Thursday, September 22, 2011

We are traveling now!

Today we will be traveling from Rwanda to Burundi. It will be about a 7 to 8 hour bus ride. We will appreciate your prayers as we cross the border. And we will need your prayers each day for the next 10 weeks, as we are on Outreach there in Burundi, until December 17th.
As I write this, we are packing up our belongings and cleaning our room, that we have lived in for the last 3 months. The last few days are very busy doing last minute things - as you all know when leaving on a trip!
We have had such a great time in the Lecture phase of DTS, that we leave with sadness, and yet are glad to be 'doing' what we have learned.
Hopefully we will be able to keep you updated regularly during the next 3 months!
Thank you for putting us on your daily prayer list!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Celebration Party

We had a party on Tuesday afternoon, to celebrate us all finishing the lecture phase of DTS.

An Adventure

There is too much to say about these pictures, but it will give you an idea of the fun we had while preparing the last few days for Outreach! Only 18 out of the 20 of us that are on the team were able to participate for this. Tuesday, Sept. 20th.

Someone checking to see that all 18 of us got on the 'taxi'!

Dancing area!

The "toilet" area!

The 'sleeping' area!

The 'preaching, drama, arts' area!

Another sleeping area!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Three Months Left in Outreach

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,

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

    As we write, we have finished all of the classes, for the lecture phase of our training. Our training here, has been very helpful and refreshing, giving us many new angles, and ways of presenting the gospel, concentrating on all areas and aspects of life in the people we will work with. We thought we were to old to go back to school, but God is so full of surprises. We are never to old to learn more of life, and of God's wonderful and Holy Word.

We need to once again, sort and pack our belongings, some to take with us and the others to store here at YWAM Rwanda base, until we return in December.  We and 15 other students and two staff, plus our DTS leader and his family, will be going to Burundi Africa, to do our outreach. The first 5 weeks will be in Gitega, Burundi.  We will be staying at a Youth For Christ base there. Then we will move the whole team to Bujumbura, Burundi for the last five weeks before returning to YWAM Base in Rwanda for debrief on the 13 - 14 of Dec. and then we have Graduation on the 16th.  After that we will stay at the YWAM Rwanda base, until the 24th of January, seeking what the Lord would have us do. Then we will return home to Canada. We look forward to seeing many of you while we are home.

    We hope to visit all our family while we are in Canada for about 2 or 3 months.  We also plan to visit our supporting Churches during that time. If you have a spot in February, March, or April, please let us know. We would love to come and share what the Lord has done and will be doing in our lives.

    We are so thankful to the Lord for each one of you, God has blessed us with amazing friends and family who have stood with us over the years and we want to say a big thank you to each one of you from the bottom of our hearts.

    We will have email contact once a week or so, we hope!

Prayer Requests for the 10 weeks in Burundi:
team unity,
save travel,
open hearts/doors for ministry work,
boldness to share God's love to the people we meet,
money for those that have not finished paying for the training,
for our families back in Canada and USA, as we may not have any contact other than emailing.

Peter and Diane Salmond

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meet Jaggen and Ruth and Family

The following is a letter from Jaggen - our DTS Leader and his wife Ruth. They are wonderful people who are dedicated to God and are being led by Him to serve in Burundi Africa.

Dear Friends,                    September 18, 2011

Hello, my name is Jaggen Nzunguri. I am married to my wonderful wife Ruth of 4 years, and we have 2 children, Praise and Favor. We have been with YWAM Rwanda for six years.  I have been working in Discipleship Training School (DTS), and with a mercy ministry that works with people who have HIV and AIDS, and with street kids. I also work with other YWAM bases in East Africa.

Right now I am the leader of the DTS June school. We will be going to Burundi on the 22 of September, 2011 for 3 months of outreach ministry. There are 17 DTS students who have been under my leadership. Also coming with me are 2 other DTS staff, who will help me. We will be working in 2 different places, of 5 weeks each, in Burundi. The ministry work we will do as a DTS team is evangelism, mercy ministry, teaching, discipling, and also reconciliation.   

