Since arriving in Canada late in May 2018, we have moved our home location to Mayerthorpe, Alberta, where we have spent the majority of the summer and fall. Once settled and somewhat rested, Peter started setting up promotional meetings across the prairies. Diane primarily stayed close to home base, spending time working on a correspondence sewing class and visiting with family. Some of the highlights of our time include: installing a tin roof, various medical and dental appointments, Focus on the Family’s Kerith Retreats for married couples in ministry, getting to know our grandchildren, and visiting the sights in and around the north central region of Alberta.
Once we established our residency in Alberta, we were able to access the provincial health care plan and meet with doctors. While these appointments brought to light some medical concerns, most have been dealt with in a timely manner. Others are ongoing issues (yep, we’re getting old now), that will be monitored both here and in Rwanda to insure the best possible health for both of us.
With less than one month left before our trek back to Rwanda, we plan to spend the majority of that time with our children. We have spent a couple of weeks in Alabama with Kirk and Candace, where we celebrated USA Thanksgiving with them, as well as some special family events. Upon our return, we began packing our belongings for storage until we return to the area in a year or two. One of Diane’s greatest wishes in coming home this time was to spend Christmas with family; this year Christmas will be spent with Jason & LaDonna, and John & Jaz in Mayerthorpe, AB. It will be a houseful to say the least! Shortly after Christmas, we will fly to Ontario for a short visit with Jason & Becky, before getting on the plane back to Rwanda’s moderate temperatures on January 3rd, 2019.
Life in Rwanda
From the reports received throughout our time here in Canada, we are greatly encouraged that the sewing school and the sponsorship program have continued to operate as designed. The sewing school has run on schedule with graduation taking place on November 23rd. The new sewing school session will start again in February 2019, with registration starting by the time we return. Our staff will take the month of December off to spend with their families and prepare for the coming year. The public school system runs from January to October, so the children are currently on their “summer break”. The sponsorship fees for the children have been paid to date. The upcoming year’s fees need to be paid when the children start school so their supplies, uniforms and fees can be paid upon their return to school in January. If you currently sponsor a child, or are interested in doing so, please have your donations submitted before the end of December. (To confirm dollar amounts or for more information, please contact us by email.)
We look forward to settling back into our home in Africa, after being away since the end of May. There is much work to be done, and we are looking at changing our role from being directly involved with the ministry to serving as mentors to the staff who have done amazingly well in our absence. Other things we will be working on include our child sponsorship program, as well as researching and maintaining government requirements for the sewing school. As we continue to think and pray about this potential role change, we ask that you pray with us. We desire that the school continues on a path of self-sufficiency with the people of Ryabega holding positions of leadership and teaching. We are not getting any younger and our family continues to grow here in Canada. We will be successful in this endeavor when we work ourselves out of a job.
Thank you and Welcome
Welcome to all of our new supporters and subscribers! Many of you signed up for this newsletter while attending one of Peter’s promotional meetings. If you are new to the list, please check out the websites (listed below). You can sign up to receive updates from them as well. It just depends on how often you want to hear from us. The Ashes To Worship website remains under construction but there are a few things to see there and more will be added in the coming months. Grandma Johnny in Rwanda is Diane’s personal blog where she shares birthday greetings to immediate family and sewing school updates from time to time.
A big THANK YOU to those who sent special financial donations to us and to the ministry while we were in Canada. Your support is greatly appreciated; we are happy to say that we found a few new supporters. We haven’t yet attained our required level of monthly support; we are getting closer. If you are interested in supporting us on a monthly basis, or even just an occasional gift, please see the information at the bottom of this letter. If you have any questions, we would be happy to point you in the right direction.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year,
Peter & Diane Salmond
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The work here has gone very well. It has grown, and we are seeing the Lord working in many lives. We hired an assistant sewing teacher, Ange who graduated in 2017, and it is exciting to see her working faithfully every day as a part of our ministry. This helps with the load that Theo has been carrying, who also is faithful in coming and we really appreciate him. We are so grateful for the way this is working out. She has been able to earn a sewing machine this way, and plans to start a school with the teaching skills she is learning now. She saw how God provided for her during her school year and still sees God taking care of her now. Since our last letter we have had two students leave for various reasons. We are hoping that the remaining 30 will graduate in November.
Since our last letter in Feb., we have had several graduates working in Production finish earning their machines. Jeannette, Marceline, Angelique, Rosine, and Claudine join 28 others, since 2014, that have earned a machine to take home and start a business. We have shut down Production for the time we will be in Canada as we have no-one that we trained yet to take that position. We hope to find someone when we return in 2019 from the Graduating class of 2018.
Fellow ATW Workers
Julius and Evelyne have been with us since April 2017. They have been translating for us at the school and at other functions when we need them. They have three small children and so their involvement is part time. Below is Julius (center), as we help a Production graduate take their sewing machine home. A very Happy Day!
Evelyne, (pictured above far right), is translating for Anne (a nurse), who, along with us, has a desire for the local people to learn as much as they can about cleanliness and nutrition, etc., teach in our sewing school classroom. The health class is very much enjoyed by the students, that I’m sure they would listen to her for more than the two weeks we give her. Julius and Evelyne will be at the school teaching the discipleship classes and watching the store and do overall duties while we are in Canada. We are very grateful for their willingness to be there when we can’t be.
We have 35 sponsored children that attend 4 different schools in this area. Julius and Evelyne will be responsible that the supplies get to the families and take the third term fees to the schools. We have given them responsibilities that we usually do ourselves, or with them. Be in prayer for our team at ATW as we are in Canada.
Looking to the Future
As Diane and I prepare to come home to Canada, after being here in Rwanda these two years, we do so with mixed emotions. We are leaving a country and a people that we love dearly and coming home to family and friends who we love and have missed very much. So, we are pulled between two loves and find ourselves asking, “Where is our home?” However, these last two years have taken a toll on us physically, mentally and spiritually. We are very tired and looking forward to our 7 months in Canada as an opportunity to heal and be refreshed. Before we can rest, we must move our residency from Saskatchewan to Alberta. This will put us closer to two of our children and allow us to receive health care benefits in Rwanda that are not available through Saskatchewan Health. Due to the change in our province of residence, we are required to stay in Alberta for 6 months and a day. Once we are settled in Alberta, we plan to take June and July as a time of rest and refreshment for us. We are scheduling most of our meetings from the beginning of August through the end of November. Because of the residency requirements, our meetings will mostly be in Alberta. At this point, we only have a couple of meetings set. If you would like us to come to your church in Alberta, please let us know. For our churches in Saskatchewan, we may not be able to visit you in person this time. If that changes after we have spoken with Alberta Health officials, we will let you know. In the meantime, we may be able to arrange a video conference presentation as the time difference and internet quality will be less of a concern in Alberta than they have been in Rwanda. Let us know if that is a possibility for you. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. As we prepare, please pray for a special parting from special people here. Pray that we will stay physically healthy and safe on the long flight home. We look forward to a pleasant and encouraging re-entry into Canada and ask for grace as we re-integrate into our home culture. Pray for a spiritual and physical refreshing for us over the 7 months that we are home. Ask God for wisdom to pray for needs we cannot foresee and for a way you can be involved in furthering His kingdom. There is a growing need for a new generation of believers to assist in the work, to train in missions, and to help bring the good news of God’s love to the world. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless you, for the big part you have played in our lives and ministry.
Peter and Diane Salmond