Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Closet and Bean Bags

Closet material on front step

Getting the beans into the bags

Ready to sew closed.
Finished. (other pics are true color) Ready for the staff training tomorrow for Kid's club.

Doors on the closet

Thursday, July 19, 2012

More Homesteading!

If I can take the liberty to call it 'homesteading'!
Now that we have a bit of internet access - don't know how long this will last - I put some more pictures of the days we have been here.

Cooking outdoors!

Yummy beans!!!

First planted avocado

Digging the hole for the second avocado tree.

The seed with compost-able material.
Thanks to Jason & LaDonna for the Garlic peeler! Great to have here as the garlic are small and very readily used!!!!
Alphonsine - teaching her to make a crocheted hat after a hard morning of yard work and shopping!

Today two men came to move the red dirt in our vegetable garden spot - the one with his back to us is Daniel our guard.

This is a 'seed'. You can get 'slips' of plants from neighbors to start in your own garden. I'm liking this vine!
The men above rode bikes to our house to work - Peter had to show them the 'old white man' could ride.

Me! I was told I was lying when I said I could ride too! Had to prove otherwise!!!! Got some laughs and made their day!
That's the excitement so far!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Garden and Yard Work

Two man wheel barrow

Cleaning the front yard, burning grass.

Starting on the landscaping - cozy corner!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Curtains Done

Just finished making curtains today for the bedrooms and our bathroom! I had been using other material I had. Peter had bought material last week for me to make curtains. Glad that's done – did it all by hand as I don't have a machine yet! Still have to buy some material for the living and dining rooms. Hoping to get some sheer material for them, “transparent” as Daniel calls it.
Daniel has been a great help to Peter and I. He 'came' with the house!!! Yes he did! He will stay with us until he is done his schooling and then the Government will find him a job somewhere in Rwanda as a veterinarian. Daniel knows quite a lot of English so we can understand each other well, along with the Kenyarwandan/English Dictionary! I think he enjoys getting 3 meals a day and a place to stay!
Yesterday we had a gal, Alphonsine, come in to help with laundry and cleaning. She was here at about 7:30 am, ate some breakfast and worked until about 5 pm, ate some dinner and then left before it got dark. Daylight is around 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. She worked really hard, did all the laundry, and washed all the floors and then swept the ground out back!!! (She wouldn't stop working!) She doesn't know very much English, so it was good that Daniel was around. She wants to be able to go back to school and learn English – also hopes to learn a lot while she works for us. Her schooling stopped when she was about 11 years old. Plans are that she will take over when Daniel leaves. She's a sweetie, calls me 'Mommy'! She is 28, a year older than Daniel. They both love to do things for us! She will come a couple days a week and help with the cleaning.
This week we are still getting stuff done around the house. We are the first to live here. (Daniel was here as a guard, getting paid to stay with food to eat!) There were taps that needed replacing, curtains to make, a closet to be build and installed – that is suppose to happen tomorrow. We are still needing furniture, but that will come when the banks finally finish transferring our money! We have a mattress and mosquito net – the essentials. Oh, and a clothes line was put up outside a day or two before it was needed! Peter and Daniel are pretty handy to have around!!!
We have been doing some yard work too. There is a lot of garbage laying around from construction and who knows what! We have planted some seeds, avocado, beans, and garlic – items we have been eating. (If you are reading this and happen to want to send a note our way – tape some seeds in it! Sunflower, flowers, carrots, or anything else! Address is in the “Contact Me” section above!)
Well tomorrow will be busy with the closet being install – finally will be able to unpack our suitcases and hang our clothes!!!!
I'm excited!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Most of our stuff - what we could fit in the truck!

Placed in the room of the house.

Master bedroom

MB and bathroom

MB bath

Other bathroom


Attached 'outdoor' cooking part of kitchen

Front of house

East side of house

Back of house

Back  of house - taken from other side

West side

Taken from corner -southeast


Daniel took this one from the brick wall fence!

