A stressful day

Life in Murgwanza is certainly not dull and you never know what is just around the corner. Of late we have felt extremely burdened by the financial needs of the people in Murgwanza, particularly in the case of needs for education.  Whilst all the CMS long termers are away we have felt the full impact of these requests as we have no missionaries with local knowledge and experience here. It is tiring emotionally and testing my wisdom and strength. My gut reaction is to help them all, but this is of course not the wisest thing to do for so many reasons. The Bible instructs us to care for the poor and the needy, but when there are so many, how do you chose which poor and needy have the greatest need.

My daily reading on my flip calendar a few days ago reminded me of God’s love for me; it has helped me to put it in perspective.  It is not my money to give; it is not my decision to make. I am here as a steward for God and I must cry out to him for wisdom and guidance. At times I will make mistakes as I fear I have done, but the Lord is my rock and I must hold fast to him.

Psalm 31:7- I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.

Then whilst Godriva was cooking lunch our ailing oven blew up!!! As I said, life here is never dull. We had been nursing the stove along since we arrived, with only two of the four hot plates working and the oven door being held closed with a shoelace. So we have had to take the plunge and order a new oven from Mwanza, which should arrive on Saturday. My resident fundi Rob has managed to mend a borrowed small two burner stove top to use in the interim, till the new stove arrives.

Please continue to pray for us as we face each day and the trials it may bring. Praise God for the lovely week we have had with Gershom visiting from Dodoma. It has been a week of laughter and praise and fellowship and some improvement in my Swahili. Gershom returns tomorrow to Dodoma on a bus at 5:45am, pray for safe travels, it is a 12 hour trip and the buses drive upesi sana.



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The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money~

J.H. Howett
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