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For a number of years I wrote a monthly article in Emmanuel’s newsletter titled:  “From the Deacon’s Heart.”  Even though I was always struggling to meet deadlines, I realize that I have missed putting every day ponderings down on paper.  Now I have a blog with no deadlines.  Mind you, I hardly know what a blog is but thanks to Anna Franklin Smith, Hank’s daughter, we are learning the basics.  Someone said:  “You are a blogger.”  Shucks, I thought I was a deacon.

Today I thought about generosity and gifts.  In today’s mail was a sizeable check  for Karimu from a colleague and friend who is not exactly rolling in dough.  Some of you know him and he would be embarrassed to death if he knew I was writing about him.    He models self-giving to the point of sacrifice, although I’m sure he never thinks in those terms.    He has no cell phone, no answering machine, certainly no computer.  I don’t even think he subscribes to a newspaper.  He lives modestly and even into his 80’s volunteers at the hospital here in Pinehurst.   Jessie and I have been given much larger gifts and some smaller gifts for the people in Tanzania, all appreciated and all to be put to good use, but his gift touched me deeply because I suspect he could use the money himself.   The Africans are like this too.  They share whatever they have.  “Little is much when God is involved.”  Peace be unto you.

Thank you St. Andrews Church in Pinedale, Wyoming!!!  They had a “TANZANIA JAR” in the church which they have just opened.  The amount came to $1,009.40 and there were several $100.00 bills, some clipped together.  Thank you all so very much!  Saint Andrews is a small church with weekly attendance averaging around 40 to 50 people yet this congregation has really taken the people of Tanzania into their hearts.  They are supporting a student priest for his three years at the Theological College which comes to $2,800. a year.  In addition, they raised $4,567. to pay for a printer for the Diocese.  Their Vestry will decide what they will do with this new bounty.  Again, St. Andrews, thank you so very much.

There is another REALLY little church in Big Piney, Wyoming where Tally and I spoke on a cold winter night (30 degrees below, and snowing).  This church has only 9 people and Tally and I did not expect anyone to show up given the weather.  Mind you, coming from North Carolina, where when snow begins to fall, schools close, we assumed folks would stay home on this Sunday evening.  To our delight, they were all there.  We did our presentation, and shared coffee and cake with them afterwards.  This church, too, has embraced the people in Tanzania.  They provided scholarships for five children to attend Bishop Stanway Primary School for one year.

Asante Sana!!!!

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