King Family Update, May 26,2012

Ruhengeri, Rwanda

King Family Update May 26, 2012

            It is Pentecost Eve here in Ruhengeri.  Caleb will preach tomorrow at the English service at the Cathedral.  Right now he is out at the hydro site with Lydia and Moses, and will finish preparing his sermon when he returns.

One sad part of missionary life is the departure of other missionaries, when they return to Europe, US or wherever their home is.  This week we were sad to say good bye to my cousin, Sara Smith, who lived with us for almost 9 months.  She became an important part of our family, and was especially helpful with home schooling Lydia.  We are glad that we can see her when we go home next.

We were also sad to say good bye to the Schumann family, who served with us in Shyira for 3 years.  They were faithful in their work and in their friendship and we, and many in Shyira, will miss them, as they have returned to Germany.

On a brighter note, Heike, the mother in a newly arrived German missionary family, and I have started English Service Sunday School with the help of Pastor Agnes and others at the Cathedral and it is going well.  It is pretty low-tech: no snacks, few if any crafts, just singing, prayer, a Bible story, and memorizing Bible verses.  However, the children enjoy it and it seems like more children are coming to the service-Praise the Lord! We are especially thankful for

Sunday School

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King Family Newsletter, June 2010

King Family Spring Newsletter, June 2010

Greetings from Shyira Hill and the King Family.  We are doing well.  Here are some news updates:

At the hospital: We have started work on the new operating room—praise the Lord! You can see it in evolution at www.thekingsatshyira.wordpress.org.  I was happy to “graduate” my first lymphoma patient after 6 rounds of chemotherapy.  He is doing very well.  We also had another heart patient operated on, Felicity.  Felicity spent three months in our hospital awaiting surgery, as her condition was too tenuous to go home.  We are thankful for donations that made it possible for her to stay for free in our hospital, and facilitated her heart surgery. 

 She, and our other heart patients, meet monthly for education and follow  up.  We are also happy to welcome our new hospital administrator, Evariste, who has an interesting life story; it could fill up a whole newsletter!  Among his achievements is having recovered four different times from four different bullets received during the war/genocide of 1994.  Please pray for his continued adjustment to life at Shyira, and also for that of our new doctors.  I, Louise, am enjoying a new Women’s Bible Study, held on Wednesdays after work, at the hospital.

The hydroelectric project: Caleb continues to make some progress in developing some hydroelectric power.  We have had discouraging outcomes to date in legal process here, in the fight against the corrupt former director, but with appeals in order which could promise to bring a good final outcome. Please pray that “justice [will] roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream.”(Amos 5:24),  In the meantime, Caleb is making some real progress in moving the project ahead and hopes to start construction next week.

On the family front: We enjoyed having Sara and Hannah home for Easter break.  Caleb visited them recently and got to see Hannah in a play and Sara at her piano recital.  Caleb Jr and Lydia thrived under the tutelage of Emily Franklin early this spring, and now it’s back to boring ol’ Mom, with the appreciated help of a young Rwandan.  Lydia was pleased to enter the echelons of flower girl in February.  “Everyone said I Iooked like the bride,” she wrote in her home school essay. 

We have enjoyed having some visitors from Shyira’s past with us: Chris Hindley and Pat and Jeffrey Newth.  Pat and Chris are the children of Dr. and Mrs. Godfrey Hindley who served in Rwanda for over 30.  When we first came to Shyira, a few of the elderly people here said that Caleb reminded them of “Hindley.”  We also had a visit from Anna and Wolfgang Niederberger, who served here from ’77-’81.  We appreciated their stories of her doing Caesarean sections by candlelight and without gloves!  They were also very encouraged by the progress they saw in the country, in general, and at Shyira specifically.

We are happy that the Living Hope Ministries Center is progressing nicely—outreach to orphans, widows and others with social problems and a center for training as well.  We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the Schumann family.  As he has a brief hiatus now in the construction of the lodging for the training facility, Thomas has been helping with some renovation projects at the hospital.  The women’s ward renovations should be complete in another week!

Here is a picture of the 2 families, with Moses, too.

We will be coming to the US in the late summer, for just a brief 6 week visit, as Sara and Hannah will need to go back to school.  We hope to see many of you—if we are not in your area, please feel free to come visit us!

