Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 04:42 Written by Faustin
This is the Rwandan greeting. “Muraho” means “Are you alive?” “Do you have life?” Yego “Yes, I do.” In the Rwandan worldview, life is always in relationship – with God, self and others. Salome and I still have life and abundant life in relation to Christ the Life and life-Giver, and in relation to our fellow brethren in Christ. So, as you read this blog, please receive our greetings from Rwanda in the name of the life-Giver!
We are honored to be in the land of Thousand Hills (Rwanda) with our dear friends who have come from the States and Greece to join us in ministry. Pastor Shawn Sullivan, the Missions Pastor at Cross Bridge Community Church, San Antonio and Matthew Owen from the same church, have been coming to Byumba, Rwanda for the last three years. This year they are accompanied by Shawn’s friend from Greece, Emmanuel Ntamparakis (sounds like a Rwandan name!) for a Training of Trainers’ conference that has brought together 40 selected leaders from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Congo. The conference is an advanced course on Leadership and Church Development. These are leaders who will help us train others in their respective regions.
Also, we are with Kaitlyn Sylvain, a former student at Biola University. Kaitlyn is coming to do her internship with TLAfrica, Inc. She will visit Rwanda and Kenya.
When Shawn arrived on Saturday, he asked me whether I have had any surprises since I have returned to Africa. Yes, I have.
On Friday Salome and Kaitlyn traveled for several hours in a bus to visit women in Rubavu, Gisenyi, at the boarder of Rwanda and Congo. I decided to accompany them. We had a wonderful meeting with two groups of women. One group of thirty women has taken the initiative of making handcrafted items. We were impressed with their project, but at the same time we were sad that we could not help them financially because they needed some machines and other materials. In our limitation, we prayed with them and said, “The Lord sees your need.” The next morning (Saturday), I went to check my e-mail and found an email from Ivan Chung that a church in Riverside, CA sent funds to help thirty widows and needy women (the exact number of the Rubavu women in the group!). Salome and I could not wait but thank God in the internet café! The ministry is the Lord’s and he will provide for the needs of his people at the right time and for his own glory.
As a family, please pray for us as we continue to go through transitions. Until now we have been hosted by our daughter. We plan to move into the university house this week.
Amahoro – Shalom!