perjantai 13. lokakuuta 2017
Matkaa tehdessä / On the Road Again
Deaconess student Dorris is on her internship in Maasai. On the evaluation trip we got very positive feedback from supervising pastor about her work at the orphanage and congregations. Children were worried that we are there to take her away!
Following week we drove up to dry and beautiful Samburu to meet the new children of the orphan project and their guardians. Children got new rug sacks and supplies for school.
Samburus are pastoralists who are looking for new pastures. Because of drought men have been forced to climb up to the mountains to find something green to the cattle. Status of the girls in patriarchal samburu society is vulnerable because they are not educated and early marriages are common. Colorful necklace shows that these girls are already engaged and usually to men who are much older than they are. Deaconess Nancy working on the orphan project is a good role model of an educated woman with her own salary.
In Matongo it is possible for girls to get qualification to be a Primary School teacher. Most of the students are boys but the attitude towards girls´ education is changing slowly. Teachers are the key persons also in the work of Gospel. Many of them assist as church elders and teach children about the salvation because of Christ. Problem is usually how to finance the education. These girls Antonella and Beatrice are lucky because they have Finnish sponsors. More supporters are still needed.
Matongo Theological College educates pastors and deaconesses for the Lutheran churches in East-Africa. Students are from Kenya, South-Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Most of the teachers are from Kenya, but also some missionaries from Finland and USA. Next February 11th there will be 40-years anniversary in Matongo seminary, if that is God´s will.
Minä saan avun Herralta, häneltä, joka on luonut taivaan ja maan. Herra ei anna sinun jalkasi horjua, väsymättä hän varjelee. Ei hän väsy, ei hän nuku, hän on Israelin turva. Hän on suojaava varjo, hän on vartijasi, hän ei väisty viereltäsi. Päivällä ei aurinko vahingoita sinua eikä kuunvalo yöllä. Herra varjelee sinut kaikelta pahalta, hän suojelee koko elämäsi. Herra varjelee kaikki sinun askeleesi, sinun lähtösi ja tulosi nyt ja aina. (Psalmi 121: 2-8)
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore (Psalm 121: 2-8)
Lähettänyt Anna-Liisa ja Paavo Markkula klo 19.47