Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rwanda

We are back! We had a safe, long, 'two' days of flying to get here. We are excited to be here! And it was very exciting to see who else was excited to have us back!
We knew that Method was going to be there to pick us and all our luggage up, but didn't know who else might show!
Peter, Diane, Epi, Jeannine Method, Moises, Vivine, Olivier, and Sylvie. Evelyne took the picture. (the ones I took did not turn out)

Meal set waiting for us to eat. Very delicious cabbage, and rice! Also a bowl of bananas, gum, crackers, and papaya!

Bed made ready with mosquito net! It's been a while.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

With Love

The last few days have been very harried!

(harried adj : troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances) 
(Peter says that's me!)

And with all that is going on, I'm trying my hardest to finish a book so that I don't have to take it to Africa. (Those of you who are still reading the book you may not want to continue reading this till you are finished it!)


Page 221, when I started reading the hymn they had at her Memorial Service - ...

All the Way My Saviour Leads Me,
cheers each winding path I tread,
gives me grace for every trial,
feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
and my soul athirst may be,
gushing from the rock before me, 
to a spring of joy I see!
(Frances Jane Crosby van Alstyne 1823-1915, The Hymnary, 1971)

... made me cry, and pray that I would always remember to be led by My Saviour,
and, then continued reading - the Prayer of St. Francis: (recited by the congregation)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console:
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen

Reading her story has been good for me as we are preparing to go. Her determination, her love of God, her love for helping others, has been an inspiration for me. I've always loved missionary stories. This one of course, has been even more inspiring, as she is related to me.

To go back to the beginning of this post - having been 'harried', I haven't always displayed christian virtues in these last few days! So reading the book has been a good reminder! And being that I'm not taking the book with me, I wanted to remember some of it here.

Patricia Wotton did excellent work putting the book together. It is a great book of Canadian History, and a great book showing the love Lydia had for ministry and people.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May Prayer Letter

Dear Friends and Family,                    May 2012

We have been in Canada now close to four months. So far it has been a busy time. Busy because we wanted to visit many of our friends and family, and share with them the great things that God has been doing in our lives since we left Canada in June of 2011, where we spent six months taking DTS at YWAM Base in Rwanda, and one month of seeking God for His direction in the future.

In the 4 months (Feb. to May) we visited in Canada/USA. We started with visiting Diane's parents on our way to the USA. In Alabama, we visited our son Kirk & Candace, Keelyn, Kiersten, and Conner. Candace is due very soon with their 4th child, Katie. Then we travelled to Ontario to visit with Jason & Becky, Nolan, Makenna and Daeton. We were in Rwanda when Daeton was born last year in July, so it was the first time we got to hold him. We carried on to Saskatchewan and stayed with Diane's sister during the week, while we travelled to churches on the weekends. The end of April we headed to Alberta and celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. We visited with our son John, and his girl friend Jazmine in Edmonton. Then travelled to Mayerthorpe to visit with our daughter LaDonna & Jason, Kristyn, Cora-Jean, Marrissa, Wyatt, Rayna, and Matthias. LaDonna is due to deliver another little one in July. That will make the total of 14 grandchildren for us. We were able to see many of our siblings during this time and will treasure the memories in the months to come.

While in USA, we had the privilege of sharing in a Church about our time in Rwanda. Back in Canada we had opportunity to share another 21 times with family, friends and supporters! Every time we shared we felt more and more that God will use us in Rwanda. We were very privileged to share in some churches for the first time. And we had a great time meeting fellow believers too, for the first time! A BIG Thank You to those who opened their doors for us to share.

On the 30th of May, we will be flying out of Saskatoon, SK heading for Africa and arrive sometime late on the 31st of May. We are eager to get back to Africa and start in ministry work. We will be working with YWAM and with Alex, pastor of a church in a village in the north east corner of Rwanda, called Ryabega. In this village there are families, widows and orphans. Alex and YWAM will help us get settled and start into the work. We have an idea of what might happen, but nothing is scheduled as of yet. We hope to help in a practical way to those that live in the area.

The ministry we have started is called “Ashes To Worship (Rwanda)”. This ministry includes helping families be self-sustaining with goats, chickens, rabbits, or cows, and they in turn will supply animals to help another needy family. Some children are not given the opportunity to attend school; with donations this could be possible. We know that there is a need of a school for children and vocational school for adults. Another part of this ministry will be to teach them to make local crafts for sale at the markets. Diane hopes to start classes on sewing, after machines and supplies are bought. Peter is looking forward to teaching biblical truths, there is a great hunger for that. All of this will be done through translators. Find attached more information about how you can help with this ministry.

Please pray for us during this time. For travel back to Ryabega, Rwanda, and the beginning stages of our ministry. Pray for those who will work with us and those we will be ministering to. Pray also for us as we find a secure place to live and set up our home.

Thank you for your many prayers and financial support.

God bless,
Love in Christ,

Peter and Diane Salmond

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Some Personal Thoughts

I am anxious!

