Friday, May 24, 2013

They Are Here!

They got here about 8 PM Thursday! So excited to see them, and now they are at the wildlife park  - Akagera Park, then they will do the evangelism ministry. Then we will pick them up on June 1st and bring them to our house!
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 We didn't have good internet at Kigali so I had to wait until we got home to post this. It's so good to have them here. Hope they have a wonderfully blessed time here in Rwanda!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Handsome Prince!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Meeting and Cucumbers

Today was a "Cooperative" meeting, voting and giving the cooperative a name.
It was a long meeting but the ladies are very excited about getting it going. The meeting took all morning, and I got a few pictures of the committee and those that were there.
Our committee members.
The members.
In the afternoon, we had 5 students come and 6 ladies come for the production line! A very busy afternoon. There are now 7 bags sewn up ready for sale, with another 11 being worked on, and more that are cut out and waiting to be sewn.

We came home and were looking at our cucumber plant - WOW! We had been having a few each day but this was quite the picking. We plan on taking them to the school tomorrow and giving all the students a cucumber! Praise the Lord for the extra blessing so that we can bless others!

One more day at the school for Peter and I, then on Thursday we are going to Kigali to meet my sister and her husband, Leona & Fraser, at the airport. They are doing a week of evangelism with  "E3 Partners" then spend just about 6 days with us. It will be a great time for them and for us.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What A Week!

It started with Mother's day on Sunday, May 12th. Peter & I were asked to Skype with the First Baptist Church in Prince Albert, SK. We had attended there since 1997 when we moved to Prince Albert until 2010, when we sold our house. It was 7 PM our time and 11 AM in Saskatchewan. We had a wonderful short visit with the congregation that blessed us more than words can say! Thanks so much "First" for that opportunity!!!

During that visit I remember saying that the 'production line' was going to start soon! Little did I know that it would be this week. 

Monday, I went to the sewing school thanked them all for praying for Peter & I. (I hadn't been to the school at all the previous week, as we were in Kigali Monday and Tuesday for Dr.'s appointment, and Peter had been sick all day Tues. and took a day for rest and recoup on Wed. I felt that I needed to stay home on Thurs. as I heard that my sister wasn't well.  She went to be with her Lord and Savior that day and I stayed home Fri. too. It seemed like a long week last week.) So Monday was also the day of the funeral for my sister in Canada, and we left the school early. I just need to be at home during the time I knew the funeral was taking place.

Tuesday we had a meeting with the graduates and the present students. I announced that we would start sewing items for sale that day. We have 4 sewing machines that were not being used (we have 11 in the regular class - 10 for the 10 students and one for the teacher and myself for our use) and so that afternoon 3 graduates came to sew!

Wednesday, brought in 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.

Thursday there were 5 that came. I had the one machine extra machine in the classroom, so we were okay!!! Two came in the afternoon, that was great, as checking everyone's work in the morning was nonstop, and it was a chance to give Eppy (my translator) and I a bit of a break!

Friday, 7 showed up in the morning!!!! Okay now what...... think hard! Okay, I don't even have enough bags cut out......... so I'll get one of the girls to cut, and there is one regular student missing - 6 machines for 6 seamstresses! By the end of the morning, one gal said she would come in the afternoons starting Monday.  Two showed up in the afternoon - that gave Eppy & I another break! By the end of Friday I had three bags completed and by the end of Monday I'm thinking that there will be another 6 or 7 bags completed!!!!

I am so excited!!!! Fri. afternoon, when there was 'breathing time', I cut out some more bags for this coming week. I even brought some of the material home so that I could cut more out. Got a few pics!
The two students on Wed. afternoon.
The five students on Thurs. morning.
A full classroom on Fri morning, 9 learners and 7 grads, Theo (teacher), Eppy (translator), Peter teaching the Bible lesson.
Now we really have our hands full. I love it though. But we are going to have to find a place bigger than what we have if we get more machines and grads that want to sew! We have had to move the two big cutting tables up against the wall, you can see them in the middle picture above.

This is exciting - to see the vision come to reality - what God wanted us to do here in Rwanda, teaching sewing and teaching about Him! 

I'm really going to miss my sister Betty, but I bet God has been telling her about the work here in Rwanda. And better yet, she's worshiping Him like never before.

GOD IS SO GOOD! BECAUSE next week, May 23, my sister Leona and her husband Fraser are going to be here in Rwanda, with a lot of other people we know!!! (Jeremy, Mike, Mary, Pam, and Sharon). But I'll will share more about that later!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Excitement For the Day

A lot happened today!
For starters one of our moto drivers didn't show so we had to wait for another fellow to show. While that was happening there were workers across the road from our house starting work at 'renewing' the grass. We were out there at 7 AM, by 5 PM they had it finished, and cleaned up!
These ladies were shown what portion of grass they were to hoe.
Even the grass in the middle of the road was worked up.
Still a before picture.
After pic, it's hard to see but the grass from the road to the fence was all hoed up.
another one of the finished work.

 During the day today, we started a 'production line'! Three (one missing in this pic) ladies from the graduated classes, started working making bags for sale!

They loved getting back into it and did a great job!

Near the date of our anniversary (about 3 weeks ago), Peter and I went to a restaurant (never again - it wasn't a great place) and outside was this building. I always think of our son John when I see these kind of buildings with their scaffolding!!!!
Well, today it looked like this!!!
Big crowd of people were around. We didn't hear exactly what happened but it sounded like there were workers in it when it collapsed. It probably happened about 3 PM and we got there about 5 PM.
I don't usually go with Peter up to get the mail (we were told yesterday that there was a parcel for us) but the postman was not there at the Post Office - he was probably in this crowd, and so we went from the post office toward town center and found this! 

 Quite an eventful day! Praying for the families that are affected by this tragedy.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It Finally Came

Package sent August 7, 2012!!!! Nine Months later.........
Package received today May 7, 2013!!!!

It felt really funny but once opened it looked like it survived the nine months okay!

These gel tablets of omega 3 oil are a bit stuck together but I think that they will be okay!
Another whole meaning to "giving birth"!!!! - (nine months!) Praising God that He answers Prayer!
Now I wonder what happened to the other two packages that were sent in June and July of 2012!
Praying that God will answer prayer for them too!
Thanks Leona for sending the packages!