Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Igitenge

No, it's not a spelling mistake! 
Don't ask me to pronounce it, 
although I've been told a number of times!
But I do know that it means material or cloth!
I bought some igitenge and then asked a shop down the street from here to sew it up. And specifically asked her to save me all the scraps. She was very generous and even gave me scraps of other material that she had laying around.
1st material - was a smaller piece, 4 yds. I think.
Made a 2 piece outfit with pockets, and scraps for quilts.
2nd material, 6 yds I believe.
Made this outfit, with pockets, the head piece is big enough to wear as a wrap skirt!
The extra material she gave me.
 I just bought the material and paid to get it sewn up. In the price of sewing it up - included the thread, 4 zippers, 2 buttons, and lining for the tops and the top of one of the skirts! All for the price of what I'd probably pay for the thread to sew both items! I really miss my machine, but I couldn't have sewn these up for that. Now I'm set with two more skirt outfits for outreach!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Team Trusting

Olivier Mugwiza is one of our DTS leaders. His blog, oliviermugwiza, has his story (part of it) and other interesting tidbits about his life, on it. His most recent post is about DTS and Burundi. You will find a very interesting picture of Peter and I there, about a trust building exercise we did! Enjoy taking a peek into his life!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Salmond Prayer Letter

Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

We have now finished eight weeks of our DTS (Discipleship Training School)
   The first week we studied the Nature and Character of God, it was a very good course on getting to know God better, the more you understand Him the stronger you become.
   The 2nd week was learning about our Identity In Christ and Our Relationship With Christ. This was understanding who we are in Christ as His children. There was a gentle reminder that faith without action is dead.
   The 3rd week, I always love this topic, for many of the students it was the first time they had heard and understood, The Father Heart Of God. One of the question we were asked to talk about, discuss and answer was: Is everything that has happened to you in your life God's will?  It proved to bring out a lot more questions, and a number of conclusions by the students. There was 4 - No, 10 - Yes, 5 - I don't know. So it made for a very interesting week, as students and staff alike dealt with personal issues in relation to the Father heart of God. As in God being Father and Mother to those that have no parents, or to those who had parents that never treated them right, and other issues along that line.
   The 4th week was Interpersonal Relationships, and a good week of developing that.
   The 5th week was Fear Of God, Pride & Humility! This week was understanding our position in Christ. 
   The 6th week was: Sin, Repentance, and Restitution! The week looked at deep areas where we may be hiding sin. and how to deal with it.
   The 7th week was: The Holy Spirit! This week we didn't really learn anything new but were reminded again of the work of the Holy Spirit.
   The 8th week was: Praise and Worship! This week we are learning how to write a song of praise and worship to God! 
   The 9th week is: Prayer, Intercession and Spiritual Warfare!
   The 10th week is: Stewardship, Servanthood, Cost of Discipleship!
   The 11th week is: Worldview and Cross Culture!
   The 12th week is: Missions, Evangelism, Discipling Nations for God!
We have enjoyed all the weeks so far and are looking forward to the ones to come.

God has blessed us in many ways. One of those blessings was during the third week, we officially/unofficially became the parents in the DTS classroom. It is not uncommon for us to be called mom or dad by most of the students and sometimes even by some of the staff. It is a real honor here to be older. There is such great respect for the elders in this culture. They do not want to allow us to work to hard, because it is the responsibility of the young people to do all of the work. They find it hard to believe that Diane and I lived alone in our own home and did all of our own house and yard work. So it is part of the culture we have to understand, and they are starting to understand ours a bit more as well.

We have also been learning some Kinyarwanda language from the students in our interaction with them as we go about our day to day activities. Words like 'Good morning', 'How are you doing?', 'Hello', 'yes' and 'no'. They will all be very helpful as we go into ministry in the villages or in the city later on, during and when we are done DTS.

We have been here for eight Sundays now and we have been to seven different churches, three of them were english services and the others were Rwandan services, but we have had a translator for them. So the services have been very good, and we have been received very well by the Family of God in each of these churches.

So this is a little about what has been happening with us, since our arrival in Rwanda. Please continue to pray for us as we have a long way to go with our training yet, and much more to learn. God is also opening up opportunities to minister here during our training. We have been on three outreach opportunities, and have been blessed! We ministered by sharing the gospel, we visited and were an encouragement to HIV/AIDs victims – singing and praying with them for their needs, we also, were given a whole service and as a team ministered in different ways – skit, singing, testimonies and preaching.

