Dear Family and Friends, April 2017
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,
Peter & Diane Salmond
PO Box 161, Nyagatare, Rwanda
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