Moved into the house a week ago and it's amazing to see the changes from when we moved into the boy's quarters six weeks before that. The key one for me is the noises from construction, next - the changes in the yard. We kept the guard the master builder hired for guarding the property during construction. He got bit once by Shelagh our guard dog when he tried to hold her back from the vehicles bringing in supplies. I was definitely afraid for his health but seems to have survived and he and Shelagh get along. He's moved into the guard house now and cooks his own meals on a little "stove" he's made beside the guardhouse and the papaya.
And he did odd jobs for us this week like laying these bricks near the door and hoed a garden spot for the seeds that arrived from Canada that I wanted to plant before it got too late.
As you can see we still need the gate to be built and placed in it's spot. Shelagh would love to run around and not be tied up as she has been since we left Nyagatare. The water tanks need to be positioned too.
So glad to not have to use the squatty potty any more, well while I'm home anyway, still have to use it at work.
(The guests will use it!)
Peter's been doing some landscaping. I mean getting the horseshoe pit up and running is important part of enjoying life!!!!
Four banana trees were planted. It was decided that we needed them, yellow and green, the yard is big enough. But the rains we've been getting have been pooling in the yard and we will have to dig a hole in the bottom of the foundation of the fence on the low end so the banana trees do not get too much water as they will rot.
The piles of sand, gravel, brick and stone have now a fellow pile of manure. We have to get that spread around. And I need to place the plants I've dragged with us from the house in Nyagatare six months ago! Oh my goodness there's so much to do!!!
The elephant grass has started to come back, that will have to be dug out at root level. Someone will want it as seed I'm sure, for their cow.
The power and poles need to be put in and hooked up - hopefully soon!
God is good! He has blessed us!
(Helps me to blog about the blessings He gives us, to be thankful for what I have, rather than dwelling on the have nots!!!)
They've been working hard and steady. Getting closer to being done. They are working on the veranda and gutter around the house and pointing on the fence. Today was treat day, we bought fanta for those that were here.
Corinthians 3:10,11 “According to the grace of God given to me,
like a skilled master-builder I laid a foundation, but someone else
builds on it. And each one must be careful how he builds. For no one
can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus
September 25th we had the 5th Graduation of
sewing students. Sixteen students, who eagerly strived to get high
marks, top attendance and Bible learning, were honoured that day! We,
as staff, were proud to have these students receive their
certificates. We already have about 20 signed up to take the course
when it starts in January 2016. We are looking at having a change in
schedule – we plan on having only one class a day, running an hour
or two longer (8 am to about 2 pm) and trying out 2 students per
sewing machine. We are willing to try this as we are limited in
machines and space, and Peter and I have been pushing ourselves and
our staff very hard and feel it is time to lighten our load just a
what are the plans for the rest of this year?
Advance class will run for 2 months, late October into December. They
will learn to sew a button-up collar shirt and pants with a fly – a
basic school uniform, a necessity in this country.
Production will be starting mid October, with the help of YWAM team
member Fiona Merrild. She is homeschooling her 3 children along with
her husband Christian and they have worked a plan for her to come to
the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are looking forward to her
expertise on the subject of marketing and producing. We will have 10
machines for the sewing school and 5 machines for production – and
looking for more, (hint, hint), but are glad to start with a small
number till we are comfortable with the process, and we don't have
room for extra now.
with that, we are also enjoying our new rental for the school but
realize that it will soon be outgrown if we want to see the above
develop. In saying that, we are looking for funds to build a
permanent structure that will be large enough for all the above and
possibly more vocational training like computers. (Right now one of
the YWAM staff is renting a room in our building block to teach
computer course to those who are interested, which are quite a few.)
The cost for building would come to $20,000.00 CDN per room and we
are looking at needing up to 5 rooms. This building will be built on
the YWAM land in our area, Mutara, Rwanda for continued use for years
to come. Mutara Development Centre, MDC, has a medical building there
already in use and having a vocational training building would be a
great addition, along with the agricultural, cows, pigs and farming
that is running too. Please let the Lord guide you as to what you can
contribute to the fund for the building of the new sewing school.
Information about sending funds is at the end of this letter. Please
feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and also feel free
to share this with family, friends and co-workers or anyone else you
may think would love to contribute.
we would like to share about the building of our house. All is going
well and we hope to be in it soon. As I write this they are laying
the tiles on the floor, painting has been started, the doors and
windows are in but not the glass, plumbing in the bathrooms needs to
be finished and a few things outside are not finished.
to those of you who have supported us with your prayers and finances
over the years. Trusting that God will lead you to continue to
support the ministry here. We are encouraged to see that His plans
are greater than ours and that we can totally trust him to meet the
needs we see here as we work with those who may be less fortunate.
What a pleasure it is to serve Him here.
