October 29, 2016
I was sitting crocheting an angel, for the manger scene I wanted this year, under the Christmas tree, and realized that I should be writing a prayer letter to our supporters.
So, here I am writing to you. First, Thank you so much for the support that you gave this year. It goes to say, that we wouldn’t be here doing ministry, if it wasn’t for your contributions, Thanks!
The family reunion in August was a real treat to attend. We got to see more relatives than we normally would have. Also, thanks for the funds for finishing the fence and underground water tank. The fence looks great, and we hope that the tank will soon fill with the rains. We have a great supportive family, Thanks to all of you! One relative bought all the “surplus bags & etc.” that we were not able to sell, that was a great blessing to us, and a help to the production ministry here. Upon returning, we have learned that one of the production gals has sewn a number of bags, and has them for sale in a local shop, here in our village Ryabega - very exciting to see her using the skill and machine she received! We hope to hear more of this happening.
We have noticed an increase into the lives of the local children, since our trip to Canada, more of you have come along side us, to help them get an education. This makes our lives a bit busier, but also more fulfilled, as we see the changes it makes, in not only the child, but the whole family, as they learn more - they can get jobs to support their families.
We were very happy to get a report upon returning from Canada, from our landlord of the building we rent for the sewing school. “You have a great man there in Theophile (our tailor), he is more dependable than the workers I have. Make sure you treat him well!” We are very blessed to have Theo, and God has seen fit to bless him. The couple that support Theo’s children, also wanted to help with Theo’s house. Since returning, we have been able to see that he has a good solid roof over his home, and have made the house much more livable. The house still needs some more windows, it has only three, but that will come I’m sure. Theo is very thankful to those who helped in making this happen, in return we (Peter & I), were given a rooster for eating, from Theo. So we have a chicken in the yard, he’s lonely and unsure of what is happening to him, as he seems to be hiding during the day. What can I say, he just missed Thanksgiving, and Christmas is coming - will try to fatten him up but that’s really hard to do in this warm country! We will be thinking of those supporters as we enjoy our meal! The unexpected blessings of ministry!
We have been blessed with funds for the ministry work too. We had Graduation October 28, 2016 for the sixth group of students, 19 Grads this year. This is amazing when we think about it, that we have been here that long. We are especially grateful to Theo and Eppy for the amazing work they did in our absence, as we look at the skill of sewing that the students are doing. We are going to continue with running the school, for the 9 to 10 months each year, that the children are in school, so that the school breaks coincide with the country’s school system. This benefits the moms that want to attend, and the ones that we want to reach.
On another note, we would like you to know, that through circumstances, we have lost some of our personal support, one fifth actually. We are needing to raise $500.00 to $600.00 per month. We have truly been blessed with what we have, but realize too, that this is reality and we need more. Please pray with us that God will supply this need.
There are plans to continue letting Theo run the sewing school and I to get some production going soon for more of those that want to earn a sewing machine. Peter enjoys working with the church he got to name - “God’s Garden Church”, and with helping everywhere he can, like putting sewing machines together. I have seen my doctor after two months of no medication, and the blood tests revealed that I still need to be on a small dose of steroids for the Polymyagia Rheumatica.
God is continuing to take care of us, keeping us healthy and safe, and for that we are truly grateful!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Peter & Diane Salmond
PO Box161, Nyagatare, Rwanda
P.S. To up date you, we have not received any donations toward the new sewing school, but that is all in God’s hands. We know that His planning is the best and we have faith in His timing.
For personal support:
Code is: SP05 for Peter and Diane Salmond,
For ministry support;
Code is: YA27 for Ashes to Ministry Rwanda,
Send to: (for either support)
YWAM Vancouver, Project Funding Office, PO Box 57100, RPO East Hastings, Vancouver, BC V5K 5G6
or firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.436.4433
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