Sunday, November 30, 2014

Since Grad

November 2014 is on it's last day!
Where has the time gone?
It's been just so not good for my OCD since we got back here.
We arrived when there were only two months left of the 6 month course. 
I hardly got to know the students before they graduated. 
And since then, the schedule has changed many times, and will likely change some more. 
We've experienced new things - like "you have to pay such and such",
 when for the last 2 years we haven't even known about it!!! 
It's just been a bit crazy!

But this is what has happened since Graduation:

ONE: Nov. 11th,
We got a working water meter - not sure I like that!
We've had our days with EWSA.

TWO: Nov. 19th,
We were on our way to an event and Marie Jean (2nd class grad) called out.
Here she is sewing in her store. So encouraging for Peter and I to see this.

THREE: Nov. 19th,
Mutare Development Center had a celebration on starting their building project.
There are four couples with YWAM that are building on the YWAM land near where we have our school in Ryabega. They are staring with a health care building, which is very needed.
and more,
and food! and rain!

FOUR: Nov. 21,
Our potatoes have been harvested.
and our yard it still producing,
Sunflowers, carrots,
Kale, pineapple, lemon grass,
potatoes in the house to stay dry.
FIVE: Nov. 25,
Trip back from Kigali was an experience - got a ticket for having luggage in the back seat with me.
We had bought 5 new sewing machines and they were in the trunk.
So excited about the 3 students that paid for their machines!
(Hopefully pictures later on that, the other two were from donations!)

SIX: Nov. 26,
Corn is ready for eating!
I've been waiting so long for it! I've missed the field corn they eat here!
Peter has too I guess!
SEVEN: Nov. 27, 28,
Pants and Shirts and New bag.
I've been teaching Theo and Eppy some tips on shirts and pants.
Theo has finished his shirt and is working on 'my online education' style of pants!!!
I've finished my shirt and pants and started a new style bag - my own design!!!
Can't wait till it's finished!
Theo is very concentrated - We had problems with the 'fly' but he's a good sport and will be teaching the 'new' way!!!
Eppy still on her shirt for her son! Theo will be teaching her the pants next week.
EIGHT: Nov. 28,
I just love the poinsettias in the yards. Would love to get some 'seed' for my yard.
Oh, they are gorgeous!
NINE: Nov. 29,
Christmas decorations at our house are very few!

TEN: Nov. 30,
Choirs at Church - eight because of the daughter churches attending today.
Jesus Is Lord children's choir
Karohoza children's choir
Jesus Is Lord youth choir
Kabirizi choir
Karohoza youth choir
Karohoza adult choir
Communion - sure wish for communion dishes for the church.
Jesus Is Lord adult choir.
Jesus Is Lord young adult choir.
Well, even though it seems to have been unstructured these last few months,
and I have felt very unsettled,
I am looking forward to the next few months.
We plan to do some teaching on uniform clothes,
specifically pants and button up shirts, because of the 'details',
to all of those who have graduated, and can manage to come,
 starting Dec. 8th to Jan. 30.
Also, we will take some time for Christmas and New Years.
And Lord willing, we will start another class of new beginners, around the 9th of February.
 God has continued to be our strength.
We praise Him for the work he is continuing to do through us.
We are very blessed.
The one lady that will be getting her machine soon,
(Peter wants to make sure it's working properly first),
said to me, "God bless you!"
I told her, "He has, because of the smile on your face."
She is so happy to be able to have gotten her own machine,
yes, she earned the money and paid for it.
It's so rewarding to be here and see those smiles, 
and see people have their lives changed because of Christ!
Why wouldn't I want to be here?
God has truly blessed me.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

God Can Do This Through You

Dear Family and Friends,                                                                           November 13, 2014

We would like to say thank you for your continued support to our ministry here in Rwanda and
specifically to the people of Ryabega.

For those of you who may not be familiar with our ministry, we are partnering with the Ryabega
and area community in 3 ministry areas. We are closely involved in the sewing school ministry,
we also partner with the pre-primary and primary education school, and assist with the local

We have been blessed to see much growth in all areas of our ministry. The sewing school
continues to have many graduates every 6 months. Total graduates, 62. We have been asked by
some of our graduates for advanced sewing classes, and will be looking into accommodating

The pre-primary and primary classes are full of eager children wanting to learn. As the children
get older we are looking to expand the school to meet their educational needs.

