Anna Kibua asked me to bless her house. I agreed
right away. Somehow I felt the Holy Spirit wanted me to do this. Anna is a nurse
at Kibaha Government Hospital outside of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was still
a teenager when I first came to Kibaha in September, 1982. Now she is 27.
I went to bless Anna’s house on Sunday evening about 5
p.m. It is a mud and stick house with four rooms and a hallway down the center
that is used as a sitting room for guests. There is no running water. Anna has a
bed in two of the rooms, a small radio, no chairs and just a few cooking
utensils. I could see at a glance that Anna had really been scraping to save
money from her meager salary that could be no more that $40 a month. After
several years she finally was able to get coconut leaves on her roof and doors
and windows in her house. Even such a modest structure costs about $500.
But somehow Anna did it and without any kind of stealing
or collecting bribes which some of the nurses and hospital people do. It was a
thrill to bless Anna’s house. She had never asked me for any other favor. Lots
of people building houses ask me for galvanized iron sheets or doors or cement,
etc., etc. Anna just asked me to bless her home.