Daniel on the fence

Our first breakfast

Our first breakfast

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Moving Day

We have arrived in Nyagatare. We are going to be trying to settle into our home this week or the rest of it. We were not able to bring all of our stuff this first trip. We are planning on buying more furniture and other things to do with the ministry end of life here,so the house is a bit bare. I'll try loading pictures but right now I wanted to let you all know we have come this far. God has been good to us and so many have helped us get here and we are very grateful to God and all others. Praise the Lord with us and we are so eager to see how God will work in the ministry here.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Last Two Days

Children work in Kabuga, with Sunday John.
"Pyramid" with Shama.
A story by Shama.
Pineapple for a snack.
Sunday we left early - 6 AM to catch a taxi van to the Taxi park to meet up with Alex and catch a bus to Ryabega.
Sunday morning service in Ryabega.
Caught a moto to go to the church and then one to go back to the taxi place in Ryabega.
 Then we caught a van to Nyagatare to check the rental house. Met with the landlord and made an agreement, (on paper - for those that need that detail!) Looks like we may be moving in on Tuesday! There is lots to do in the next few days in order for that to happen.
3 bedroom - room for guests!
 And then caught a bus back to Kigali. Taxi vans have not being running this week to the YWAM base so we had to catch another moto from there! I've had my share of moto rides these last few days, but it beats walking the distance!!!! Starting to be more comfortable riding them. (Even in a skirt).

We really enjoyed being greeted warmly at the church in Ryabega! We were truly blessed! We were so glad to be back and they were really glad to have us. We were introduced as Rukundo and Bwiza! We both had a chance to share and when we were finished two people came to know the Lord as their Savior. The one fellow was father of 8 children, who have been praying for him to become a Christian. Today their prayers were answered! Now we will pray for their mother to accept Jesus! God is so good! The other person was a lady with a young baby.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


On Wednesday we went to see a couple of houses. Much more extravagant than we were thinking about getting. Alex did some searching for us and there isn't too much of a selection of houses in Nyagatare that have a brick wall on all four sides of the yard. The price is higher than we wanted. Now the negotiations! There were a few things that needed doing on the one house that we liked.

So Thursday, we met with Alex and the owner and talked! We will go and see the house again on July 8th, see what he has done on the place, will possible sign an agreement, and pay for 3 months rent, then start to move in.

I'm so ready to have our own place. Alex has a housekeeper in mind. She doesn't know to much English, but is trust worthy and eager to learn English and will work hard! I am looking forward to working with her and learning some Kinyarwanda. We've bought a Kinyarwanda - English dictionary and hope that will be a help for both of us. We are thinking about having a guard/gardener too.

Friday, I was ready for a day off, not going anywhere or doing too much. We had been doing a lot of walking around in the last week, and my body was almost screaming for a break. In the evening we borrowed a movie "Courageous". I was thinking after the party we went to after dinner for a couple of hours, I'd fall right asleep. But not with this movie, it started with a bang and was very entertaining to the end! A great movie to watch if you haven't. One I'll likely watch again.

Saturday, I ironed the clothes our laundry lady washed on Friday. Yes, I have a laundry lady, saves having raw fingers healing for a week only to have the cycle start again next laundry day! And Yes I have an iron and ironing board! Wishing for a sewing machine! (Yes Dad wishing now that I'd taken you up on the offer of you buying one and us bringing it with us!) Oh well, there are many here, just need a Rwandan to negotiate for me, without me in sight!!!! It's amazing how the price goes up when there is a "muzungu" standing close by!

In the afternoon, well we left before lunch (1pm), with another couple that is here on the base to take them to the ABC (African Bagel Company) (below are some pictures). They had not been there and didn't know where it was. We happened to arrive too early. The last Saturday of each month is "Community Day" and everyone is to go work in the community - only in the morning! Peter went with some of the ones that went from the base - did some bush whacking! So the ABC wasn't opening until 3pm and then served Pizza and Ice cream. Well they let us in and we sat at an outdoor table and talked. At 3 pm we ordered our pizza and ice cream! That was the best pizza I've ever had! (Either that or we were just hungry!!! LOL!!) It was really good! Sorry no pictures, it was all gone by the time we thought about taking pictures! When we were done there it was 4:30 pm and we took our time getting back home, and took a moto the last leg of the 'journey'. We've been taking a moto more often lately. I'm getting used to riding on them and even with a skirt - which you see here a lot.

Life is good, but I'm sure anxious to move into our own place and get started with ministry work in Ryabega.  We been meeting with Alex too, about the materials we need to set up the sewing school - machines and tables and chairs.

Peter and Tony had a great week in Kabuga and are planning more meetings with churches in Burundi where we were in outreach last year. Pastors there want Peter and Tony to come back and teach!