Relief

Written 28.06.2011 08:06 under Archive

This is a report written by Mirjam, who has been with the Masai tribe. Mirjam is a big help to us in our work.

 

Dear friends,
 
 

I would like to tell you about my trip last Tuesday to Mswakini to hand out humanitarian aid. We started earlier than normal this year because of the severe drought. This year they have attempted to sow three crops, but they have all failed. Although, the rain started on time this year, it stopped. We had five days of effective rain, and that was it. The lake is almost empty, and the pump for drinking water broke down. It is being repaired, but three weeks have passed without clean drinking water. Soon they will have to walk 19 kilometres for a single bucket of water. The life of a Masai is not easy.

 

 

But let me tell you about what happened, when we went to buy maize. You may have heard, that there is a famine in Kenya, too. So, they go from Kenya to Tanzania to buy the small harvest they have. To explain, what this means, I have to say that normally for this season one sack of maize is about 25-30,000 shillings. We had to pay 52,000 per sack. This is twice as much! Now, it is illegal for Kenyan´s to buy maize in TZ, but they are hungry, so they sneak through the bush across the border, so they will not be seen by the police. But God was with us, and we managed to get 100 sacks, which is 10 tonnes of maize. It was all handed out within a week!

 

 

Then, last Tuesday we went to the Mswakini Masai territory with 50 sacks of maize. When we arrived, there was trouble, because a government official had to come and talk to the people about the opening of a new building, and they demanded that EVERYONE showed up. But everyone had gone to the church to see us, so a lot of important men came to me and said, we could not hand out food till they had finished, and the minister was afraid to let us continue, because He would get in trouble with them later. So, what to do? Should we go home, or how could we solve this problem? But then we found a way to involve the chief, to whom we have a good relationship, and He immediately said that “mama” could hand out food to all the women, and then the men could stay for the meeting. So we gave thanks to God for giving us a peaceful solution, and we could still hand out food.

 


 

The women swarmed like bees as soon as they were given permission, it was evident, how hungry they were. Firstly, we handed out food to the neediest families, the seniors, the widows and orphaned children. When we had given food to the families, we had invited, we had about ten sacks left. All the uninvited women stood in a long line, and we shared, what was left. Not a single grain of maize was wasted, everything was picked up, just think, many of them started chewing on the raw grain, it was frustrating to see, they were so hungry.

 

 

I received many thanks, hugs and blessings, and these are, what I really want to share with you, because without you this could not be done, God has placed me here as a caretaker of what He has given me, and I hand out, what He sends our way. God is faithful in the big and small things.

 

 

Thank you, if you will pray for us as a family and for the Masai´s.

 

Pray that we are able to help them through yet another hard situation, and that the love of God will be spread out among this proud people.

 

Big hug

Mirjam

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    [post_content] =>  I den uge, hvor Torkild var af sted på børnekampagne, skete der noget, som rystede os dybt. During the week when Torkild was away something happened that shook us deeply.  
 
Vores tyske venner og naboer, Rosy og Friedhelm, var blevet syge (I husker sikkert, at vi mange gange har skrevet om Friedhelm, som har bygget adskillige kirker sammen med Torkild i store dele af Tanzania). Rosy skrev til os for at høre, hvordan vi havde det, for de havde fået feber og følte sig meget dårlige. Deres tjenestepige havde fået konstateret covid-19 og var meget syg. Tilsyneladende havde hun smittet Rosy og Friedhelm.
 
Jeg foreslog straks, at de skulle søge læge, men Rosy sagde, at Friedhelm var så dårlig, at han ikke ville kunne sidde i en bil for at komme hen til lægen. Det lykkedes at få lægen til at komme hjem til dem. Friedhelm blev indlagt på et missionshospital ca. 150 km fra Arusha, hvor der også arbejder læger fra Vesten.
 
Dagen efter Torkilds hjemkomst ringede Rosy for at fortælle, at Friedhelms tilstand var forværret. Han skulle muligvis flyves til et hospital i Dar es Salaam eller Nairobi. Hun havde glemt deres pas, så Torkild besluttede at hente passene og køre til hospitalet sammen med vores chauffør, Hilary, for at se, hvordan han kunne hjælpe.
 
Lægen havde i mellemtiden snakket med Rosy og frarådet at flytte Friedhelm, da hans tilstand var yderst kritisk. Problemet på de fleste hospitaler i Tanzania er, at man ikke har respiratorer. Det var det, de manglede til Friedhelm.
 
Ved middagstid dagen efter, Torkild var kommet frem til hospitalet, sov Friedhelm stille og fredfyldt ind.
 
Sikke et chok for hans kone, som ikke havde nogen fra familien omkring sig. Hun begyndte straks at ringe til børnene for at fortælle, at deres far var gået bort.
 
Liget skulle flyttes fra hospitalet inden aften samme dag, da de ikke har noget kølehus til opbevaring. Hilary kørte liget i Friedhelms bil, og Torkild tog Rosy med i vo¬res bil. De kørte til et hospital i Arusha, hvor Friedhelm kom på køl. 
 
Derefter blev bilen desinficeret indvendig, og Hilary blev også sprøjtet over med denne væske. Han kom helt våd hjem til mig om aftenen og spurgte: ”Åh, mama, må jeg ikke få et hurtigt bad og låne noget tørt tøj?” 
 
Friedhelm havde tidligere givet udtryk for, at han gerne ville begraves i Tanzania. Han fik sådan en flot begra¬velse – en konge værdig. Han blev begravet ved vores FPCT-kirke i Ngaramtoni; det er den lokale kirke, vi samarbejder med.
 
Han efterlader sig kone og 4 børn. En af sønnerne kom for at deltage i begravelsen.
 

  

 
 
Our German friends and neighbors, Friedhelm and Rosy fell ill (you probably remember that we wrote about Friedhelm many times. He built several churches with the help of Torkild in large parts of Tanzania). Rosy wrote to us to hear how we were doing because they had gotten a temperature and felt bad. Their maid was very ill with covid-19. Seemingly, she had passed it on to Friedhelm and Rosy.
 
I immediately suggested that they saw a doctor, but Rosy said Friedhelm was so sick that he could not sit in a car to get to the doctor. Finally, the doctor instead came to their house. Friedhelm was admitted to a missionary hospital approx. 150 km from Arusha with doctors from the West. 
 
The day after Torkild’s return Rosy called and said that Friedhelm’s condition had worsened. Possibly he would be taken by plane to a hospital in Dar es Salaam or Nairobi. She had forgotten their passports so Torkild decided to take the passports to the hospital with our driver, Hilary to see if he could help.
 
In the meantime, the doctor had talked to Rosy and advised her not to move Friedhelm as his condition was extremely critical. The problem is that most Tanzanian hospitals do not have any respirators. And they needed one for Friedhelm.
 
At noon the following day after Torkild had arrived in the hospital, Friedhelm passed away, quietly and peacefully.
 
It was big a shock to his wife who had no relatives around her. She immediately began calling the children to inform them of their father’s passing. 
 

The body had to be moved from the hospital before evening on the same day, as they have no cooling rooms. Hilary drove the body in Friedhelm’s car and Torkild took Rosy in our car. They drove to a hospital in Arusha where Friedhelm was put in a cooler. 
 
Friedhelm had earlier expressed that he wanted to be buried in Tanzania. He received a truly royal funeral. He was buried at our FPCT church in Ngaramtoni, which is the local church that we work with.
 
He leaves behind his wife and four children. One of the sons came to be a part of the funeral.

 
  

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