November NewsPosted on November 12th, 2013.
Thoughts from Sally:
“The sunshine streamed through a slight opening of the hotel drape. I jumped out of bed, turned on the shower and began to think of the business of the day. The warm clean sparkling water soothed my muscles and while singing a praise song I thought, ‘Wow! I’m sounding pretty good this morning.’ Out of nowhere, a scene from my childhood in 1950 transported me to Dahomey, French West Africa.
Our house sat on a small hill inviting the breezes of the Sub-Sahara to sweep through the windows of our living room. In the evening, electricity provided by a generator, allowed several hours of light before bedtime. The “Smokes”, clouds of stinging dust mixed with smoke from bush fires, turned my skin brown. In the early evening before supper, I bathed in a small galvanized tin bathtub in about 4 inches of water. The daily four-o’clock ritual of a single line of African men carrying water in recycled Kerosene tins on their heads to the cement cistern for my evening bath allowed me the convenience to wash away the reminder that this little girl had played hard, climbing trees and exploring the barren countryside.
I continued to enjoy my warm shower that morning in Michigan. It has been many years since I lived in barren and primitive West African countries without the modern convenience of running warm water, but I was a gently reminded to say thanks. Thanks for plenty of water, hot water and water that I could even drink.”
As we plan and prepare for America’s favorite annual holiday, remember;
“It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, for You thrill me, LORD, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what You have done.” Psalms 92:1-4 TLB
November 18th I board KLM Flight 2110 and head to Arusha where a team from Northeast Assembly of God, Fresno, are meeting me to spend a week developing the next phase of Character 101. Character 101 is our program that teaches the importance of Biblically based character traits to Primary School Children.
Since funds don’t allow for Sally to go, we are having to make difficult choices about what should be taken. Since there is no library at Ngarenaro Primary School for 2000 children, I will take as many books as possible. Each suitcase can only weigh 50 pounds and it costs $200.00 for each additional suitcase. I am planning to take four or five suitcases. We have 10 boxes of books but are not able to take all of them.
We need your help to pay for these expenses. Sally will be able to wire funds as they are available. A special gift to get the books and supplies to Ngarenaro will put a smile on hundreds of children’s faces. It takes such a small amount to give joy to these great kids.
As more monthly partners join us, we will be able to do more teaching, training and equipping in Tanzania. It can only happen if you pray and give. If you are not a monthly supporter, become an African Moons Monthly partner today. Your gift of $30.00, $50.00 or $100.00 each month will help expand our abilities to minister the Word and love of God. You can set up a recurring gift on our website or have your bank set up a bill pay or use the US Postal Service. Your support is vital to the daily operations of African Moons. The more partners we have the more we can do.
Also, the most urgent need is to finish the dormitory, perhaps you can give an “End of the Year Donation” to help us get the work done the first quarter of 2014.
Thank you for all you do to help us and may God’s blessings overcome you!
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally