September 2010

Newsletter September 2010

Just this moment Evelina, my house daughter, Zuena, a 20 year old waiting to start nurses training and I returned to my house in the village from working in the field.

After several months of being somewhat discouraged because the solar power is not installed, I feel so exhilarated today. Last week we burned 4 acres of Sunrise Childrens land. It has not been worked for a couple years and lots of shrubs, weeds, ferns, bamboo shoots, etc. So burning was the only solution plus many hours of clearing.

So today Fredy, my foreman, Ima, who is waiting to start the University, Arasta, our new tractor driver, the girls and I took the tractor and plow to the burned land that was given to the orphanage by the village. What a challenge and so exciting to see that tractor work. As it plowed, we walked behind picking up little potatoes that have been resting, just waiting for us to gather for planting next week. The four acres seemed more like 40 acres, but this is the beginning of sustainability for the orphanage. One more day of plowing and then we will use the 18 disc harrow. After that we buy more potatoes and start planting. I am just amazed and on cloud nine.

Never thought at age 70, I would become a farmer!

The tractor, plow and harrow are a God send.  Thank you, Helen!

This Sunday the bank in town is auctioning off 6 big trucks and one bus due to foreclosure. There is one lori  (big truck) that I would like to have. I have asked the bank manager to allow me first chance to purchase for the orphanage. With a lori that size, we could cut out the middle man and transport and sell potatoes to my business friends in Dar es Salaam. We could also collect the huge bags of potatoes from Uhekule villagers, and I could pay them more as there would be no middle men.

There I times when I wonder where I get the strength and good health to do all this physical work. Also, how I get these ideas for making the orphanage sustainable. Then I remember how close I feel to the Lord over here. The strength comes from Him.

I live and work with villagers who only care about the three basics;  food, shelter and clothing. (In this village, if you own a bicycle, you feel rich. ) The food is pretty bad, the shelters leak during the rainy season and their clothing is certainly plain.  But, life here is very simple.

Keep in mind, many of my older villagers cannot read or write, even their name. The middle aged, 20 to 40 ( 43 is the average life span here) may have finished 7th grade. What I am most proud of are the American friends who have or are sponsoring an orphan from my village to attend high school.

The fruits of our labor are starting to appear. Because of your generosity, we now have three young men teaching in elementary school…all were sponsored by Americans.  We have one studying Rural Development at the University in Morogoro and another at the University in Dar wanting to be an attorney. There are a total of 27 orphans now being sponsored by you and me in eight different schools. It does create a bookkeeping headache for me recording payments for school fees. Most of them are orphan girls, but we do have 5 orphan boys being sponsored.  Thank you for your help.

Another amazing phenomenon right now is the blooming of peach, plum and pear blossoms. We haven’t had a drop of rain since May, yet these trees are in full bloom…very beautiful. Our current season is spring.

I am coming back to the U.S. in November to see family and friends returning to Tanzania Dec. 2nd.

Bless all of you for your help.

Peace and love,

Kay Oursler (aka BBK)

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