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OCMC News - 10 Months in Bukoba and 13 Months in Tanzania

by Felice Stewart (Posted 2/19/2012)

Glory to God for All Things!
It was nice to hear from so many of you. One friend who has no internet in her area said she didn't realize that she could write a letter to me. PO Box 1704, Bukoba, Tanzania, East Africa will work nicely for anybody who migh prefer snail mail.
The vegetables did not do well where they were planted. We purchased some more seeds and they have been planted in a different location. The flower garden has been stuck awaiting installation of a driveway and patio area. Work has now started on those. When they are in place it will be clear what else to plant and where to plant it!
The AA meetings have been going well. One day I was approached by a young man on the street who told me that he was an addict and needed help. I could not imagine how he picked me out to tell this. Then he said he had seen me at the internet cafe type place and saw that the materials I was looking at said addiction. This was a different experience for me, in that his English is very good and I have been able to talk with him without a translator and it was easy to provide him with written materials since translation wasn't necessary.
The lengthy prayer for people with addiction has been translated, checked, typed, copied and delivered to people who want it. It has also been tape recorded for those who cannot read. This is an example of how long it takes to complete things here. I continue to admire the perseverance of people here. Sometimes it feels like it is a very big component in accomplishing anything.
While I was in Uganda I met a man from California who works in both Kampala and Gulu overseeing local people helping others with trauma recovery. As I learned that there was no treatment for addictions and no 12 step groups there I realized that I could go back and forth between here and Gulu attempting to see something in place for people with addictions before I leave. You may remember that here I was approached by someone wanting help with alcoholism in the family. Since I have returned I have been communicationg with someone in Gulu who would like help with alcoholism in the family. I have communicated my interest in doing this with OCMC in St. Augustine.
I have been enjoying some interaction with short term teams. An international teaching team enjoyed beakfast with us after church last Sunday. The Finnish Church and OCMC have done previous joint missions, but this year there was also a nun from Greece on the team. She was prompted to tell us about her reaction to the American missionary who carried this bag containing white things of two different sizes with him every where. He explained that he wanted to bring something everybody could share together. Everyone agreed that the sharing that went on the night of the marshmallow roast was a definite high point for everyone including the Africans and the Greek nun who had never seen or heard of marshmallows before.
Thank you for your prayers and your support.

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