I don't like doing all the nit-picky things that need to be done right now.
Things like, deciding what we want to take, and what we should take,
what's important to take and what needs to be taken.
Add an extra bag to the four we are already allowed to take?
Which bags to take?
Getting things that are hard to get or expensive to purchase over there!

And, to top it all off -
- with the tickets already bought -
- will Air Canada strike or not,
the day we leave?!

Okay, so I need to leave it all in God's hands!

I know!!!

Some days are easier than others though!

There are some things I need to do,
 and then there are just times,
where I need to let the Lord take control!

Romans 8:27-29

New King James Version (NKJV)
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

I love You God,
You've called me,
and I trust in You that 'all things' will 'work together for good'.

And another verse that was special to me last year.

John 15

New King James Version (NKJV)
 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
You chose me,
You appointed me,
that I should go and bear fruit,
that fruit should remain,
You may give me whatever I ask the Father in Jesus' name.
 
Wow, that's powerful!
I have to keep focused,
some days it's hard,
but God is there,
I need to take time to acknowledge that!
 
Thank You God for being there all the time!
Thank You God that You will work all things together for good!
Thank You God for choosing me!
Thank You God that You give us what we need!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Our Trip Back To SK

Thanks for a great visit Brenda!
We traveled back from AB today. We stopped to see a few friends and family! Sorry to all whom we never stopped to see, we needed to get home to SK to tie up loose ends before we fly on Wed. May 30th!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Last Scheduled Time of Sharing

Tia did a wonderful job of the display at the front of the church! Thanks Tia!
Display at entrance!
My sister, Esther, introduced us, Thanks Esther!
After church chatting.
I never got a picture, but my cousin Lorilee came from Airdrie for the service.
So good to see you again Lorilee!!!
Vanessa, Dave and Jaxson
Tia, Karl, Am and Katie
I never got a picture of Preston and Jem, but they came for the weekend too! 
It was good to see them all.
The lunar eclipse wasn't seen because of clouds, so we had a campfire anyway!
Okay, so it was a little cold, right Am!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

And More Visiting

On Thursday we went to Blackfald's to visit with Amanda and Mike. They were in Rwanda and are thinking of going back this year!
Then we went over to Clive and had a visit with some "Bible School Days" friends - Gord and Val Rowland. (Sorry no pictures on those visits!)
Today we went to visit with Peter's sister Marlene here in Lacombe! We had a wonderful visit there too!

 Shared some BLUE suckers with the kids!
Shared some pictures with them of our trip to Rwanda!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday Evening in Red Deer

We went early in the day to visit Ron & Sheila Frank! A couple we have known from many years, going back to our years in Watson Lake, YK.  We had a wonderful time with them. We were pleased they had opened their home for us to share about our time in Rwanda.  The interest shown from those that came was an encouragement to us! We can hardly wait to fly back and get started!

I think it would have been a "Ladies Meet" if Ron & Peter hadn't been there!!!
Sheila shared a prayer at the end. Thanks so much for opening your home Ron & Sheila!




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Weekend

My sister Kathleen and her husband Ron, lent us the use of their camper and a site at the park.

Miquelon Lake  Provincial Park

A scene from our walk!
You can see the trails are great and that the leaves are just coming out! The smell of spring was in the air!
After we left the park on Monday, we made a stop to see our grandson's grave.
We had a relaxing two days. Missed 'Mother's Day' greetings from family on Sunday though!

Happy Mother's Day Mom,
to my daughter, and daughter-in-love's!!!








Saturday, May 12, 2012

Last Full Day With the Harris Family

We did some last minute fun! Grandpa, Kristyn and Cora-Jean went and picked up a bed and dresser for Cora-Jean. On the way there and back, they got to pick bottles in the ditch. That would have been because the girls are really interested in supporting a child in Africa. Kristyn already had me print a picture and she put it in a photo frame. It is of 'Blessing', a little girl from a single parent family, who will be needing school fees soon enough! It is very encouraging to see the desire they have to help someone that is less fortunate!!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Day of Accomplishment

This morning I woke feeling worse than I have all week! So we went to emergency at the Mayerthorpe hospital. It came out that I've pretty sick! After buy antibiotics and Reactine for both Peter and I and nasal spray for me, we will likely be getting better soon. We need to be better before we fly out!  I went back and lay down for a sleep and Peter went over to help get the rooms fixed up downstairs at LaDonna and Jason's.
Marrissa's new room.
Cora-Jean's new room.
Just outside their two rooms.
After we had a delicious soup that Jason made!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sharing, Party, Sleepover

Today isn't over, but lots has happened!
We were at the Mayerthorpe Baptist Church, potluck lunch, afternoon nap, birthday party, and a sleepover. (I didn't get pictures of when Kristyn and Cora-Jean had their sleepover, but they had one already!)
Peter and I and 5 of the kids in our 'African outfits'! (Matty is too but not in the picture!)
Pastor Ian Smith was on staff under Peter at Pineridge Bible Camp in 2002 (and other years too)! Pastor Ian had found this picture and had it up on the overhead!
Prayer for us after Peter shared
The party!
 And the sleepover!
It's fun to have a sleepover with Grandpa and Grandma!