 With Thanksgiving for all that God has done for us, and for the people in Shyira,

Louise and Caleb King

Mail and packages to Rwanda:

 Shyira Hospital

P.O. Box 56

Ruhengeri,

Musanze District

RWANDA

Email :

calebkking@yahoo.com

louiserking@yahoo.com

Facebook Page: “Shyira”

Blog:

www.thekingsatshyira.wordpress.org

In the U.S.:

1800 South Charleston Rd

Darlington, SC 29532

843-393-2597

Donations:

DOCS (earmarked Kings/Rwanda)

P.O. Box 24597

St. Simon’s Island, GA 31522

www.docs.org

(Call Caroline 912-634-0065 with questions)

June Newsletter

 “Praise the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1

We have seen some changes in the last month at Shyira Hospital:We were all sad to see the Kohls family go—they left May 28th. It had been a great three years together, and now we are back as the solo missionary family, at least until August when the Schumann family arrives.  We have some great short termers, including two Morehead Scholars from UNC and Jane Bond, who is here at Shyira for her 5th time!

Kohls

 When we heard that Matthias Kohls would be leaving, we began praying for a new surgeon.  We prayed and we waited and we prayed and we waitedThierryand we asked others to pray too.  Less than a month before Matthias left a friend of ours, a Congolese surgeon at a nearby hospital, called to say that he’d like to visit us.  He brought along with him his older brother, Thierry, who had two years of training at a US funded orthopedic hospital in Malawi.  It turned out that I had met him at a meeting three years ago and had been favorably impressed even then.  He has since joined our team and is a fine addition.  Please pray that he will enjoy his work here.  Also, he would like to get married soon, so you can pray that he will find a wife who will support him in his ministry, as many would rather be in a city than out here in this isolated rural location.

 We finally have an X-ray machine—a wonderful addition.  I’m still astonished when I order an X-ray and get it back on the same day!  It has really improved the services that we can offer our patients.  We don’t have the best space for it, but it’s working for now and we hope in the future to build a new addition for it.

Caleb also got together the last financing for the hydro-electric project so it could continue on to the next phase.  Next week (June 24th), the former corrupt director of the hydroelectric project will be on trial for his crimes.  Please pray that the trial will be just.

Last week Caleb asked the boys in his Bible study how their faith had changed their lives.  One boy nicknamed “Fils” said that he obeyed his mother more (a big help to her, as she is a widow) and another boy Siaka, an orphan recently supported in school by friends of ours in Chatham, NJ, said that until this year he considered himself a Muslim.  We were a bit surprised, and so thankful for his new faith.

We give thanks to those of you who join in praying for our ministry here and who have made it possible for us to be here.

 Blessings,

Louise

 

 For correspondence:

Shyira Hospital

PO Box 56

Ruhengeri,

Musanze District

RWANDA

calebkking@yahoo.com

louiserking@yahoo.com

Blog:www.thekingsatshyira.wordpress.com

 

Our mobile phones:

+250 78830 7417 (Caleb)

+250 78883 6095 (Louise)

(We pay nothing to receive calls)

 In the U.S.:

1800 S Charleston Rd

Darlington, SC 29532

843-393-2597

For donations:

Please make gifts payable to DOCS (earmarked Kings/Rwanda)

PO Box 24597

St. Simon’s Island, GA 31522

(Call Caroline with questions 912-634-0065)

Or for online giving: www.docs.org

King Family Newsletter, Fall 2008

Greetings from Shyira, Rwanda.  We are all doing well.  We had an excellent summer, filled with visits from family and friends, old and new.  We had several short term visitors from St. Andrew’s Mt. Pleasant: the DuPre family helped us out in several ways, including giving a vacation Bible school for a group of Pygmy children and surveying sites for Hospital construction.  Marilyn and Grady Hendrix offered their medical expertise and Jane Bond selflessly served at the kindergarten. We hosted William McMaster, a medical student form SC, and, more importantly, a newly met cousin.  We enjoyed showing our “Houses of Hope” houses to the Ball family from New Jersey—Amy Ball was instrumental in the conception and fundraising for this program, that gives housing to HIV positive patients, and for the people who care for them.  We also appreciated our first (but hopefully not last) visitor from Duke University Medical School Michael Bestawros, who had just finished his medical residency, and helped me (Louise) in the internal medicine ward.  We also had 2 Morehead Scholars from UNC—Eva Archer and Emma Din—who helped at the kindergarten and the hospital.  We had our first Canadian medical students, Matt Chan and Esther Chin from McMaster University.  We also enjoyed a recent brief visit from another Canadian contingent, which included Sharon Ferris, who had helped raise funds for our kindergarten.

