It's eight in the morning now; it's been a very long night for all of us here at the hospital. The 12 people (11 adults and one infant) in the worst condition have been hospitalized -- the doctors performed 5 operations during the night. We are very thankful to say that no one has died, although there is one woman who remains in particularly critical condition. Many thanks to all of you for your prayers.
We ask please for your prayers because we have just received word that our bus Huruma has had a terrible accident. People are now being taken to the hospital and many appear to be seriously hurt. We are getting reports that there are many of our friends from town who have vehicles who have been ferrying people to the hospital for which we are indeed thankful. Your prayers during this long night ahead of us would be very much appreciated. Steve & Susan
Last Friday by email, SMS and phone calls we got the wonderful news from the neighboring country of Malawi that the government has granted us the formal registration documents for Village Schools Malawi so that work can begin in villages in that country to build schools. The process seemed at times unending as it frustratingly dragged on month after month for almost three complete years -- and yet that only makes our rejoicing now all the sweeter.
I could hear a baby’s laughter outside on my porch. Usually the babies on my porch are far from happy, so needless to say I was curious. Looking through the window, I saw that it was baby Badilika who was trying out his new walking legs. Yes, healthy and happy. It was a joy to see him enjoying life as a 15 month little boy. His mom greeted me as old friends and we shared the news of the village. She had come just to chat.
Last Friday, Godfrey, Emmanueli and I -- accompanied by a friend from Ministry Spotlight who had traveled from America to visit us -- made a trip to Bukimau Secondary School. We arrived to find the school deserted - not a student in class, not a teacher on the premises. They were instead in the brick pits seven kilometers away -- part of an effort by our students and our teachers to take advantage of this dry season to make hundreds of thousands of bricks in a grand effort to build throughout our system of schools 106 more classrooms.
One of the things I truly enjoy about sending out my updates by email is the large numbers of people who write back to me each time. It's fun dialoguing with people, answering their questions, carrying on a long-distance conversation of sorts. An awful lot of people wrote to me after my email earlier this week, and some of those letters were real treasures as people remembered aloud with me the impact of their own grandmothers on their lives.
Last night I stayed up rather late. Susan and the boys had gone to bed early, but I've had a project hanging over my head for way too long now and I thought I would try to pull an all-nighter and finish it. That didn't work -- I'm too old for that now -- but I did stay up until 2am!
Jonathan was up before the crack of dawn again this morning, and out the door quite frankly even before I was awake. This is the fourth morning he has left with Emmanueli to go out to the college to work all day.
Mzee mimi ninaandika msg Joshua anendesha gari vizuri sana
huwezi kuamini kabisa na macho yako boy amekuwa mtu mzima kabisa.
Godfrey and I had been exchanging a bunch of important work-related messages on our phones about the building of our schools in the Rukwa region when I got the above message -- Mzee I'm writing messages Joshua is driving the car very wonderfully you can't believe your eyes the boy has truly become a grown man.
So much has been crammed into the last seven days that the memories of last week's Saturday night already seem to be fading. But I do remember that Susan was wearing a beautiful dress that night, and I actually had a tie on for a change. We were in a wonderful dining room on the second floor of the elegant Kimpinski Hotel in Dar es Salaam, and there I was standing up and addressing a gathering that included the former President of Tanzania, Cardinal Pengo of the Catholic Church, and table after table of interesting people.