She took my hand in hers

"Mama come quickly, there's a sick person here!" I was a bit surprised, given there are always people who are sick at my door, so much so that no one seems to take much notice of that fact anymore these days. But my fellow teacher Tekla insisted that I leave the classroom right then and come to the motorcycle upon which sat a tiny woman wedged in between two men.

I am so privileged

My Sunday afternoon in Iyegea turned out to be a Sunday afternoon at the Iyegea bars! I can't think of a better place to talk about HIV and the love of Christ! I have to laugh about it because spending an afternoon at the bars certainly wasn't anything that my little group would have thought of and planned. But a medical emergency on the way in the village just before Iyegea made us late.

More than just medicine

He is mean, unpleasant, swollen and probably dying. His name is Kari. I first met him while I was passing through his village. One look at him and I knew that he was one of my friends. But unlike the vast majority of my friends here, he was far from likeable. I learned that he had refused to allow his young wife and his child to get tested, and that he had let them both just die at home in December. Now he was alone and he was angry and bitter, suffering from AIDS, TB and Kaposi Sarcoma in his mouth.

March Highlights from Tanzania

March came and went with lightning speed it seemed, and yet so many good things got crammed into those 31 days.  We invite you to rejoice with us as you read through some of these highlights!

March 1:     Work began today on the foundations for our kindergarten building at Madisi.  Our goal will be to give the little kids in our village a "head start" before they start primary school -- as well as to give our Madisi students opportunities to serve in another meaningful way in their community. 

March 3:     We met

February Highlights from Tanzania

We want those of you who are interested in this work to share in a bit of the joy that we have in getting to be here! Thanks for being a part of this work with us ....

The miracle that surrounds us here

It was like Christmas yesterday -- huge crowds, joy, hugs, handshakes, everyone all excited. Someone looking in would have never guessed that we were at an AIDS clinic! Nor would anyone imagine that we'd be there celebrating! But celebrating we were. Just six years ago, HIV was death sentence for my friends and neighbors, and now, here we were all together not only surviving, but living!


Since we launched our very first school in 2005, we have somehow always managed to have enough, or almost enough, sometimes just barely enough teachers for our schools. This has been another one of those suprising and pretty much "unexplainable" facts of life these past six years given the rather acute shortage of teachers in this country.

January Highlights

January Highlights from Tanzania

As things get busier and busier here in Tanzania, we have found that we have less time to write than we would like. But every month we would like those of you who are interested in this work to have the chance to at least hear a few of the highlights of our lives here ...

Extreme Makeover

Adriano and Juma live alone quietly on the outskirts of the village of Mlevelwa. We aren’t quite sure of their history but they have been surviving day to day without anything or anyone for at least 14 years. In addition, their diminutive size has kept them from participating in the rigors of village life. It is a wonder that they are still living.

To say some nice things about my wife

Very quietly and calmly, with fanfare only in our hearts, the AIDS clinic that our students have worked so hard to build, that so many of you have given so joyfully to build, opened its doors today, all totally unexpectedly.