Please pray with us for our new staff
that have joined us,
they need support - prayer and finances.
Julius and Evelyne are
missionaries just like us and need to raise their own monthly support.
We can see that they are God’s pick for Ashes to Worship (ATW), with
some training, their skills and experience are exactly what we need to
manage and run the school when we are away in Canada and have proven to
be great help while we are here in Rwanda.
Our goal is to have ATW be self
sustaining and run by Rwandan people
with our guidance whether close by
or from afar in Canada.
It will take some work to get everything to
but they are so willing, and it will be easier because of that.
But they need your prayers and support to meet the needs of their
family of 5.
If you feel that God wants you to support this couple who
love the Lord and want to serve Him, please contact us.
They are the
answer to our prayers, God’s gift to us at ATW Ministries Rwanda.
Praise the Lord!
JULIUS’ & EVELYNE’S TESTIMONY
We are Julius NDAYISABA and Evelyne IRADUKUNDA, a born again couple who
have been married for six years now. We have 03 children namely; Hedva
RUGERO IMENA (4 1/2yrs) in Nursery 2, Jayden RUGERO NTWARI (21/2yrs) in
Nursery 1 and Elona Riola R. IGANZE (03months). I, Julius was born and
raised in Uganda as a Rwandese refugee, where I took my elementary
education before I joined the rest of Rwandese youth refugee early 1993
in an armed struggle led by RPF-Inkotanyi, to liberate our motherland
from the genocidal regime. Having achieved peace and stability of my
country, I resigned from the military and went back to School in
1997after 4 yrs of service in the Rwandese Army. In high School, I
received Jesus as my lord & savior which marked the beginning of my
call in ministry. Together with my faithful colleagues, we pioneered a
students’ fellowship service that revived our high school (Lycee de
Kigali) until today. Amidst the revival at the High school, God
spoke to me about my future calling as to how the fields are plenty of
harvest, but harvestors but few. In 2000, He led me and provided tuition
to study in YWAM-DTS as well YWAM International Community Development
School (IFCD) from where He confirmed His calling on my life. I even
staffed the 2001 DTS but I thought I wasn’t yet ready to fully respond
to the calling. I later joined University of Rwanda where I earned a
Bachelor degree of Science with Education in 2005 and got hired as a
science teacher for 2 yrs but later moved into different jobs with local
NGOs & International NGOs in different capacities. I got privileged
to serve communities both at grass root levels and senior levels and I
have a varied experience in conceiving and implementing rural
development projects targeting the poorest and the most vulnerable
groups, involving local churches and Faith Based Organizations. This
experience is blended with administrative skills. As for Evelyne,
she is a Burundian native, born and raised in Burundi, in a family of 4
children and acquired Rwandan nationality by marriage. She got orphaned
soon after her father - a Burundian military Colonel died early 2000, as
a result of Burundian civil wars. She got saved in high school in her
teenage, and preached both at school & neighborhood to bring many
souls to the Lord. She later graduated as a social worker from Hope
Africa University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Parallel to her
University studies, Evelyne had a life calling as full time minister and
served as a Sunday school teacher in her local church (Eglise Vivante
de Jabe-Bujumbura), passionate at discipling teens and developing their
talents during holiday youth camps. She further worked as a school
administrator 2012 soon after her YWAM DTS and this developed her
administrative skills. As of recent, she has been running her own
clothing shop in Kigali. Our call to Ashes To Worship came at a time
when God had prepared us in a way that we had no objection to go for
Him. After God closed some doors and stopped both of us from committing
our time in different jobs late 2015, he asked to pray and seek him for
further guidance. Indeed we started praying but we didn’t know what
would be the next. God asked us to surrender everything for Him, live
the rest of lives for Him and to depend on Him alone. We said yes Lord
in total obedience and in recognition to His existing call on our lives,
but we never knew the details of when, where, what, with who, and how.
