Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and family!  The most heard statement today will probably be “We all have a lot to be thankful for,” except from my beloved and hilarious brother-in-law, who is very thankful but will also have some irreverent things to say about sports, family, and cocktails.

Of course we do all have a lot for which to be thankful, although my list might look a little different this year. Naturally I’m more thankful than ever for my friends, family, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  I’m thankful for the warm, brilliant visitors who were here from the US this weekend, representing the Episcopal Church of the United States at the  Consecration and Installation of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika’s new Bishop (more on this in a minute), I’m grateful for the granola bars and other wonderful tastes of home they brought.  I’m grateful for Tanzanians who have so warmly welcomed me and teach me so much every single day, especially my fantastic colleagues at the CK Office. I’m thankful that, thanks to the generosity of our many donors, thousands of Tanzanian children have had and continue to have an opportunity for the education they crave so sincerely. I’m thankful for the new friends I’ve made since I got here. I’m thankful that everything works in my restroom and that I’m only tragically hot about an hour a day.

I bumped into  a delightful child, Hudson, who was in Sunday School the day we talked about being thankful for ten things each morning. I’m thankful he told me he is actually doing it! He’s thankful for the usual family and friends but also plants, animals, and rain. I don’t remember to do it every morning.  Ok most mornings. But children are like that, aren’t they? They’ll try something if you suggest it the right way, and if it suits, they keep doing it.

The people of DCT are thankful for their new Bishop, Dr. Dickson Chilongani and his wonderful wife, Pendo, which means “love.”  He follows Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo, who started the Carpenter’s Kids program and must be one of the most beloved people in Tanzanian history. Sadly, he died in March.

Thousands of people were at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit here in Dodoma for the Consecration and Installation, Sunday and Monday. The services were both very moving and the musical celebrations amazing. Archbishop Jacob presided.  I had coincidentally met him the day before and he introduced himself as simply Jacob.  The Prime Minister spoke for a good while. The new Bishop delivered a sermon, and while I couldn’t understand it, it was very well received by the Swahili speakers, who laughed and clapped and generally expressed great approval.  I have lots of video but unfortunately, my iphone broke so I will send videos, which you will want to see, as soon as I can.  DCT has much to be thankful for, as the biggest Anglican Diocese in the world, with over a half a million members, over 30 programs, including schools, hospitals, and of course, Carpenter’s Kids.mapin kids

So, while it’s just Thursday here, you can be sure there is much to be thankful for all over.

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8 Responses to Thanksgiving Thoughts

  1. Erik Greenbaum says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Judy…I am thankful for you and all you are doing for the people/kids of TZ. Enjoy your turkey! (: God bless Erik

    Erik 434-987-5698 cell


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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! We are off to Lakeland to share the day with Bob’s family and extended family. This is the only time we get to see all the cousins etc. and yes, Bob has already started on his crazy posts on Facebook about meat sweats, stretchy pants and why Pitbull he shakes his wrist so much when he sings. I usually don’t read his posts much because they are crazy but at times I do have to add a ” please don’t encourage this” but I doesn’t help. He a mess but my loveable mess. The girls are great, busy with dance, school and Nutcracker practice as its coming up in 3 weeks. They are both Sprites( fairy like) and are beautiful. Hannah now taller than me and Haley is close. Apparently she has grown 2 inches since February. have a safe one. We love you

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  3. Diane says:

    I am thankful for YOU and your ministry in TZ with the CK program, for our time together and our new friendship, for all the DCT folks and their ministry. Thank you for your blog and for reminding us of everyday things we need to be thankful for such as drinkable running water and working bathrooms! You are a true gift to all! Many blessings to you. Miss ya already! Diane

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  4. Meems says:

    Sending pictures of the Crosby Clan, friends, boyfriends and extended friends of family. I hate to say we ate too much when so many of your new friends, are hungry and thristy! But we did pray for all of you!
    Met Danni’s boyfriend and his mother..delightful and sweet!
    Danni made 5 desserts, and the turkey was fabulous…many thought about you and your chickens..
    So excited you got to attend all the celebrations of your new Bishop!
    Love you heat tonight but, we will bundle up.. cannot complain when so many are not having food or lights!
    Love you much..thankful for you!

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  5. Charlcie Fielding says:

    Thankful for people like you in the world.

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  6. Maggie O'C says:

    I thought of you all weekend. I am thankful for you everyday and wish I could just call you.


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  7. Angie Jones says:

    Dear sweet Judy, you are the best! When I read you posts I often think of all the many reasons I love you. I am thankful for your friendship and honored to have you as a dear friend. Miss you. I’m trying to remember all my Ohio stories…. Saving them for when you return and we sit outside and laugh till we cry. Xoxox

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  8. jccrosby2014 says:

    I miss you terribly too! Can’t wait to hear some of those Ohio stories. I miss them! Soon! Love you


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