Strawberry and Rhubarb jam is freshly on the mission table and Heather, Vanessa and I are about to make more Strawberry and more Plum Jam. Last Strawberry Jam batch was so good that one woman who bought a jar rang me to ask if she could have four more :-)
I have plans for a Courgette and Tomato Chutney.
Do let me know if you have any source of apricots. Seconds are fine. I don't make jam any more when I have to pay for the fruit. That seems to negate the purpose of the fund-raising. The profits are too slim to make it worthwhile.
We had a wonderful testimony about the rain in Kondoa recently. Rain had not fallen during December, the start of the rainy season. People were afraid for the harvest and were even getting short of drinking water. Ian emailed Bishop Given to suggest that they command the rains to come. Here is his reply:
Thank you so much for your advice! You know what happened? I just finished the service and we had prayed for the rain during intersession. As I announced the choir to sing a chorus so that we can get out, an idea came to open my mobile and I decided to check my email, as I opened my email I found your email I read your email while moving outside the church to shake people's hands as usual, as I read your email the Holy Spirit came upon me in a very special way and outside the church I told the people about your email and that you wanted to command the rain and everyone started to command rain and a number of Muslims who were passing stood watching us commanding the rain to come! It was wonderful moment and you know what? The rain came the next day and it has been just wonderful and there is joy and peace! Life has come even if we are late for planting yet water has brought life for our people and our animals! You know in rural villages where they relying on rain even drinking water was difficulty, so food is difficulty but also even water!
We praise God for speaking with you far away from New Zealand for Tanzanian people!
May God richly bless you, may you continue to see new hope, peace and joy for God's people!
WOW! Go for it, church of Kondoa!
For a neat rain picture, see https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/73/01/52/730152322c8978303536425e393d1f81.jpg