Thank you to all of you who are praying for my mom as she serves in Africa. Here is an e-mail update she sent out today:
We arrived in Kigoma at about noon today. Am safe with the Stillman's at this time. Are trying to make plans for when we go where. Culture is so different, am having a difficult time seeing the poverty I am seeing. It is a way of life here. We will be going to one of the refugee camps this week sometime. I can see the Congo from the Stillman's front window. They are about 4/5 of the way up the lake from the southern tip. The lake is 400 miles long and 30 to 50 miles wide. They tell me it is the 2nd deepest lake in the world. Kigoma is also right on the border of Tanzania and Burundi. Geography lesson for today.
Flying from Dar es Salaam took about three hours. It took 4.5 hours to fly from Seattle to New York. In all fairness, I was on a prop to Kigoma and a Jet to from Seattle. A difference of about 200 miles per hour.
Chuck, I still have had all of the Toilet Paper I need. Will see how things are once we get to the camps. I think we will go to one of them this week. Are getting only one day in each, had hoped for more but the officials say that since they are being sent back to Congo they do not need visitors any more. Whew, the corruption is amazing.
I am taking as many pictures as I can, but I have to be careful as so many places do not want you to photograph them and some of the people are insulted if you photo them also. I always ask before I do.
Someone, please tell Susan that I would include her in my mailings except the address I have for her is not current. If she sends me an e-mail I will be able to include her.
Gina, maybe you can tell dad that I have mailed again.
Stan, send me an e-mail so I know you are receiving from me.
Love to everyone
Ev, Evy, Mom, Gramma, etc
It is very hard for me to imagine my sixty something year old mother, who has never travelled outside the US (except to Canada and Mexico once) taking it all in in Africa. It will beinteresting to see what God shows her. She is already a wonderful person and I just know that God will use her in an amazing way. She will come back a changed person.
Please continue to pray for her safety and ministry.