Besides the students regular sewing, Peter had a giveaway on Friday. The student who answered correctly and had their name picked from a hat, got a book. An English book, you may be surprised, as we were, how many of them know English!
We hired two grads to help me with sewing graduation robes/gowns, Betty and Providence.
We are making them simple- small, medium, and large. This gal will be more suited with a medium.
I took it upon myself to do all the cutting as I had no paper pattern but the one I made.
And the progress of the house:
Covered toilet- squatty potty in the boys quarters/ guardhouse/ guesthouse.
This is a shot of the back wall of the BsQs/the plastered fence wall/property line combined. The house is being built on the other side.
Ta da. The house so far.
Shelagh our dog has been sick. Finally got some Glucortin-20, for numerous ailments and she is back to her old self.
It's really dry now. About two more months of this and then the wet season will be here. Can't wait to plant again, by that time it will be in our own yard.
Please continue to pray for the students as they have two months left. We've lost some for various reasons- pregnancy, marriage, and who knows what. Those who have continued are doing great and we hope to have 18 grads.
Also pray that the house will be finished in time for when we need it and the money won't be finished before that. (Everyone has that worry don't they?)
Continue to pray for our support level, it was up but has taken a dive. We know God has placed us here and we know we are doing his will. It's always comforting to know he does provide for those who are faithful.
Kirk blessed us with sending the part needed for my computer and Peter made a trip to Kigali to have it replaced. So I'm very thankful for that. The students get a monthly "slide show" and I'm sure they are eager for the next one. They love to see pictures of themselves.
We are very grateful to God for the way he has been taking care of us. Thankful for the financial support that is coming our way. And Thank you for your prayers for the work here.
On Friday we had a holiday. We went to visit Theophile and family. The MDC (Mutara Development Centre) sow had eight piglets that day and we took them our food scraps the next day. Went over to see the building sight. The walls are half up on the boys quarters and the bricks are there ready for the house walls on Monday.
Measuring and re measuring to make sure the rooms are the right size.
Bosco is the guard at the house we are staying in, he leaves guarding at 6:30 am and heads to the building site to work for the day, then is back guarding by about 5:30 pm for the night. He's a good man, very faithful.
Nkusi is the master builder. Just had a baby girl born yesterday, their third child. He built the house we are living in presently. He's a good man too.
Ah, and Claudina our neighbour to our property. She was the one that found the owner to the property we bought. She came over to receive fanta money for doing her part.
The village leader Sam who approved the property line yesterday.
Trees to be cut done to make the road for village, not for us.
And there's the red string to show our new property line. We gave 3 meters on the right for road, and we have 1 meter on the left to plant flowers and put a gutter for rain. Our fence wall will be built in to our boys quarters on that side with the entrance gate.
Peter lead the Bible lesson before all that. It - dealing with the land - took all morning. We had lunch and then the afternoon class was taught.
So thankful for Theo in looking after things for us while we deal with other matters during the day. There were more meetings in the afternoon and dealing with students that we were mentally exhausted by evening.
Just a few pictures of the latest events. The bananas growing at the sewing school. Orange seeds have come up. The view we will have when we move into our house. The skirts the students have made for themselves being modelled. They are doing such a great job. Bags and baby dresses were finished. And a Kefir Apple banana mango orange smoothie- oh so delicious!
The road is cleared to the property. The corn and cassava have been harvested. A couple of holes started and the boys quarters has been marked out. Praising God that the money has come and we can get 'at it'!!!
I really don't know how to write this post. I'm so stressed. I forgot about my appointment with the doc. We had booked the hotel two months ago and then life got busy. We forgot it was for this weekend. This morning I checked and panicked. Good thing the rooms were booked.
Buying the land and designing a house and getting money sent is not for the weak of heart. I'm getting too old for this. The neighbours are fighting over the property line, I know people all over the world do this. So what's new? Nothing. Except that I didn't expect it here. The money isn't here yet and it's been over a month- my fault. The house estimate was too much, so we cut off two meters on two sides. I guess it was too big. There is no road to our property so we have to make one. Did you know you can knock someone's house down and their toilet (squatty potty) for free and but have to pay them if you cut down their crop before they harvest it, even if they planted on road allowance?
And not to forget that my computer has been down for two weeks.
So I'm ranting. Well, I have a right to rant.
So I'm at the hotel trying to relax. They really have nice rooms here, tubs and hot water. We get treated very well. Love this place. Steptown Hotel, Kigali Rwanda. Look it up on the web.
So thankful for family through all of this. They have been there for us. Love you guys.
So thankful for Theo and Eppy. They have done a great job with teaching while we've been busy with these other details. The students have been doing their best too. I'm so amazed at the work they are handing in.
So thankful for Amiss. This man is so good at negotiating between two cultures. Definitely worth his weight in gold - wait a minute - Amiss you need to put some weight on. I'm sure you are worth more than that.
So thankful to God for loving me. Some days are tougher than others and I'm sure I mess up big time but He fixes it.
Sorry no pics. I hear they don't work so well when I post from my phone.