We are hoping that once the Outreach starts we will have internet access. Outreach starts the last week in September and goes to the middle of December, so if you don't hear from us in that time please continue to pray for us. The plan right now is to go somewhere in Burundi, Africa. It is the country just south of Rwanda and we have about 5 students from that country taking classes with us. We are asking you for your prayers during this time and even now in preparation for us and for those that we will be ministering to.

Please pray for our children and their families – LaDonna & Jason Harris, and 6 children, Kirk & Candace Salmond, and 3 children, Jason & Becky Salmond, and 3 children, and John Salmond. We have had opportunity to talk with all but John on Skype and that is great but this is a new experience for all of us to be separated like this. Please remember them in your prayers, too. And our other family members – parents and siblings and families! We have been blessed by all.

We want to say thank you for your many prayers and financial support for the last few months. You are a part of our team, and if you have any questions about our time here in Rwanda please email us. We would really love to hear from you all.  We love you all and miss you.  But God is good and is keeping us well.

If you are not, and would like to, information is on this blog as to how to support us (or you can contact us by email).

Monday, August 22, 2011

What we are doing this week

We have been praying for the famine in Somalia for the last few weeks.
It is more than sad, what is happening there to the people.
This week we wanted to do something more, and we are!

YWAM Rwanda is praying and fasting,
saving the money we would spend on two meals a day,
then we will send it to Somalia.
Please join us this week!

Just For Fun

Just for fun I thought it would be neat to see what day of the week I was born. It then reminded me of a saying/poem about the days of the week and about the child that was born on that day.
So Peter found this site about the poem by:

Mother Goose, called Monday's Child Is Fair Of Face


Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.

So because it gives option to find out what day of the week you were born, I thought it might be nice to see. So -
Peter  was born on Saturday,
Diane was born on Tuesday,
LaDonna was born on Saturday,
Kirk was born on Tuesday,
Jason was born on Saturday, and
John was born on Saturday.

Saturday's child works hard for a living.You are ambitious, enjoy work, and like to accomplish things. 
You know what you want!

 Tuesday's child is full of grace.You have many talents, and are fun to be around. 
You dance through life!

I found that interesting! But it was just for fun!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More of Peter's Birthday

You will find more pictures of Peter's birthday on Fahamu Kibambazi's webpage/blog. 
Fahamu is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and currently is one of the DTS leaders. 
You can also read more of his story on his web page.
Enjoy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Trust and Washing

Yesterday for our 'Big Group' (an hour each week all spend together talking about whatever is on the 'table') we took 2  1/2 hrs. Peter was leading and we were on the goal of building trust within the group. So we did some trust exercises. The first one trusting someone to catch you when you fall backwards into them. The second one is to form a circle with someone in the middle and that person keeps their feet planted in one spot and falls toward the circle of people around them and they roll you around the circle without letting you fall. The third one is where you fall backwards into the arms of about 10 people from about a 6 ft. height with someone laying on the ground under the arms that you are falling into.
Trust - do you trust those who will catch you.
Trust - do you trust those that are catching the person dropping down onto you.
Trust - do you trust the person falling, that they will keep their arms tucked and not spread them out as they fall and hit you as you catch them.
After everyone was given a chance to be in each of the different positions, we then stood around and talked about it. It was something that even the staff had not done. So for all it was a learning experience.

So today is cleaning day!

We have clothes to wash and sheets and the floor in our room is needing a washing too. Below is Rebecca, one of our fellow students, helping us do our wash. She learned a few more English words, we can communicate but it is limited. God Bless you Rebecca!
I have a lot to learn about how to wash here. Our clothes have been washed each week by us, but I think that they are much cleaner this week than they've been since we've come! Rebecca, you're a dear!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peter's Rwandan Bday Party

We talked with Becky, Nolan & Makenna & Daeton on Skype - The grandchildren wished Grampa Pops a Happy Birthday! and then we went out for the 'garden party'!

DTS staff and students surprised Peter for his Birthday!
Thanks "DTS Family" for making Peter & I feel at 'home'!


We had ice cream and peanuts!

And they prayer for us!

We are so Blessed!
And Margaret (one of the DTS Leaders) phoned Peter and sang "Happy Birthday" to him!
Thanks everyone for making his day very special!

Happy Birthday!

 Happy 55th Birthday Peter!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Weather, Praise and Worship

We've been here almost 9 weeks now!

And today was cold!

Okay, give me a chance to explain.

