April 14, 2012
Rwanda genocide memorial week ended yesterday. The week marks the genocide in 1994 of at least 800,000 Tutsi (and also some moderate Hutus) over approximately 100 days. The genocide was finally ended when the Paul Kagame-led RPA forces came in from Uganda and took Kigali, on July 4th 1994. Although it’s been 18 years since the genocide, there is still a sense of overwhelming sadness and shame about the genocide. Please pray for continued healing on both sides and that the next generation will grow up with a new sense of “we are all Rwandans
It can be a bit awkward to have Easter fall at the same time as genocide memorial week-a time of celebration, with a time of mourning. But what would be a better way to remember that we have a Savior who suffered for us, and paid the price for our sins-for each and every one of us and for each and every Rwandan! .” The type of forgiveness that is needed here is only found through the Cross, where we can lay down our burdens, knowing that Jesus has born all our iniquities, and that He asks us to forgive each other, as He has forgiven us.
On a lighter note, it’s been great to have the children (Sara, Hannah, Caleb Jr) home from RVA to join Lydia and Moses, our Rwandan foster child. They seem to be thriving at school, but
it’s nice that they seem to appreciate being home :).
Caleb has biked out early to they hydro electric site this morning. We are thankful for the progress that has been made there and for the help of our friends Chad and Dad.
Items for prayer:
Healing in Rwanda, and that the church would be instrumental in that process.
Management of the hydro electric project and for honesty in all business dealings. Also for the General Assembly Meeting that will take place on the 18th of April.
For the kids’ last week here :(.
I think we have worked things out for Lydia’s home schooling once my cousin Sara leaves, but please pray that everything goes smoothly.
For plans for summer visitors, coming from the US
For our English Bible Study-we are studying Acts. Pray that it will be fruitful discipleship and mentoring.
For the many students we support here, mostly in secondary school-that we will mentor them spiritually as well as supporting them in school. They will be returning soon to school, for the second trimester.
Thank you to all who support us and make our ministry possible here.