Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DTS Rwanda Update December

So our six months of DTS training are over! Twelve weeks of lectures, and 13 weeks of outreach! We had a great time with the other 15 students and 3 staff on outreach into Burundi. We spent 1 week of Briefing at YWAM Rwanda base, then 5 weeks of ministry in Gitega, Burundi, and 6 weeks of ministry in Bujumbura, Burundi. The 13th week was spent in Bujumbura debriefing and preparing for Graduation – Friday, Dec. 16th.

We travelled back from Burundi to Rwanda on the 17th of December and then left for a short time, to a couple of places in Rwanda, for a rest, and to spend Christmas on Skype with our children. The MOST DIFFERENT Christmas we have spent as a family for sure!!! Peter and I had the most relaxed Christmas that we can remember. We missed all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season this year. But more so, the family gatherings that come with the fun and food of the season! We did see some Christmas trees in stores and in homes here, but there really is not much for celebrating and such, here in Rwanda at Christmas time. We understand that there is more celebrations at New Years!

We are leaving on a trip tomorrow (Dec. 29th) to northeastern Rwanda to a village to do some evangelism. We are going with Alex – the translator Peter had when we visited Rwanda in 2010. We are going to his home village and will be there for 4 days, coming back by January 2nd. We are excited to be going and ministering there. Please pray for us as we travel and minister to the people.

After that, we plan on getting together with a few others that we have come to know, and see what their ministry is, and do what we can to help out. Nothing is written down, so we will mostly go when and where the Lord leads. A little like our weeks of outreach were like, – the Lord only knew how to prepare us for it. You are not sure what you will encounter, but it is always exciting to see who the Lord puts in your path, and how you can be a Blessing to them, and be Blessed in return!

In 28 days we will be heading to the airport, January 24th, and fly to Canada, arrive early on the 26th of Jan. We hopefully will get a visit in with most of you in the 2 or 3 months that we plan to be in North America before we come back to Rwanda.

So we have a busy month left here, and then a couple of busy months visiting with family and friends. Please keep us in your prayers during this time. There will be lots of traveling to do and we also need your prayers in setting up a schedule for the time we spend in Canada & USA. If you would like us to come for a visit please contact us and we will try our hardest to schedule you in!

Christmas Day 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda

Making African Tea for Breakfast

Thanks Fahamu for helping us to make breakfast!
First time to make African Milk Tea and to cook at the YWAM Rwanda Base!
Lighting the coals.

Heating the milk and water.

Lemon grass, grated ginger and finely ground tea leaves added to milk and water.

After boiled, strain off Milk Tea, and add sugar.

Add bread, Blue Band and jam - African Milk Tea Breakfast!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Story

   At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.  (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.  And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.  He took with him Mary, his fiancĂ©e, who was now obviously pregnant.   And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.  She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
   That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,  but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”   Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
   “Glory to God in highest heaven,
      and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
   When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
   They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.  All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,  but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.  The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Christmas Day Photo Shoot in Rwanda

Okay, so we got a little bit carried away with the photo shoot - these are the best of 99 pics!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


The Lord God has blessed me with 20+ people in my life the last 6 months. These people have been God's chosen ones. They have blessed me with their personalities, character and love for God. They have blessed me - in loving me for who I am. (Oh yeah, you got tears in your eyes too!) That's what LOVE does I guess! These new lifelong friends have a special place in my heart and I hope that we will get to talk to each other, and see each other, lots over the rest of my lifetime.
Hats off to all of you, Stay true to God, and Stay strong in your Faith in Him!
Congratulations to the Survivors of June DTS 2011!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Update on DTS

A lot has happened in the last six months but not much has been documented here.
There are a lot of pictures loaded on my computer and a lot of memories in my mind.
In a week today, we will be traveling back to Rwanda.
It has been a packed full 6 months.
We have enjoyed the experience and will have many memories for years to come.

Mostly though, we have made many friends that will last a lifetime. The 'journey' was like one of those 'bonding trips' we took as a family. Yeah, we are now a part of another family. Bonding trips have their "ups and downs", their "good and bad", their "highs and lows" and this one was no different. We all got to see all sides of each other, for better or for worse!
A few times, I secretly (now not so secret), was very glad I was married and had my husband as my only room-mate!
Seriously though, I wouldn't have traded the experience for anything else.
What good would it have done to have lived through the last 6 months NOT doing God's Will!
No, I'm very grateful to have gone through some tough times, than to be out of His Will!

Now to carry on with what God has planned for the rest of our lives.
More to come on that when this week is over.

Monday, November 14, 2011

King's Centre

Enjoying a 24 hour break at King's Centre in Bujumbura, Burundi!
Picture to come since I forgot to bring my camera cord with us.
(Yes, breaks do class as ministry!)
Photo compliments of King's Centre

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Church/House

These are some pics of the house in Bujumbura the 20 of us are staying in. It is also being used as a church.

The outside cooking area.

Toilet Week Three And Four And Five

Toilet construction!

The new toilet foundation!

Half a day's work - half the walls up!
Cleaning inside.
Walls complete - starting the roof.
Putting tiles on.
An American couple were helping out too.
The door was made and hung!
Burning the old toilet!!!!

Toilet Week Two

More pics of toilet digging, and window installation, and the curtains.

Taking the windows up to Zach's house.
The bricks have dried nicely, and have been stacked.

Preparing the window opening for the frame.
Also they dug the hole deeper.
The curtains!
Their house with the windows in.
The following day when we came back,
I noticed that they had rearranged their few belongings they owned.

Toilet Week One

Here are some pictures of the toilet we built from the bricks we made.
Current toilet is on the left, digging new hole in the middle, their house in the back centre.
A lot of sweat hauling the water to make the mud for bricks!!!!
Digging the new toilet hole!
Mixing mud to make the bricks.
Chopping straw for the bricks - Zachary's wife.
First day bricks laying out to dry - about 60, and the team that did it.
Taking a break from digging.
Dried mud on my legs from mixing it to make the bricks.
While we made bricks, Peter worked on the window frames.