “Goat Shopping”!  Staying in Ikowa and Hindali villages, the first two villages of the Women’s Empowerment projects.  Cannot wait to catch up with everyone in person.  Be sure to check the blog end of next week.  Our journey will take two days, then we have to get chips for our phones there so we can use “Hot Spot” to connect with WiFi.  Isn’t technology grand!  When going abroad, if you use your American provider, like AT&T for your phones, iPads, etc. You get charged the earth.  But when you arrive in whatever country, have a chip installed that you can use for data, etc. there.  Much cheaper.  I have had a technology overload this week, fighting with an old printer, finally giving up and buying a new, wireless printer that does everything except dance.  Brillant.  Bye for now, Jessie

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