 

We especially enjoyed visits from my brother Tim Rambo and his family.  Caleb Jr. especially enjoyed having some boy cousins around.  They were also helpful in assessing our mental health needs at the hospital and our community and they arranged for a well received workshop in Healing from Trauma for the lay counselors who will be serving at our new Counseling Center.

 

At the hospital, we were sorry to see Dr. Théoneste leave.  He was picked to do a four year family medicine residency; he is a fine Christian and we miss him, though his (expectant) wife and son are still here at Shyira.  We have hired two new doctors—Dr. Joly and Dr. Marc—both from Goma, Congo.  Caleb is continuing to move ahead with the hydroelectric project.

  

Right now we are busy getting ready to leave, to go to the US, via Italy, where we’ll visit Caleb’s sister and her family who are there for a year. 

 

 

Here are some prayer requests:

 

 

v  For our new doctors, and for the old ones, too, that we will be good mentors for them and give them a good working environment.

v  Housing for our growing medical staff

v  For safe travels, and an enjoyable time in the US (we will be gone Oct 20-Jan3)

v  For the hydropower project, that it will continue to move forward, even in our absence

v  For Sara at Rift Valley Academy, Kenya—Sara had a little bit of a rough start this semester, as her carry-on suitcase was stolen at Nairobi airport on her way to school; it had in it, among other things, the school’s clarinet.  If you or anyone you know wants to donate a clarinet, let us know and we’d be glad to bring it back with us when we return in January.

v  For the Kohls family and other short termers—for strength for the extra load they will carry in our absence.

v  For the new CSI family arriving next year.  They are slated to help out at the counseling center.

v  With Matthias Kohls going in May ‘09, we would love to have another surgeon or Ob-Gyn join our staff.

 

If you want to contact us in the US-you can still use this email.  You can also check out our new blog–thekingsatshyira.wordpress.com.

If you got this email twice, or would like to be taken off our list, or had this email fwd’ed to you and you would like to be on our regular list, just send me an email.  

 

For correspondence:

Shyira Hospital

BP 56, Ruhengeri, Musanze District

RWANDA

calebkking@yahoo.com

louiserking@yahoo.com

 

In the U.S.:

1800 S Charleston Rd

Darlington, SC 29532

843-393-2597

 

For donations:

DOCS (earmarked Kings/Shyira)

PO Box 24597

St. Simon’s Island, GA 31522

(Call Caroline 912-634-0065 with questions)


 

Blessings,

Louise and Caleb King

King Family Newsletter, Spring 2008

King Family Newsletter, Spring into Summer 2008

Greetings from Shyira, Rwanda.  “April showers” are not a trivial thing here in the rainy season.  Our road, never good, goes from bad to worse during this time.  Here’s our ambulance, coming down the hill.  We are thankful for our God, who “will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber. (Ps 121: 3)” Here are some updates on our family and our mission here at Shyira Hospital:

In January and February, we were keeping a close eye on the situation in Kenya, as Sara is now a boarding student at Rift Valley Academy, an hour north of Nairobi.  Thank you for your prayers; we are thankful that the situation there has calmed down.  We pray it will stay that way.

We have a new pastor: Pastor Samuel, who comes to us from Kibuye, though he is originally from this area.  He is replacing Pastor Emmanuel, who had been here ever since we came—we do miss him, though he is not far in nearby Ruhengeri.

Caleb continues to be busy with the hydroelectric project and has started a project called “PEACE Power & Light,” modeled on Saddleback Church’s PEACE plan, aimed at bringing electricity to rural areas in Rwanda, and to use the profits to help schools, churches, and hospitals.

We continue to build houses with the Houses with Hope project—here’s Odette, a widow with HIV/AIDS who will be receiving a house.

Our dairy goats continue to produce faithfully: here’s one of our “graduates”- a little girl whose mother died soon after childbirth-she’s now 1 ½ years old and doing very well.

Our HIV program continues to develop, with an emphasis on preventing mother to child transmission and also treating HIV positive children and eligible adults.

