Sunday, January 22, 2012

I believe God is leading

Well, we have this friend, Alex, here in Rwanda. He was Peter's translator, in May 2010 when we were here then. He has wanted us to visit his village, since we landed in Rwanda in June 2011. It didn't work out for us to go during our lecture phase of DTS (Discipleship Training School), nor did it work for us to go during our outreach phase, as we were in Burundi! So when we got back, we decided that Dec. 29 to Jan. 1st weekend, would work for all of us. We traveled with Alex to Nyagatare, Rwanda. It was about a 2 hour drive by bus, out to the northeast area of Rwanda. As we rode, we noticed the land changing, it wasn't like around Kigali. In fact, it was looking a lot like the area of Saskatchewan in which I grew up. The trees weren't much different, the cattle weren't very different, and the people are not that different either! And the weather was like a warm summer day in Saskatchewan! We had a wonderful time ministering there for the weekend. Thursday was witnessing, and teaching, and Friday was the same. Saturday, we were witness to 20 believers being baptized! Sunday, was a time for a service, and goodbyes! We were truly loved by the congregation and we were blessed to be there. The hunger they showed to hear the Word of God, was dear to us, and it was a blessing to be an encouragement to them.
 You can see pictures of all this on the Happy New Years! post.
Ryabega is the village, where Alex is pastor of the church, and has a burden to help the people there.


We were wanting to see the places that YWAM Rwanda have here in Rwanda, there are 3. So we traveled to one of the places last week. As we were traveling there in the taxi car, along with Method (he & his wife are directors here at the YWAM base) and Remco (another fellow from Holland), we were noticing that it was looking very familiar! Yep, we were going to the same place. We were exactly in the same area as Alex's village. In fact we could even see the village we were at the last weekend in Dec. across the valley on the next hill.
Ryabega across on the next hill.
We really were excited to see the water tanks on the YWAM land, the well in the valley that supplies water to the tanks on the hill, and to hear about the plans for the land. It seemed like it was the same as the vision Alex has for the village - education for all ages.
The water tanks that supply water to those living close.
The well pump/generator situated in the valley.

Being that we were in that specific area, by two different men, and not even knowing that the two pieces of land were that close, we really feel that God is telling us something! We are looking into seeing what God wants us to do when we come back after our trip to Canada, and it is really looking like we will be working in the Mutare area of Rwanda.  (click here and it should open a Google map showing you how to get from Kigali to Nyagatare passing through Ryabega!)

Pray with us as we listen to what God is wanting us to do in this area, as we believe He is calling us to work there. The need is great! We pray that we will fit in, and be a help, and show God's love to the people we will work with.

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