Saturday, May 24, 2014

Generous Friends

Drilling a well

Each day has its highs and lows but one morning not long ago started out at a very high point. It is always an encouragement to hear from friends and family who are interested in what we are doing. Sometimes that interest spawns involvement on a personal level as it did with the 7th and 8th grade classes at North Country Union Junior High School in Derby, Vermont. The students have been studying Africa and recently read The Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park, the story of Salva Dut, a Lost Boy who returned to Africa after his immigration to Rochester, NY to pay it forward and build wells for tribes in the Sudan. Through various activities, the students raised $329.33 to help drill a well in Kimini. I am moved by the generosity of children helping the people in our village have access to safe water. Great job students and great job, former student and now teacher, Teresa Morrison Piette!    

 Rarely do you see a person in the village wearing eyeglasses. That was a reality that I had failed to recognize until Bev Favreau, a friend from home,
offered to send reading glasses to share with folks here. Organized like a true teacher, eyeglasses arrived arranged by strength in a well-labeled box making selection of the correct glasses simple.

What a delight it was to see the joy on the faces of men and women as one by one each held the bible and was able to read the Scriptures with newfound clarity of vision. Thanks Bev, for recognizing a need not apparent to me. You have brought joy to many people by your kindness and insight.