steve's updates

Inheritance from a grandfather to a grandson

For the past several months, ever since I heard Oscar Muiru's sermon at Urbana, my thoughts have repeatedly been drawn back to the things that he said and to the passage in Philippians that he spoke from. As I prepared myself mentally to head for Toronto for the launching of Village Schools Canada, I wanted to listen again to Oscar's sermon, to take in again all of his words, and the Sunday before I left the village to begin my long journey, I just had to listen to that sermon one more time, and I wanted to listen to it with my boys.

One last big long push

I just got a series of messages from Anyisile and my thoughts went right away to what Paul wrote in the eight chapter of Corinthians:

And now brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

Only in superlatives

Obviously teaching is important, but in Village Schools Tanzania what is really important to us often takes place outside of the classroom. Each of the 84 people who have come to serve with us over the past five years have brought their own unique contribution to the work we are doing, impacting their students and their students' families in unique ways. Becky has lived now for almost two years in the little village of Mpwapwa, and like so many of our missionary teachers, when I think of her and what she has done in the village where she has lived, I think only in superlatives.