Posted by: thekingfamilyinRwanda | September 16, 2013

Sept 16, 2013

September 16th, 2013, the Week in Review

Last week’s review got positive feedback,so, I’d thought I’d try to keep the ball rolling…

On Monday last week, Caleb was interviewed by the BBC, about the hydroproject. They were a very pleasant crew, up from Johannesburg. We had them all for lunch and they seemed to appreciate being in our home. I’ll let everybody know when it will be aired!

Caleb being interviewed by the BBC crew

Caleb being interviewed by the BBC crew

I enjoyed taking care of some old ladies at the hospital. Here’s one with a crown of glory!

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31

My favorite “old lady” in the world is my grandmother, Sara Williamson, who just passed 101! She apparently isn’t doing well, so I have been thinking a lot about what a lovely and gracious lady she was, and have been missing her.

Speaking of missing-am missing my RVA kids-sigh! This time last year we were at RVA, so I know better what we are missing. Sara, Hannah and Caleb Jr seem to be surviving without us, though, even thriving, I have to say, though school life is never without its hiccoughs!

As many of you know, Rwanda is called the Land of a Thousand Hills. A friend of mine once dubbed it, The Land of a Thousand Unexpected Visitors! Here was a welcome visitor: Faustin, a 14 year old boy, whom we treated for Hodgkins’ Disease a couple of years ago with chemotherapy. He has done well-here he is with his grandmother in the background(he is an orphan). We are thankful that we had the means to treat him.

Faustin, a lymphoma survivor

Faustin, a lymphoma survivor

We had a special time in Kigali, saying good bye to our friends Cal and Mimi Wilson. I have a special category of people in my life: the ones I can say, “There’s no one like…”, which is mostly reserved for family members. Well, there is no one like Cal or Mimi. Cal is one of the deans of family medicine in the developing world, a strong Christian, and a great doctor and teacher, who was my supervisor for 2 years. Mimi is hospitality incarnate; she was an Missionary Kid herself, and is best known for her book that was published by Focus on the Family about Once a Month Cooking. They are both inspirational people and will be sorely missed by many people in Rwanda. A sad part of missionary life is saying good bye!

Though after a good bye, a “hello” is usually just around the corner.  Our latest hello is to Jesse Thornburg, a recent MIT grad whose father was in Caleb’s med school class! He is an engineer and will be working with Caleb on the hydro electric project. He has only been here a few days, but he has already fixed a car window that wouldn’t roll up, set up an American hose on a Rwandan faucet, and analyzed our pressure cooker overheating!

English service is early on Sundays-7 30 a.m. We had a couple of kids show up before the servie at our house, including a boy from the neighborhood whom Moses invited. According to Moses, the boy is poor and is an orphan. His name is “Umukara” which means “black person,” interestingly. It was his second week-hope he keeps coming. I’m proud of Moses for inviting him.

Moses and a couple of visitors before church

Moses and a couple of visitors before church

On Sunday, I went a little “high tech” at Sunday School and showed the Prince of Egypt, as the kids had just finished a long section on Moses. I love that movie and am grateful to Steven Spielberg for dramatizing the story of Moses in such an effective way. By the way, one of my dreams is to renovate the Sunday School room!

Sunday School

Sunday School

We also enjoyed seeing Nkurunziza, an orphan we have known for 10 years, read the lesson at the English service.

Nkurunziza reading the Scripture at church

Nkurunziza reading the Scripture at church

This week starts off with elections for Parliament, so today will likely be a bit slow. It brings to mind one of Caleb’s favorite Bible verses, “ The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” Proverbs 21:1. Amen!

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  1. Thank you for your blog, ask your uncle to give big Sara my love! my mother is 100 as of last January with full time help in her home. Sara and I have 100 year old mothers, and my mother smoked for 40 years.
    I would love to know when Caleb is on BBC .
    Might I ask Juliana Cusack (graduated this June from st andrews) to get in touch with you? I do not know how long she is scheduled to be in Rwanda , will call her mother if you give me an OK much love, Lucinda
    . Love to all, Hannah is taller than Sara !

    • Thanks for the encouragement. Would love to hear from Juliana Cusack. Go, GREAT grandmothers!

  2. Loved this newsletter – best one yet. Filled with the good work that the Lord is doing through you all. William

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  3. Thank you for these frequent updates. I hope the files are being kept as a journal of such an interesting family life.

  4. So good to hear of all the positive work. God is certainly reigning in your part of the world.

  5. Hi Louise,
    We loved your update! I have been thinking about your grandmother. Happy birthday to a wonderful lady!!! James enjoyed hearing about Moses. Please tell him “hello” from James. WE send love, prayers, and hugs! Love,
    Gigi

  6. Wowee!!! Another terrific newsletter. Almost (not quite!) as good as being there with you. Thanks so much for all these items for praise and thanksgiving! We are SO proud of you all, and thank God for your faithfulness.


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