Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Prayer Letter

Ashes To Worship Ministry in Rwanda with Peter & Diane Salmond

March 2014 Prayer Letter

"Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks.
For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God has been so good. He is always there. We have nothing to fear as He is always watching out for us. He has kept us safe. He has provided all our needs and we see Him working in the ministry. We are overwhelmed with the help shown and given for His ministry over here. The interest shown to the ministry that comes from others just mentioning it to their family, friends, and co-workers. The ministry is so much more than we imagined it would be when we first came over here.

Monday, September 23rd, we started the third 6 month course of sewing. We had 20 people sign up but only 16 students showed up the first week. We now have 10 students attending that will graduate. At the beginning of each class we have a half hour Bible lesson taught by Peter.

- A full month of teaching the class about the sewing machine, and the first steps of sewing. Pin cushions, circles, napkins, and a variety of bags were the first items that taught them techniques for sewing clothes later.
- We had a visit from Canadian friends at the end of October and into November, Harry Holmquist and his grandson Branden. It was a pleasure to have them here and their encouragement to the ministry. Harry's wife Diane sent us a care package of items for a Thanksgiving dinner - including the stuffed turkey!!!
- Every Wednesday, Peter continues to meet with a group of our church people for discipleship classes.

Turkey Dinner with the "Stuffed Turkey"

- Other YWAM'ers moved into Nyagatare, just a few minutes walk from our place. About once a week we get together for some fellowship. Welcome Christian & Anne Brack.
- Students are now learning how to sew clothes, skirts are first.
- The guardhouse is nearly finished, the door and window are needed.
- We had a taste of sweet corn from our garden.
- The papers for YWAM Tyler Texas are filled out for our USA supporters.
- We celebrated Thanksgiving with the USA, using the items that Diane Holmquist had sent over. I think Alphonsine was sure I never cooked in Canada. She learned that I could clean, and cook a chicken, and make stuffing, potatoes, gravy and bake a pie and cake! She sure enjoyed it!
Production results!

- Teaching on collars and tabs. Hopefully there will be shirts that will have their top buttons done up without choking the wearer. They also learned to measure for, cut out, and sew pants.
- Outdoor oven being made with help from Christian Brack.
- Guardhouse has the door and window in but no glass yet.
- Production is making lots of bags.
- Christmas Day we attended the church of one of our moto drivers, and received a live chicken.
Baking in the outdoor oven

- We tried the outdoor oven as it was completed, with help from Christian & Anne. We had to test it out before our Canadian visitors came, bread and pizza turned out very well!
- My sister Leona, and her co-worker Liz, came for two weeks. They taught in the sewing school, Leona taught quilting, and Liz embroidery stitches. Each student put some embroidery on their 12 inch mat. We visited three village churches and Franswa's almost completed house, that she is living in. Leona was also able to reunited with friends she made in their last trip here. A great two weeks! We had such a busy time that I'm sure Leona and Liz had to take a break when they returned to Canada.
Leona & Liz's visit
Franswa's house

The students have been learning about ladies tops, men's shirts, and dresses.
Production finished the end of the month, having made 550 items. Some had sewn enough items, that once they are sold, they would be able to purchase a new sewing machine, some will purchase a used one. We have used our own money to help in this way. Five "very happy" ladies purchased 4 machines, 2 ladies will purchase used machines with their money, and 4 ladies are continuing to build their funds to purchase new, when we return from Canada. The other two made the choice to receive cash. We will be refunded our costs when we sell the items on our trip home. Our little sewing room has been very busy these last 4 months!

Pelagie and her sewing machine

Providence and her sewing machine

Anne Marie and her sewing machine

Todoziya & Jane and their sewing machine
Thanks to those who have helped with the finances for our house in the months we are gone. (We had put a 'plea' on FaceBook about the situation.) We are able to keep our rental house for less than half the rent, and Alphonsine will stay in the house, with Alphonse, our guard, coming every evening. We were very encouraged by the response to this need.

Thanks once again to our support team, that pray and financially support us each month. We are finding that our support level falls a bit short of the cost of living here. We are praying that the Lord will continue to meet all our needs. Please pray with us. We are looking forward to seeing many of you when we are home. There are still a few Sunday's open if you would like us to visit you or your church. Contact us at our email address. 
Itinerary for April to August 2014:
Friday - April 4 - Graduation for the 10 sewing students.
Tuesday - April 15 - leave Rwanda
Wednesday - April 16 - land in Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Wednesday - May 7ish - fly to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - May 11 - Alliance Church, Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - May 18 - OPEN
Friday - May 23 - R & J Gruchy's, Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - May 25 - First Baptist Church, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - June 1 - Parkland Bible Church, Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - June 8 - Church Of God, Paradise Valley, Alberta, Canada
Sunday - June 15 - Baptist Church, Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada
Sunday - June 22 - Parkside Alliance Church, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
Sunday - June 29 - Possible Big River Bible Camp, Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - July 6 - Gospel Church, Middle Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - July 13 - Pineridge Fellowship Chapel, Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday - July 20 - OPEN
Sunday - July 27 - OPEN
Sunday - Aug 3 - OPEN
Thursday - Aug 7ish - Fly to Ontario
Sunday - Aug 10 - OPEN
Sunday - Aug. 17 - OPEN
Sunday - Aug 25 - fly back to Rwanda

May God richly bless you,

Peter & Diane Salmond

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