Friday, March 28, 2014

Cassava Memories Popcorn

 We, Peter and I, really don't like cassava very much. I told Alphonsine to buy some at the market the other day so that we could have it for dinner. Well she couldn't get it that day, but could get some the next day. So while at the school I get 'flashed' (someone calls you but only lets it ring once and then you call them back) from Alphonsine, so I call her back and she informs me that cassava will be 700 RWF. I said okay buy it. That evening at dinner we had cassava. It was very good, she cooked it like you would potatoes, and you have to have beans with it too. So Peter and I started eating it and here she is just eating cassava, dry, and drinking tea. I think she's been missing it, although I don't know what she eats on the weekends when she goes home.

 Today was the last day of school. Two students will hand in their last items on Wednesday, after our trip Kigali. So I showed them most of the pictures I'd taken during their 6 month course. There was a lot of memories and laughter.
 Tonight we had popcorn and a movie, Shirley Temple's 'The Little Princess'.
 It is starting to hit Alphonsine that we don't have very much time left before we fly.
I'm sure she is going to find it very hard the day we say goodbye.

Thank you Lord for your protection you have given us,
for your guidance in decisions we had to make,
for the overall good health,
for provisions we needed,
for support from family and friends,
and for being with us every day!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Few Other Things

I went on a trip to Gisenyi to visit an orphanage where the older gals sew bags. They sell the bags as fundraisers to support feeding 600 to 1000 children one hot meal a day for a year! It was a great experience, I went with Fiona Merrild a new muzungu in Nyagatare. She is married and has 3 children and very interested in what we are doing, and others are doing, along this line.

Below is a skirt that Peter started sewing for me!!!!, while I was gone for the two days to Gisenyi, and then finished after I got back. Not to bad for leftover scraps and it is really comfortable. Wore it the other day with a different top but never got pics! He also made some cushion covers too.
We had a prayer time with the growing group of YWAM'ers at the YWAM land near Ryabega.
 And of course the children gathered. 
Most of them should have been in school at the time, but can't afford it!
This is what I've been doing with bigger leftover scraps!
 I did it for the morning class and made Peter do it for the afternoon class, 
below is their reaction - which I never got (insert sad face here)!
Horror, whooping, and clapping!!!
It must have been the head scarf!!!
 Got home from work today and saw this big moth on the shrubs -
 He had very interesting features!


 Had to show Alphonsine the outfit - feel like a 'genie'!
Going to miss Alphonsine very much! She talks about us going, and what she would like us to bring back, (Leona has spoiled her with gifts!), and how she will stay at the house the whole time we are gone. Alphonse, our guard, will be here for the evenings. Four months will be a long time for her, we will be busy traveling and visiting and it won't seem as long for us.

Praising God for the way things are coming together for us in planning this trip to USA and Canada.
It is great that we have almost all our Sunday's filled. I feel like we will be so busy that we'll need a break when we get back. Looking forward to seeing all our children and grandchildren, siblings and my parents. Nineteen days till it all starts!
Thank you God!

Sewing Test

Test items have been coming in left and right, so here they are.
Pascasie "upped the ante" by doing embroidery on her test projects!
She is very gifted. I would never have known this if we hadn't had Liz teach it in January. 
Thanks once again Liz!!!
Pascasie
Esther
Latifa
Rosene
Claudine
Floratine
Esther
Claudine
Latifa
Rosene
Rosene
Latifa
Epiphanie
Epiphanie
Pascasie
Pascasie
Margueritte
Margueritte
Floratine
Claudine
Epiphanie (piffed because I never gave her 100! LOL)
Claudine
Floratine
Margueritte
Eppy
Eppy
Eppy
Eppy
Esther
Floratine
Epiphanie
Claudine
There is like three more items that need to be handed in, probably tomorrow.
The last day of classes is tomorrow, can't hardly believe another 6 months is gone by!
One student knows she needs to repeat, so we will let her. Her items are sewn together but, well, I wouldn't likely wear them, nor would the other leaders. She just needs a little more practice. The one gal that did do it again from the last class has improved tremendously!

Graduation is Friday, April 4th. Looking forward to a great day!