& Diane Salmond
********* Below is a introduction to a couple, local missionaries, we work
with here in Ryabega. Read their story and see if God wants you to
help them in their missionary journey. ********
have had the pleasure of working with Rwandan YWAM staff Amiss and
Marieth. Two great people who serve God with us in Ryabega under
YWAM. We would like to introduce them to you and if God is leading
you to help them – please contact them using their email -
name is Amiss Habimana Jean Marie and I am Rwandaise, although
I was born in Burundi in 1983. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters. My
parents were refugees there. I was born in the refugee country. When
we returned back home to our country, we found that all of our
relatives died during the genocide. All of our Grandpa's, grandma's
and uncles and aunties were all gone. I thank God that I left the
country one month before the genocide started.
grew up in a Muslim household but I came to know Jesus Christ in
2002. Since then, my life has changed in many ways. After I did my
Discipleship Training School - DTS in YWAM Rwanda in 2005, I went to
Tanzania to do my Introduction Primary Health Care program. In 2006 I
joined YWAM Rwanda as staff.
my walk with Christ, I have discovered that my passion is to work
with poor people and also with people who are affected by HIV/AIDS,
orphans, and with people who are losing hope. I started working
voluntarily with APRECOM (AIDS PREvention and Care Outreach Ministry)
in 2006. My role with APRECOM involved :
Being responsible for local support groups for widows and people
living with HIV/AIDS: I helped by encouraging people through bible
teachings, song, and dance. I arranged health insurance for APRECOM
members and their families. I also brought member’s concerns to the
Counselling: I helped provide counselling for families (including
reconciliation counselling in broken families) and at-risk children.
I also suggested healthy lifestyle ideas to members.
Sponsorship for children’s school fees: I help coordinate the
allocation of school fees for APRECOM member’s children. I arranged
home visits and hospital trips for the seriously ill.
is what I was doing for 7 years, but now we live in Mutara. After
doing DTS with my wife, this was a second DTS for me. God spoke to us
to change our area of ministry. God didn't change my passion but He
changed the place in which we were serving. So we left Kigali and we
are now ministering in Mutara, Mutara is in the East Province of
Rwanda. So I am very happy that I am still able to continue with some
mercy ministries here in Mutara, such as through support groups, and
providing counselling and health care for poor families. I also enjoy
doing home visits and seeing how families are doing in their homes.
am very thankful to be a part of the Ministries here in Mutara, and I
hope that you can help me to be able to continue the much-needed work
that my wife and I are now doing here together with a team of four
other couples and a single young man. Our ministry consists of many
different areas of ministry, but our main focus is at the Mutara
Development Centre (MDC) where our aim is to empower the most
vulnerable people, especially women and children, in the Mutara
region through healthcare, agricultural, training, and business/job
creation projects, built on biblical principles, to be able to
envision and create a better living for themselves, their family and
is a humbling experience to ask for help, but I know that God uses
other people to bless us when we ask. My prayer is that you may be
able to financially support us with a one-time donation or by
committing to support us for a period of time.
name is Umutesi Marieth. I was born in Tanzania. I grew up in
Rwanda. I have both parents.
I was young I had a dream to be a doctor, but it didn't work because
I didn't have the average they needed for nursing school. I tried to
find a private nursing school, but they didn't have a place. So in my
high school I changed to a course in accounting. I worked in the bank
for two years and a half.
I got married to Amiss I heard about DTS and I was not interested in
doing DTS because I was not sure. I lived near the YWAM base in
Kigali. People tried to talk to me about DTS but it was not my time
to do it. But the time came and I decided to go.
got married to Amiss. I felt that this was my time for working with
God and to see what God had for me. At that time my fiance was at
YWAM for a long time, so I wanted to start a new journey with him,
both of us are YWAM'ers.
got married on the 8th of December, we started DTS on the
7th of January.
was happy doing my DTS with my husband as we started a new life
together seeing another part of what God had for us in our future. As
we finished our lecture phase we went on out reach in South Sudan and
Uganda. I was so excited to go on outreach expressing my dream to
love people and caring for them and to see them grow & trusting
in him in whatever they do.
finished my DTS, I staffed a DTS for six months. After finishing my
six months, I was thinking to go and find the job because to live by
faith was hard for me. I used to have a monthly salary. So I struggle
to be a missionary living by faith, in this culture they don't
understand the missionaries, even for my family it is hard for them
to understand what I am going to do but God is so faithful to us &
he has a plan for those who believe in him.
time we were doing DTS, my husband told me about Mutara base, I
prayed and heard what God wanted us to do in Mutara. It was hard to
listen and obey to go to the village, but we decided together to move
to Mutara. So we moved to Mutara Development Centre, MDC. I am
working in financial at MDC and helping the people we work with by
vision is to help poor people and vulnerable families, to empower
them and teach them different skills, to help their families, &
also help them to grow up – in physical & spiritual areas.
Well, today is busy. The metal frames of the windows are getting painted white and ready for the glass to be installed on Monday. Thirteen windows and 4 doors.
Peter is digging out the 'front' fence area.
And the other workers are putting in the base for the fence.
We paid for the power, poles, and whatever else we needed, but it's not installed but it's needed - like yesterday. So they have hooked the line to the neighbour's pole/wire to use the welder to finish up the 'gutters'/ eaves toughs!!! It's a bit scary but . . . .
Peter thinks it will be close to 10 days before we will be moving into the house. The bathrooms need finishing yet along with the above, so we will see. 20th of October.
So glad we are living close to the construction, there is a lot of interesting "what they do and why they do it that way" and "how we want it done and why we want it done that way" going on every day. I think it is more of a learning curve for them and they may be wishing, on some days, that we weren't so close. Yeah, it's been an experience.
It's been 4 weeks now living in the boys quarters - yeah, it's been an experience. Alphonsine comes Monday to Friday to do the wash and fix meals and clean up the little rooms and talk with the workers.
The rains are here now and the garden has been planted at the sewing school. If it all comes up we will have plenty to share, which is our goal!
Everything is greening up. The cows have more grass. The corn and bean crops have sprouted and it looks like the start of another great rainy season.
Thankful to God for safety and health for the workers as the build the house.