It has been raining off and on for the last couple of days, and there has been very little sunshine. So the breeze seems cool coming off the wet foliage. And last evening, I put on my sweater that I brought with me, for the first time. It was chilly outside. Today, I wore extra clothes and even put on socks and shoes, rather than my sandals - they're broke any way. I've been wearing them almost every day since we got here, and now they are broken. But, they are getting fixed! And the sheet that's been covering us at night, just didn't cut it last night. We had the bedspread on too, all night. We aren't wearing 'fall type' coats, like some of the others yet, but we seem to be climatizing.

Today, we performed songs that we wrote based on Psalm 100. We were given a bit of time to be creative to write and perform the songs over the last 24 hrs. The Staff even invited some producers in to hear what we had come up with. It was quite the day. Lots of fun and very different from any of the other weeks. We all did very well, and maybe we might see our songs (or some of them) produced!!! It was great way to learn more about praising and worshiping our King! It is nice to have a 'light' topic this week, as last week we were going through the work of the Holy Spirit! Don't get me wrong - last week was great, but you might say that it was a heavier topic!

The view we have from our room. The blue roof is the dining hall. Taken the first week in August when we had lots of sunshine.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Another Bday Party

Last night another student - Dieudonne - had a "First Time Ever" Birthday Party,
a  year younger than our third child.

Guest of honor - Happy Birthday Dieudonne!

These were very tasty, meat filled, served with milk tea!

A time of prayer for the honored guest!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Special Sunday

Today we went to be with Favor and her family as she was dedicated at her church.
The first time she has been off the base, her first outing!
Jaggen & Ruth, Praise and Favor.
We are just leaving to catch a 'bus', the YWAM base sign is beside Peter's head.
I knew Jaggen was worship leader at his church, I didn't know he knew how to play the keyboard. The man is full of surprises!
Mama Favor giving her praise to God! Pastor is holding Favor.
Church Leaders praying for Favor.
On the way home, we walked past this statue in Kigali, a woman and child.
And later, had brochettes and potatoes, and Fanta, at a restaurant near the YWAM base, Praise's favorite.
It was a wonderful time for all! Although, Mama Favor, Favor and Chantelle had to head back right after the walk past the statue. (But we did bring brochettes home for them!)
Thanks Jaggen's family for a wonderful time to share with you! (and Moise for translating!)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lately

Lots has happened since last post,

Our closet is finished! Sure is nice to have the room more organized!
So we moved the table too!

Peter has had opportunity to help once or twice a week in the kitchen with meal preparation!

Ruth & Jaggen had a special occasion tonight!

They introduced their new daughter, Favor, to everyone and we had a time of prayer too!
Yes, this had to happen!!!!
We were told to dress smart. It was the first time I've worn this full outfit here.
We were told we looked 'SMART' - the highest compliment!




Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday's Outreach

We walked to outreach - about 1 hour - uphill most of the way! 
We went with  two YWAM Staff that work 
This is just one of many of the places APRECOM works at in/near Kigali.

I'm not sunburned, but I am very hot! Only about half way there!

Same time, this is what we were climbing.

This is where we came from.

On the first distant hill, is where the YWAM Base is.

Chicks with hen at the yard where we ministered.

I was basically told to take the motorbike home with Amiss, a YWAM APRECOM Staff.

I think this is my first motorbike ride (in a skirt)! No need for a helmet, it was a very safe ride!

Tonny and Moise, two fellow students, very near the place where we ministered. Not as many hills south of there.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First Outreach Sunday

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for our outreach on Sunday, July 31, 2011!
The two pictures below are of the skit we did at the church we went to. Two students shared their testimonies also.
In the beginning, God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.....
Eve took the fruit.....

Margaret, preaching the Word, is one of our fearless DTS Leaders.

The country side near where we went.
We left the base at about 8:15 AM and took two bus rides to get to our destination, which was on the outskirts of Kigali! We arrived at about 10 AM. There were some pretty steep roads that the bus had to climb and descend. We had a wonderful time sharing, and were treated with Fanta and sweet bread after the service. (That is a very big Thank You given for going to their church - there were 20 of us that went.) We had to wait then, for the bus to come and pick us up, so Peter started some 'games' with the children that gathered around him, and then he pulled out his track (paper evangicube) and started sharing the gospel with them, with Vivine (another Rwandan student) translating, although some of the kids knew a fair bit of English. The two of them were able to lead 4 children to the Lord, and told them to attend the church we were at.
We got on the bus by 3:25 PM and were home (back at the base) by 5 PM.