The local church has started 2 Sister Churches in smaller villages.

God is working in Ryabega and area. The schools are an integral part of our ministry. They are a
way we can show God's love in practical ways.

The sewing school is currently being conducted in the Pastor's home. We have outgrown this
facility and it is an inconvenience for the pastor's family.

When we returned from North America for our second term, we had anticipated moving out of
the Pastor's home and into a new sewing school which was built on the church property.

The Government of Rwanda has set up specific regulations for the pre-primary and primary
school (Education School), and in order to continue to operate, it was necessary for the
Education School to use the newly constructed Sewing School Facility.

We are hoping that 2 new classrooms and a teacher's office, could be built for the Education
School. The New Sewing School building would then be used for it's intended use.

Our need at this time is for the construction of 2 new classrooms for the Education school.
The 2 new Education classrooms will need to be built to government specifications and the cost
for each furnished classroom is $15,000.00 each (26 ft x 30 ft)

At this time of year, as you are thinking about gifts for family and friends, would you also
consider giving a gift to the people of Ryabega and their community?

We are constantly amazed how God blesses our ministry with gifts that we do not expect and
from people who have a giving heart. If you have an idea to raise some funds in your circle of
friends, please share our ministry. We thank you in advance, God is at work everywhere!

If you would like to give a one time gift, please mail your cheque to YWAM Vancouver with the
reference code:

Or consider being a monthly contributor. All donations to our ministry are tax deductible.

YWAM Vancouver
Project Funding Office
PO Box 57100 RPO East Hastings
Vancouver, BC
V5K 5G6

We would love to hear from you, info in tab above.

"May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace." Numbers 6: 24-26

Peter and Diane Salmond

Monday, November 10, 2014

Graduation Has Come and Gone

Thursday, November 6, 2014
 Decorations were done by the class. I was asked to help but found more important things to do like printing off the certificates. I think they did a wonderful job on their own!
 Friday, November 7, 2014
 First step was to show the 'new' classroom off to the leaders that came for the graduation,
and to explain the display of clothes the graduates had sewn for their test.
(We had some of the machines and other furniture items moved over on Tuesday to the
new classroom as it was closer to the church. They will have to be moved back as we
don't have a guard and the Primary School is using it as a classroom and office.
We are hoping that when the Primary School starts again in January 2015, that we
will have funds to build them a classroom of their own and we can use this one.)
The grads dressed in gowns paraded to the church for the ceremony.
 Alex shared about the ministry.
 Peter shared.
 I shared.
Theo shared.
 Clarisse spoke for the students.
 A community leader shared.
The class of 22 grads were given their certificates.
As you can see, gowns were optional.
 The Amahoro Choir sang at the beginning of the ceremonies, and again toward the end.
 Yay, we were allowed to invite guests - we ended up not being the only 'white' people there!
Thanks Fiona, Amanda & Mike for coming.
 Sound man.
 Invited leaders, or rather their reps.
Thanks Amanda for taking the pics, you did a great job!
Okay so this one was from my phone!
 We invited Jackson (Peter's moto driver) and his 'madame' to come.
 Sorry, there were two different breads and an egg, fanta and water, for the lunch after
 - we were hungry by the end and we ate it all before I remembered to take a pic!
 It was a great day, started "Rwanda" time,
but seemed to catch up and almost finish on scheduled time.
We gave gifts to the ones with top marks and top attendance.
And of course we received gifts from the students.
The weather was great too, as it is the rainy season yet.
 It was cloudy and may have rained a bit during the ceremony,
but there were lots of pics taken outside after.
We came home tired, but pleased with another class of great students.

We pray that each one will remember the Bible lessons that Peter taught
in the last two months, and what Eppy taught while we were in Canada.
We pray too, that they will continue to use their skill and
somehow be able to purchase a machine to continue learning more.
We do know that there is a good percentage of the past graduates
who are still sewing and some have been able to purchase a machine.
We hope to have, in the near future, advance classes for the graduates.
They are wanting to learn more and that is great.
Six months in only a beginning of learning a skill.
God has been good and we are pleased with our hard working staff.
Hope to teach a few tips and techniques to Theo and Eppy before Christmas,
and then start another 6 month course soon after the new year.
We plan to take a break at Christmas and New Year's,
so there is lots that will happen in the next while.

Praise the Lord for all He has done for us in the last month,
and what He is going to do in the future.