God was pointing at the East but still we could not figure out what to
do for almost 06 months. All of a sudden the wise men (Peter & Diane)
from the east of Rwanda approached us with a message that they have
been praying for a faithful Rwandese couple to work with and that God
led them to talk to us if we might be willing to. We eventually realized
that God was speaking to us very clearly and in the right timing when
we were waiting for his further direction. Then we took some time pray
and explore every pros and cons of the proposed opportunity for ministry
and God confirmed it to us through a prophesy at our local church. God
further confirmed the move by providing us a free accommodation after a
time prayer and struggle as to where we will live for long term in the
community. This house came as a 2 yr rent free donation to us from a
local woman whom God asked to give her house free of rent to any
missionary that might need to use it for God’s purposes. Both of us
therefore are excited to join the existing team at ATW in east of Rwanda
(Nyagatare) and passionate about serving the poor and the vulnerable
young women and men. We have not only come to ATW with a testimony of
how true God can fulfill His promises but also with blend of skills that
will further the growth of the ministry. With experience in teaching
and implementing faith based development projects where we have
facilitated adult learning sessions, participated in discipleship
programs, held counselling sessions with vulnerable communities,
developed project reports, and handled administrative matters, our
potentials have been stretched to contribute a lot in ATW sewing school
and sponsorship program. Evelyne’s marketing skills gained during her
cloth selling business coupled with sewing skills as she’s currently
undergoing training with Diane, are also great assets to increase sales
of ATW products in store. Kindly pray with us for God’s grace to be on
us and be able to meet our on monthly living costs. If you would like to
support them please contact us. God bless you! Julius & Evelyne.
We pray that as you read this letter all is well with you and your family and friends.
The following is an update of what’s happening here in Rwanda.
The building we are presently renting has five rooms. In early December we opened one room to have as a store, to sell merchandise that we make in ‘Production’, and materials we buy in Kigali. These items are for use in the sewing class, production, and community. We found that it was a good decision. We have sold bags, elastic, material, needles, pins, scissors, thread, and other things. When the schools started in January, we had a lot of customers from the area buying uniform material to make children’s uniforms for school.
Also in December, we started ‘Production’. Diane had four graduates come, and start making items for sale in the store, and in a motel in Kigali. The work they do is put toward a sewing machine until it is paid for, and a bit more for them to be able to start their own little business, when they take their machines home. In about 3 months, they accomplished this, but before they left, the last month they were there, Diane brought in 4 more grads, and had the first four teach the new ones. The first four are now gone, and they have reported back with exciting news that they are so happy, and they have customers! This is our goal - to have them learn to sew, and get a machine, and to be able to earn a little for themselves, and their families. God is good!
When January hit, we had an increased interest in the new 2017 sewing class. It was slotted to start Feb. 13, 2017. We had over 70 people come to register for the class. We were only going to take 24 new students, but made the decision to increase to 32 students. This meant some changes in the rooms we were using. Our classroom is now full with 16 machines, used in two classes a day, and another room has two cutting tables, two irons, and two ironing boards in it. Theophile is doing a great job at teaching them the machine, and the beginnings of sewing. It is always exciting to see their enthusiasm in learning this skill. So far we have had no dropouts, which we love, but those on the waiting list don’t!!! At the beginning of each class, Peter teaches for a half hour from the Bible. Just this week, we had a student ask to receive Christ as her Lord and Saviour - how exciting! God is good!
Child sponsorship is another part of our ministry here. This year, we went from 8 to 19 sponsored children and counting. You can join in this too. At this point, it takes $20.00 a month per child or $400.00 a year to help a family of 4 children to attend school. The school fees differ from school to school, but the supplies (pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks - supplied 3 times a year for each term) are the same. We also buy the students “one-time yearly items” like backpacks, shoes, and uniforms. We purchase and deliver the items to the homes - getting a chance to meet the families involved, and visit each school to pay the school fees.
Peter continues to attend the “God’s Garden Church” in a near by town. Once a month, he has the privilege of teaching them more from God’s word. They would like him to come more often and he does when he gets the chance.
We had the privilege of having Kelvin and Arlene Schapansky (Diane’s sister) come for two weeks. They treated us royally with a little sight seeing and holiday and then helped out at the school and church conference and fixing things in our home. It is so nice to have hot water at the kitchen sink. The people here loved them and and we hope that they will return again, with friends, to the place they lost their hearts in! Thanks to Kelvin & Arlene who have been busy since their return to Canada with helping get sponsors for children’s education here.
We are looking forward to a couple coming to work along side us in April. They are from Kigali, and we know them from our time in YWAM Discipleship Training School we took in June - December 2011. Julius and Evelyne have three children, speak Kinyarwanda and English, and have other strengths that will be a benefit to the ministry. They will be raising their own personal support, just as we do. Please pray for them in that area. We are praising God for their interest and excitement in coming to help us.
