Saturday, March 23, 2013

March Prayer Letter

Ashes To Worship Ministry in Rwanda

In John 15:16, Jesus said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you."

This verse has meant a lot to me for over a year now. God has so blessed us in Rwanda. We have been here for 9 months and we have seen Him work in the people. We are greatly encouraged to be doing the work of our Lord here in Africa.
In January, 73 preschoolers signed up for school aging 4 to 8 years. They are learning English, in fact all the lessons are in English. They attend school from 7 AM till noon. The church is being used for one of the classrooms and the other building just had a second classroom added to it. By May, the new classroom will be ready to have the third group of children attend. There will be a 'Baby class', a 'Middle class' and a 'Top class' all for ages 3 to 8 years. The sewing class made the uniforms for these 73 students, and in May will have more uniforms to make. One child needs $20 every month to attend school. Please "ask the Father" with us for this need to be filled.

The end of January we had the first 19 students graduate from the sewing school. One student got sick and was not able to finish the course. The graduation was attended by the local authorities and they encouraged us with their remarks. They were impressed with the skill the ladies have after only 6 months of schooling, compared with the sewing classes given in the bigger centers that charged more for taking a longer course. In February, all 19 students were hired to do the 73 uniforms for the preschool children. They were paid for each uniform they made.


February we registered 20 more new students for sewing. Ten come in the morning and 10 in the afternoon. Classes started on March 4 and the students will graduate on August 30. For the first half hour they are taught from the Bible and will be tested on it during the sewing term. Then they have about 3 hours for sewing - both teaching and practical. Our goal is not only to give them the skill of sewing, but also some teaching from the Bible. These ladies have been recommended by their pastors of neighboring churches. We want the Christians here, to be equipped to witness to their families and neighbors. The average age of the women is 28 years and education level is Grade 6. This is the target group we were hoping to work with in the sewing classes. It creates a teaching curve for us, but these are the women (and men if they would join) we are wanting to reach.

We had some wonderful people get together and send us patterns, zippers and other items for the sewing school. "Thank you very much for these items!" Some of these items were given away for free, some we are selling at a very low cost, like small zippers at $0.15, which is the same price they would pay here for a 'poorer quality' zipper. All of this money goes into the Ashes To Worship account to buy machines and pay for expenses. We are finding that if we have a supply of thread, zippers, needles, measuring tapes, scissors, and fabric - the ladies will buy it from us, as they don't seem to have time to go and get it from the market themselves. They are very busy with family life when they are not in school. We don't mind having the items here for them to sew with, and it makes it easier on them.

We have this month, purchased 2 more sewing machines ($97.00 each, not including transportation as we purchased them in Kigali) and hope to get more as the donations come in for a "production line". Please "ask the Father" with us, for donations to come in to buy more machines and for paying the tailor ($80.00 a month), the translator ($80.00 a month) and the rent for the building ($80.00 a month).

Every Wednesday, Peter goes to the church to teach discipleship classes to the adults. There is anywhere from 2 to 10 people that come. Some are older youth who haven't the funds to attend school. The adults are wanting to learn English also, but there has been no teacher. Please "ask the Father" with us to fill this need.

The children's ministry that was happening on Saturday, has been changed to Friday at about 11:30 AM, just before the children are sent home for the weekend. Alphonsine is the one teaching the Bible story each week and Peter goes to help out, Diane stays at the sewing school.

The foundation has been started for Franswa's house. Please "ask the Father" with us that more funds will come to finish her home.

We thank each one of you who are supporting us, through your prayers and finances each month. We have been blessed with the love that is shown by you in this way. Please feel free to come and visit, or even bring a group over to help. God has shown us so much about Himself since we have started ministry here. We would love to share this with you in a more personal way when you visit us.

God bless you,

Peter & Diane Salmond

Weekly Prayer Schedule
Sun. - Preaching God's Word
Mon. - Travel safety each day
Tue. - Sewing students & leaders
Wed. - Discipleship class
Thu. - Preschoolers & buildings
Fri. - Children's ministry & leaders
Sat. - Health & strength for each day

4 comments:

  1. Amazing where God has taken you and all that He has brought you to in such a short time. So precious to read this update.

    Love ya both!

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  2. Thank you so much for your most interesting and informative letter. It is truly exciting to see what God is doing. I pray for you that God will continue to bless you and use you. I pray you will have joy and peace as you serve Him.

    rg

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  3. Hey Peter and Diane!

    Man, your life sounds busy! But, it also sounds very rewarding. I think it is great that you are able to teach those women skills so that they can provide for themselves. It is good to empower rather than create reliance. I am learning all about this in Cambodia, as it is a very poor country.

    I pray that the Lord will use your ministries to make lasting impact on His Kingdom.

    Love,
    Jennilee

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  4. Great things are going so well for you , God is blessing your ministry. I love the picture of the ladies with their bags it makes me wish I was there learning to sew as well .
    Lorelee

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