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

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