Thursday, June 30, 2011

DTS Classes

There are 17 students, pictured here with leaders and baby "Blessing", daughter of one of the students.

Classes run from 8 AM till 4 PM, we go for a walk then. Pictured here with us is Jaggen the DTS Leader.

This is the scene at the end of the street that YWAM is on.

Friday, June 24, 2011

First Week

We have been here now for about one week. I think we've settled into the time change.

There hasn't been much to do, except to go to the market, Nakumatt, a grocery/hardware store, to pick up items that we "need". A pail to help with the laundry, toilet paper (as we have to provide our own), electric cord, to plug in our Canadian items, umbrellas, and a cell phone.

We have not had a problem with the food, it is cooked well and is tasty. We have mostly, beans and rice. Cassava is a favorite with them, they eat everything but the stock. Leaves and root (two different ways) and it's not bad. Cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, and peas are some vegetables we've had.  Bananas, papaya, pineapple, avocados, passion fruit and oranges are the fruits. Although banana can become a vegetable. We've also had spaghetti. Breakfast is either, black tea with sugar or milk tea with sugar, and bread (like hotdog buns but a bit bigger) that you spread “Blue Band” - margarine on, or a drinkable porridge made from something (?) (they have told us but I didn't write it down). There has been some beef in the meals but not like we are used to. Our digestive systems are getting used to all the vegetables and fruit. And we have been drinking the filtered water and been doing okay. We are very thankful to God for this.

Our room is large with a bed, table, two chairs and a small cupboard. We hope to get a 'wardrobe' to hang our clothes in rather than on the line that is hung from window to window, as you can see in the pictures.

Cupboard where we would like to have a closet/wardrobe.
Temporary closet where we want to put the cupboard.
 We went for a walk up the road and there are little shops all along the way. They sell everything from meat to cell phones! We found one lady store owner who spoke English and we bought Fanta (pop) from her. Two pop, old glass bottles, cost less than a Canadian dollar, that was our treat for the week.

We have been learning a few words, mostly greeting words. We are also learning how to clean things Rwandan style, bathing, clothes, and rooms.

Peter had a cough before we left Canada and got medication for it but it came back so he went to see the Doctor here with another fellow, Jaggen, and got more meds. He is doing fine now.

We have found it a bit warm, but not overly. It cools down right nice a night, and is bearable in the day. This is winter, dry season, now and you will see them wearing sweater or coat in the mornings till it warms up.

We have found out that we will be the only Westerners taking DTS in June to Dec. Pray for us as it has been a long time since we were in a classroom situation.

Right now, since Sunday, there is a Hong Kong team of about 20+, aging 14 yrs, and up, that are here doing ministry work for 2 weeks. Some are Canadians from China and they had a more of a problem getting into Rwanda than we had. For some reason, unknown even to the staff here, the government isn't letting in Canadians like they did. We have a temporary visa for 15 days, and will be getting one that will last a year. Pray that things will go well with getting the visas.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tidbits of the last week!

Brussels Hotel restaurant, birthday luncheon. If you look close you will see a 'Fry' in my Hamburger Bun.

Brussels, just down from the hotel.

Passion Fruit at YWAM Rwanda, I think I like them!

The view from our room at the base.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Our flight over here was good, we had some delays in Toronto and Montreal, so when we arrived in Brussels we were too late to catch our next and final flight to Kigali.

Therefore we stayed over night in Brussels!

It was my Birthday that day, June 16, and so at the luncheon meal at the hotel, the others - a group of seven adults, who also missed the flight, sang Happy Birthday to me!

The 'others' that missed their flight were also going on to Kigali to do a short missions trip. It was nice to spend a bit of time with other fellow believers! And we also met 2 separate couples, with separate events, that came over here to do safari type adventures. It was good to visit with them. Hope everyone is going to have a great end to their journeys!

Then the next day we were given the opportunity to upgraded to First Class and have a very luxurious flight on to Kigali. (Thanks Air Canada for the unexpected Birthday gift - hotel room for one night and 3 meals and upgraded seat to First Class! I would never have thought that you would have been so generous!!!) It was very nice actually, to have a break from the airplane seats and have a bed for one night!

We were warmly welcomed by the YWAM Rwanda staff here, some that night, some the next day! What a blessing to be here! Today we went for a bit of a tour, and went to "town" in the afternoon to do somethings and pick up some stuff we will be needing over here. We did pick up a phone so that has eased our minds and maybe Family back home in Canada and USA!

On another note, we ask you to pray for us, that God would keep us healthy and that we would draw near to Him in every way as we learn and serve Him here in Rwanda.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Getting Ready To Go

Dear Supporters,

Some of you may be wondering what's been happening in our lives the last few weeks. Well, an awful lot!

We had about 9 days of garage sales and moved out of our house and cleaned it for the possession date - yes it has been sold - May 20, 2011.  That about covers the days from the 1st of April til the 20th of May. We were able to sell a lot of our worldly possessions, and the stuff we wanted to keep is in a 10 ft. by 16 ft. shed at a friend's place just out of Prince Albert. We gave some of the stuff away, and the rest we threw out. We also sold the truck just before we left for a two week trip to the USA. We still have the car and so we drove down to Huntsville, Alabama. We had a very safe trip there, stopping at Strasbourg to see Diane's Mom and Dad and Betty and Ron Howard.  We had a wonderful time with Kirk and his family, and took more time coming back. - we did some "all night driving" on the way down. We stopped to see Auntie Deone Gruchy on the way back and it happened that we also visited with a few cousins, Verla, Lorelee, and Linda and Lee. And at Strasbourg we visited again with Mom and Dad, Ron and Betty, and Kelvin and Arlene.

We arrived back in Prince Albert June 4th, and paid the last of the bills, etc. We still have the car to sell, and to sort through the last of the 'stuff' - what fits into the 50 lbs. category will be going with us! We are planning on staying with Leona and Fraser (Diane's sister) in Saskatoon till we fly overseas.

Please continue to pray for us as we have a few things to do before we fly out June 15th. On June 16th we will be landing in Kigali, Rwanda.  We will have a few days before DTS starts on June 27th to get settled and hopefully meet up with a few friends we met last year.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Traveling Home

Got a bit boring,
Looking at the tires of the semi got a bit more interesting 
when trying to get a picture of our car in the reflection!

Visited the House on the Rock

Last time we were there the gardens weren't this nice!

A Few More Pictures

 We had a lot of fun at the Lake House!

Keelyn happy to be going to the Lake House!

Conner enjoyed his new present!

And his Birthday Cake!

Kiersten was sure that Grandma would love the Lake House!