Well, our time in Canada is finished! We flew out August 25th from Buffalo, New York and landed in Kigali, Rwanda on August 26th.
Our trip is one we will always remember. We have many memories with our children and grandchildren and families. We have met old friends and reminisced of the past. We have made new friends which we pray will continue well into the future.
We want to thank all of you that helped us out while we stayed in the USA and in Canada. Those that gave us a bed to sleep in, those of you that fed us (so much so that we gained many pounds/kilos that caused the Rwandans to tell us we are 'fat', which in their culture is a compliment – now we have to work harder to get it off - for two reasons: a: it isn't quite as healthy as they believe it is, b: we don't fit our clothes!), also those of you who helped with expenses of traveling and the vehicles that were provided for our use while there, and the many gifts that were donated, not only to us, but to the ministry. Also, thanks to the many churches and homes for giving us an opportunity to share about the ministry. Many, many thanks to all of you for your generosity!
We want to also thank those who have been praying for us and who have given to help raise funds needed to continue the ministry in Rwanda. We need to continue to meet the present needs of paying our staff and continuing to build the Sewing School and the Preschool and Primary School.
We will continue our work in obedience to our Lord. We are praying about where the ministry goes from here. Some of the things we have been thinking about, and in fact have considered, is that the graduates of the sewing school are wanting to learn more, so the opportunity to do advanced sewing classes are very possible. Also to continue building the pre/primary school we have started already. The goal is to build it up from P1 to P6 classrooms (grade 1 to grade 6). And starting a new sewing school in a poorer village farther off the main road, where many of the adults cannot read or write their own language, and where the children do not have a school close by to attend. We would love to see in the future a pre/primary school for those children. Then, the men in the area are in need of a skill or trade to learn. We want to start something in that department.
How can you help us over the next two years? You can pray, give, come, or send.
- Pray for the work, for our team, for us as a couple, and for Rwanda in general. For yourselves and the work God has for you to do.
- You can give towards our personal monthly support, or you can give towards the monthly support of our ministry 'Ashes To Worship'. We need to raise our personal support by about $500.00, and our ministry support needs to be at about $2,000.00 a month. God is good, pray with us for 50 people to give $50.00 each a month and that will meet a very big need. We know that this is possible.
- We would love groups and individuals to come and visit, and help out for a week or so.
- Maybe you cannot come yourself, but you could help send someone else to bring you back a report on what they have seen. If your youth/adults in your church would like to come, send us an email and start talking with us and we will work with you in making it happen.
Again we want to say thank you, for your part in reaching Rwanda with the complete gospel of Jesus Christ, through building into every aspect of their lives - physically, mentally, spiritually, economically, and reaching their own community with the good news of Jesus Christ.
We were very encouraged in our trip to Canada/USA and feel that we have a great team supporting us from there. We will let the Rwandan's know how big a part you play in their lives because of your support to the ministry.
God bless, and we hope to see some of you in Africa over the next two years.