Caleb has started a Bible study, faithfully attended by about 12 boys, with occasional girls visiting.  More than half are orphans and all have had hard lives.  But they are very good at learning Bible verses, with many memorizing over a dozen verses a week.

Please pray for new initiatives at the hospital to make all services more efficient and of higher quality.  We are embarking on the government-sponsored performance-based financing scheme, in which teams of peer evaluators encourage one another at different hospitals throughout the country to have 1) better medical records, 2) improved documentation, 3) improved reception of patients, 4) more consistent care, 5) treatment following protocols or based on referenced medical evidence.  We are all in favor, but it’s hard to implement, as you can imagine.  Big financial incentives are attached to improved performance, so maybe we’ll get the whole staff motivated…

We have some new young doctors, Rogers and Edwin.  Please pray for their development both professionally and spiritually.

Please also keep praying for all our children.  Thankfully, we’ve all been well this year and accidents have been repaired with a little “dermabond”—a modern substitute for stitches.  We are making plans for a trip home in the Thanksgiving to Christmas period this year.  Please pray for those preparations.

 


For correspondence:

Shyira Hospital

BP 56, Ruhengeri, Musanze District

RWANDA

calebkking@yahoo.com

louiserking@yahoo.com

For donations:

DOCS (earmarked Kings/Shyira)

PO Box 24597

St. Simon’s Island, GA 31522

(Call Caroline 912-634-0065 with questions)

King Family Newsletter, Christmas 2007

Christmas 2007

Glory to God in the Highest,

And on earth peace to men

On whom his favor rests

Luke 2:14 

Your browser may not support display of this image.Merry Christmas from Shyira, Rwanda from all of us!  We usually think of Christmas as a celebration that is especially fun for children.  Our children are really looking forward to it: Sara, 12, is home from school at Rift Valley Academy, where she seems to be doing well; Hannah, 10, is busy knitting presents for her friends and family, when she doesn’t have her nose in a book; Caleb Jr got one of his Christmas presents early—a mini machete (at last count he still had 10 fingers and 10 toes); Lydia likes making Christmas cards for people (and stuffed animals) and can be heard singing Christmas carols in Kinyarwanda.

In the US, we often take for granted the value placed on children.  Here in Rwanda, their value is not always so high—many may be forced to work long hours, given little to eat, and educated only if their family can afford to release them from household and agricultural duties.  We realize how revolutionary Jesus’ words “Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these (Luke 18: 16)” must have seemed to his disciples. 

Your browser may not support display of this image.Here at Shyira we give thanks for the progress that has been made in demonstrating that Christ-like love for children—the efforts to raise money for a Sunday School building (the children currently sit outside), a grant from the ProVision Foundation to refurbish our children’s wards, help from friends in Canada for an improved school house for early child eductation, efforts in our HIV program to treat more HIV positive children, and the successful heart surgeries for 5 girls with otherwise terminal conditions.  At right, Muhayimana Apolline looks great after mitral valve repair by an Australian surgeon who came with the Hope Rwanda Project to a hospital in the capital.

On a more personal note, we continue to pray for the children who are frequent visitors at our house: Moses, the orphan who was found about 4 years ago abandoned in a latrine, Nkurunziza an HIV orphan who has done spectacularly well on anti-retroviral treatment and is now more than twice his weight before taking medicines and first in his class; Maniriho (which means “God is there”) a handicapped boy who is caught in the middle of divorced parents, both alcoholics, and neither of whom want to have responsibility for him; and, most recently, Nsengiyumva a 55 pound fifteen year old orphan who has diabetes and no one to care for him.  We pray that 2008 will be a blessed year for them.

We are thankful for the hydroelectric project which is now underway in the valley (email us for more information), the Houses for Hope Project with which we have now built five houses for HIV positive widows, as well as refurbished nursing housing, and a UNICEF grant for a new surgical center.  We are still waiting for permanent visas, but at least received our passports back with a visa until April.

Your browser may not support display of this image.We give thanks for the most important child: Jesus, who humbled himself over 2000 years ago to be born in a stable.  May he reign in your hearts this Christmas and forever.  
 
 
 

For correspondence:Shyira Hospital, BP 56, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, RWANDA

calebkking@yahoo.com, louiserking@yahoo.com

For donations: DOCS (earmarked Kings/Shyira), PO Box 24597, St. Simon’s Island, GA 31522

(Call Caroline 912-634-0065 with questions)