I am telling you all of this because YWAM is a faith support mission, meaning my support comes through the people God has spoken to. Our goal as a family, is to pioneer a YWAM base in Burundi, which is my home country. My family and I will be staying in Burundi after the DTS students are finished their outreach. As we are moving to Burundi we will need financial support from those who are called by God to support us.

Our needs are the following:
Rent –                                 300,000 Frb (Burundi Franc)    ($250.00 USD)
Power –                              60,000                                        ($50.00)
Water –                               60,000                                        ($50.00)
Food –                                500,000                                      ($400.00)
Phone & Internet –             50,000                                        ($40.00)
Praise’s School Fees –        66,000                                        ($55.00)
School Transportation –     120,000                                      ($100.00)
Total:                                  1,156,000 Frb                             ($945.00 USD)

The support we have already coming in totals 125,000 Frb ($100.00 USD) we praise God for this.

Prayer Requests:
- Through friends that God will meet our financial needs.
- God's protection on our family in Burundi
- Health for us.
- Opportunities or open doors for ministry.
- More staff to join us in Burundi.

You are welcome to contact us for more information at:
Tel: (+25779936393)
We are also on Facebook – Jaggen  Nzunguri , Ruth Ndoricimpa
I also have a blog – Vision for YWAM Burundi -

God bless,
Jaggen & Ruth

You can also support them through YWAM Vancouver Canada the same as you would for us, except that you would put Jaggen Nzunguri's name instead of ours. Please pray for them and give as the Lord God leads you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Small Group Hamburger

We all had a craving for a hamburger, 
so our small group (English speaking) 
went for a hamburger today for lunch!
Great time by all!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Outreach Sunday

Church we went to in Masaka part of Kigali.
We were all introduced.
Dance by some.
Floris gave his testimony.
Jaggen preached.
Masaka Genocide Memorial site.
Masaka Genocide Memorial site.
They fed us very well.
Get ready to go back to the base.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Visit!

Last week we went to visit Noah who did some interpreting for one of our teachers. Found out that he had a very nice house. And he invited us to visit, and we did! He is a wonderful host. You will find some pictures HERE of our time going there and while we were there.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Just Sitting Here and Rambling

And listening to some old hymns. I'm sure glad that I put some music on my computer before leaving Canada. Last Mountain Boys, and Randy Travis are two of the ones I'm listening to as I type. It's nice to have a little bit of home music. (Seem to be needing it today!)
I handed in my last report for DTS today. One more week of classes left and then one week of preparation before we leave on Outreach. Wow, it's going to be over before we know it. We have been busy with getting ready that the time seems to have flown.
Read on Facebook of autumn happening in Canada. Chokecherry syrup, vegetable gardens being harvested, the weather cooling! Seems like it is early! Here the rains have just started, it has become cooler, and it's not sunny every day either.
I have had to alter some of my clothes, by hand. I took in two pairs of pants and a top, and remodeled two skirts. It's almost like getting a new wardrobe, almost, I said. It is nice to have the small change when you've been wearing the same thing week after week. Peter's work pants need mending, but I never brought any patching material with me. Don't know what I'll do about that! It'll come to me though.
Lots to do tomorrow - practice for outreach, attend Ladies Breakfast, wash clothes, do my journal book, fill out staff evaluation forms, and visa forms for our trip to Burundi, and try to fit in some time to relax as we have Outreach on Sunday. (that might be why I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.)
Need to go hit the hay. Sure thankful for a roof over my head and a nice bed to sleep in, 3 meals a day and all the pure water I want to drink! Not everyone has that!

God is good!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sorry, So Sorry!

I was looking up something on the internet and came across this blog -
So I started reading Elaine Lowe's experiences in Rwanda.
The blog post entitled - SORRY 
was one I had a chuckle about. 
It is so very well written and I'm sure that my fellow Canadians will enjoy it too. 
I don't know Elaine at all, but Thanks Elaine for your post. It is so true!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another Chance to Minister

We went to John Sunday's church today as a team to minister to them.
It was a great day and we all were glad of an opportunity to share.
Skit - picture is of Eve being tempted by satan.

Peter shared his testimony, a lady from the church translated.

Interpretive dance, 10 students were involved.

Rebecca also shared her testimony.

Vivine shared a message.