We watched a movie the other night...
... about a really cool old guy from Kenya, named Kimani Maruge.
An 84 year old farmer living in a mud shack in poor village, former Mau Mau fighter, ex prisoner of war, lame widower... What he wanted most of all, though, was to be a student; he wanted to learn how to read. So he persuades a teacher at the local primary school to allow him join her class as a student.
One of the things that the movies only barely, whisperingly touches is that his longing to read is a craving to dive into God's Word for himself, no longer dependent on sermons or others to read for him.
Kimani Maruge died in 2009; 89 years old and in 6th grade. He certainly lived what he preached (at least according to the movie): "Learn till the soil gets in your ears."
I pray every day for a heart that is thankful that I still have opportunity to learn, that longs to study and grow, and one that remains gentle and teachable, even when the lessons I need to learn are long, hard and painful ones.
this week's gratitude list
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long, hard, painful lessons
the joy and challenge of teaching Algebra
watching kiddos figure out that fractions are friendlier than that first thought
electric and internet at the same time
pile of papers completely graded and recorded
chili dogs and movie night at the school
seeing a dear friend smile
first day of swim lessons
another accident, seeing God's hand of protection
giggles with big girls
nems and rice delivered for dinner
Henri's sermons - he delivers some one-line zingers
the report that family is helping my recently widowed aunt
three hippos down by the bridge
pouring rain on one side of the river, nothing but a few scattered drops on the other... how does God cause that to happen
Saturday morning breakfast and shopping
m&m floating away and blowing bubbles in her tube
realizing that Bren taught the Jon-man to swim, Rebekah coached Elsie Mae and now Nadia's making fabulous progress working with the littlest tike
littlest tike's sparkly blue eyes and matching sparkly personality
continued progress at literacy class... the goal is in sight
my girls discovering The Little Princess
anticipating a birthday party this weekend
looking forward to Bible study coming up this weekend... and an actual day off to prepare!
halfway through our hottest time of the year... counting down the weeks until the rains should (hopefully) arrive
negative-for-infection lab results