We are so grateful to God for meeting the financial needs of the ministry, and our own. He has supplied the funds for us to be able to pay the teacher, the present intern translator, and rent of the sewing school, help grads get machines sewing in production (by sale of their made items), and have children attend school. Thank you for your continued interest in the ministry here. We are able to change lives through your help in this part of the world.
Pray with us that God will give us wisdom, clarity, and direction to move forward to what he wants for the ministry here. We have been praying about purchasing property for the ministry and building according to the needs of the ministry. We are seeking God’s leading in this, please pray with us.
Thank you for being involved and being a part of the team here.
May God bless you as you continue to bless others,
For Peter and Diane’s personal support: For Ashes To Worship Ministry support: Code is: SP05 Code is: YA27
Send support to: (write cheque out to YWAM Vancouver, and on separate paper write the designation for the money or use contact info below for more info) YWAM Vancouver Project Funding Office PO Box 57100 RPO East Hastings Vancouver, BC V5K 5G6 firstname.lastname@example.org 604.436.4433
Just watched the show 'It's A Wonderful Life'. I know, it's a Christmas show, but I never had a chance to watch it earlier, so being that there is a holiday here today I thought I'd take the time. The holiday you ask (or didn't) is Hero's Day in Rwanda, so no school. It was nice to have a day break, as we have been very busy with registering new students for the class that starts Feb. 13, 2017. We've had over 50 people come to inquire about the sewing school, and we have changed our minds on accepting only 24 students to accepting 30! (and updated now Feb. 4th - we have accepted 32 students!)Yikes - big step as we had to make room for more machines in the classroom and move the big cutting table to another room, and move Production over to another room. All's good though and everyone is working hard to get ready, and pay school fees. It's very exciting, so having a day break is good.
I was looking through my pictures and realized that I hadn't posted for some time.
Being we have slow internet I have decided against showing the pictures. grrrr! Pictures below.
I got 'hives' on the 22nd of December - which have decided to last the full recommended 6 weeks. Update - ate some more pork (which we figured was the cause the first time and I now have more hives! Definitely the pork!!!)
We fixed the shower base in the bathroom in our house, during our Christmas 'break'. Made it a cement floor with broken tiles and drain. Looks really good and even works!
Our papaya trees are producing even in this dry season. We will have a lot in time. We enjoyed a bunch of yellow bananas from our garden.
I made curtains for the kitchen, nice medium yellow, now we have full privacy on all the windows.
The door in the gate at the sewing school was short, and we had to bend whenever we entered. The gate was taken off and 4 guys "walked" it down to the welder to fix. It was a struggle to get back on the hinges but they were successful, and now we still duck when we enter - I guess we'll get over the amount of times we hit our heads and realize we don't have to duck anymore. It's a nice improvement.
A few trees were cut down that were too close to the outside of our property fence. We have a chair go missing. Gave the firewood to a needy family.
A bird build a nest in our passion fruit vines and laid 3 eggs. They are hatched and they now fill the nest. I'm sure it won't be long and they will fly away.
Theo has been busy with making school uniforms for the sponsored children. He loves to sew and has the time right now to do that before the classes start in February.
I've been busy with 4 grads in Production. We've made aprons, shoulder bags, small bags, pencil cases, makeup bags, cash wallets and jewellery pouches, and plans for other items. We have a display in our store we opened in December. We've been busy with selling uniform fabric and other supplies since the children started school on January 23 too.
We were able to register 15 sponsored children this year with the funds that have come in. It is exciting to see the faces of those that can go to school and learn. Parents are more than thankful for those of you who have donated money for this cause. We are so thankful too, and it is a joy to be serving the people here who so need the help in this way. I wish you all could have seen the face of the one boy who came to pick up his uniform. After he put it on and it fit so well, he was just beaming and was so thankful for it. To put a smile on someone's face is so rewarding.
Well sorry about the pictures. Some I've put on FB so you can see them there. Maybe I'll add them later.
Looking forward to a busy, but fun February.
God has been good and we enjoy serving him here.
Shower stall before
One Advanced Class student - shirt and pants
Bird nest in Passion Fruit - the following day a hawk came and at the babies who had filled the nest.