Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Shirts and Pants and Thanks

More finished!
 Anne Marie









The wall is full of shirts and pants!
We will be having a celebration tomorrow for those who were able to finish.
It has been a great class, and I'm so proud of them.

God has been good.
This month we had an increase in donations for our personal support.
We never said anything about how the dropping Canadian dollar has
affected us over here, but it sure has.
Thank God for those of you who have been obedient to His call.
We are so thankful for His provision.
God bless you 
as he has us!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dress Shirts and Pants

Here's more!
Dresses made for Pelagie's girls!
They are very happy!
Pelagie's shirt
Teddy's shirt she made for her son who is off to school now.
 We had a mechanic from Nyagatare come today to check a machine none of us could get working.
He has been very good to us and charges very reasonably,
and is willing to train us in fixing the machines.
Theo, Peter and I take turns at trying to fix them and we do a pretty good job,
but some times we just don't know what's wrong.
We were on the right track with this one, just didn't quite go far enough!

Another good day,
hoping all the students will continue to work hard at finishing on time!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Weekend and Monday

Peter trimmed the mango tree on Saturday.
We found out through watching a video that the tree was just producing mainly new growth.
Hopefully now with this trim we will see bigger mangoes, but maybe fewer too. 

Theo finished the second dress. 
Now he will make school uniforms for the two girls.

Also, today there were a couple of shirts and a pair of pants finished.
We also agreed on a final date for the Advance Class.
It was suppose to end on Jan. 30th 
but there were no shirts handed in until the 11th of February.
Now there is just a few shirts to be finished and the two weeks 
they have left will probably be enough time to finish all the pants.
Advanced Class will be celebrating accomplishments on Feb. 27th.
No more time to dawdle, talk on the phone, or just not show up!
This class sure has drawn out the serious, good sewers.
We've seen a few drop out, for various reasons.
But we have some great seamstresses.

Theo's second little dress.
Brandine's shirt
Todoziya's shirt & pants
Sarah's shirt
Continuing to Praise God for the funds that have come in for the classrooms.
With the exchange rate and the Canadian dollar dropping it makes it a bit tough.
We are able to start on the first classroom tomorrow.
Plans say it will be completed in 67 days, April 24, 2015.
Not sure what will be left over, from what we know has come in, for a second classroom, 
but we are praising God for what He has provided through our support team!
Love the way God works in lives half way around the world -
to a poor little village in Rwanda Africa!
Building a classroom,
supporting children to get educated,
ministering to those with a spiritual hunger,
helping train those with the desire to have a skill,
how blessed Peter and I are to see this happening!
And thanks to those who support us being here,
we could not have done it without you,
or without God!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

More Shirts And Pants

They are still coming in. Providence finished her shirt and pants, and is glad to have that finished, and is now working on a bag, which she loves to do more than clothes.  Betty, Olive, and Clarissa are finished their shirts and are now working on their pants. Seems like the pants aren't taking as long to sew up, and each student is happy with the way they fit.

Having a great time with seeing smiles on their faces. The above yellow shirt had one sleeve put on wrong, and she had to take the tab and cuff off and turn the sleeve inside out and then put it back together - she didn't like all the work but was pleased to have it correct in the end.
Yes it's rewarding work!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Back To Routine

I was excited about today, couldn't wait to get back to class.
We had been gone for about a week and the students and staff had been on their own. (going to happen more and more I think!)
One of the things that was mentioned before we left was the fact that they had to do what Theo asked of them.
I'm a bit hard on them, the students, I want to have them do their best, and that requires them to rip out sewing that they have done, redo it and hopefully better than the first time. They don't always do what Theo has asked and he will let them get away with excuses they give him. He knows what I would like to see and he does tell them, but if they argue he sends them over to me, and I tell them they have to rip it out. So knowing that I'd be gone for a week the topic came up - (I'm thinking the one that asked wasn't too well liked after!) and so it was decided that they were to listen to Theo while we were gone and do as he asked because he knew what I would expect from them if I was there.
Well, I came back and was so impressed with the shirts that were completed and the quality, and there were two pairs of pants that were finished too. Very good work!
Delphine and Donata tried on their shirts with their pants and got photos! Well, if I ever wanted to know what was being said, today was the day! Not sure if those two ladies had ever worn pants "in public" before, but there sure was a lot of exclamations!!! They did such a great job! The pants fit perfectly, as you can see below. It is so worth the effort to get them to "take it out" and do it again. And Theo and I are "high fiving", proud of ourselves for sticking to our guns and getting them to 'rip it out', AND the students that have finished a shirt or pants are proud of themselves, and rightfully should be!!! The shirts are definitely market value!
Theo also had time to sew up one of two dresses he was paid to make while teaching this last week.
Hopefully I'll get a picture of the two dresses on the two little girls they are made for!
Again God has blessed us! It is very rewarding to see the students working hard to do their best!
Thank you God for this opportunity!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fabric Boxes and Gifts

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
and the days went just as fast as you read them!
And there's pictures to show what we did.
 Pelagie brings her baby and an older daughter to watch her, also one day we had an extra little one.
The boxes turned out really good, and
the students enjoyed having Leona teach them to make a fabric box,
and fabric flowers.
Both the AM and PM classes gave gifts to Leona.

We have extending the Advance Class for few more weeks,
as we miscalculated how long it would take for the students to sew
a button up, long sleeved shirt, and a pair of pants with a fly.
We are hoping to be finished by the last week in February or before.

 Sunday was a great time of worshiping and Praising God at the church.
Lots of singing and dancing.
 Greetings from the Canadians,
and sharing God's word to encourage the congregation.
 And more gifts!
 Leona & Fraser brought gloves for the moto drivers,
a needed, and appreciated gift.
 Leona got brave this year and actually waved - hanging on with only one hand while riding.
We were finished with the 'work' in Ryabega and headed to Kigali.
 Taking time to relax after the trip to Kigali.
 Giraffes at the Step Town Motel.

In a few days they will be flying back to Canada!
The time has been short, but good!
We had a great time showing them the needs,
and helping alleviate some of it.
What a joy to bring smiles to so many that need help.
It is a blessing to bless others.
God is so good.
We are so encouraged to have visitors see the ministry.
❤️ Thank you Leona & Fraser for coming!❤️
We are being blessed too, in seeing the finances come in for the classrooms.
Thanks to everyone so far for your contributions and prayers.
We almost have enough for 2,
and are excited to get started on the first one.
We are blessed to be seeing God work in this way.
We will be picking up another sewing machine too, 
bringing a total of 6 machines bought by students 
since our return from Canada five months ago.
Thank you God for your protection on us,
for your mercy,
your grace,
your love,
may we never forget the blessings you give us,
may we be always blessing others
so they see You!