Ashes To Worship Ministry in Rwanda with Peter & Diane Salmond
June 2013 Prayer Letter
“For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; ... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. ... a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ... A time to rip, and a time to sew; a time to keep silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What benefit can a worker gain from his toil? I have observed the burden that God has given to people to keep them occupied. God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time,” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a
A lot has happened since our last letter in March. We will only mention a few things. Check “Grandma Johnny is in Rwanda” blog for more updates. We have been here now for over a year. May 31, 2012 was when we landed in Rwanda, and have had our feet on the ground since then. In April, we experienced being in a country that is remembering, not to forget, the 1994 Genocide. There is a lot of changes from the daily routine during the week that they set aside for it. We had only morning classes during the week from April 7th to the 14th. One of the sewing students had her dad's remains found, identified and then reburied (not sure where). This gal wasn't very old in 1994, 19 years ago.
On May 9, we received news that Diane's oldest sister, Betty passed away. The Lord God gives strength when we need it. She had scleroderma and lived longer than doctors expected. It was a comfort to know that she knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior. It was also a comfort to know that another one of Diane's sisters would be coming in a couple of weeks to Rwanda. God is good in His timing of all things and gives strength when needed!
Around the middle of May, we started having some of the graduates come to sew, on 5 machines, we had put into our little class room. We started by making small, medium and large bags. The money from the sales is divided in 3rds, one third to the ministry for bills, replacement parts or new machines, one third to buying more material to make more items, and one third to the sewer.
On May 23rd, Leona & Fraser Kent (Diane's sister) came over with an evangelism ministry team called e3 Partners, and then stayed a few extra days with us! They had a great time here and experienced God working in Rwanda. Fraser was able to get 'dirty', and helped out building more on the Preschool building. They were putting up the walls for the 3rd classroom. Peter took Fraser with him to one of the discipleship classes. He had an opportunity to share and encourage them in their walk with God and doing discipleship in their church.
They also shared at the sewing school. Leona taught the students how to make a small quilted pad which they were able to take home. They were only here for two days at the sewing school, and Diane helped the students finish the item the following week. The students enjoyed meeting them and received the gifts she brought for them with great joy! Who doesn't like receiving presents! They also brought with them more zippers, thread, pins, and other items donated by a number of great people. Thanks to all of you who were contributors!
Jeremy Doorten, the Canadian Director of “e3 Partners”, (also a former Youth Pastor of a church we attended while in Canada) was here on the same ministry trip with Leona & Fraser. He was also able to come and visit us for a short time after the week of ministry. After he returned to Canada, he contacted us and let us know that there were funds coming for the ministry to be able to buy 6 more sewing machines!!! Wow, are we excited!!!
Our Lord God only knows, that our little class room is WAY TO SMALL for 6 more machines, but that we need them in order to fulfil what we believe He has called us here to do! Praise the Lord that He knows all things is preparing a place! We are praying that we will be getting a place that has three rooms, one for the new students, one for the production team and one for an office and storage. Please pray with us that God will reveal His plan for all this, and that we will be listening closely to His voice when He speaks!
Peter and Alphonsine are still carrying on with the ministry with the children on Fridays. The children love to have Alphonsine come and teach them stories from the Bible. They run to greet her when she comes! Peter gets to have fun with them too, as they are learning English in school.
Alphonsine has also being taking good care of us. She planted beans and maize (corn) for us in our yard and has now harvested the beans, and the corn will be soon. She is a hard worker and we praise the Lord for giving her to us. We would not be able to do what we do if we didn't have her to do the cleaning, cooking, shopping and laundry, & planting and harvesting. God has blessed us!
July 2nd our Rwandan Visa runs out. We have started the process of renewing them. Please pray with us at this time. We have applied for another 2 years, which gives us multiple 'exits' and 'enters' into the country.
We have been very Thankful to God for the way He has provided for the ministry within this year. We know that this ministry would not be, if we did not have the prayers of all of you. Praise God with us, as He is at work in the lives here. We have numerous one time donations come in for the ministry and for our personal support, and we also have those of you who have donated faithfully every month. Praise the Lord! This is a great encouragement to us, and we know that you are behind us in this ministry. God has been very good to us. We pray that He will provide what is needed for His ministry to continue as He leads.
May God richly bless you,
Peter & Diane Salmond