Good Man John


One of our long time workers here at Shyira (and there aren’t many-there were only 25 workers when we came) is Munyaneza John, or “Good person” John. 

 John is unusual because he is good at so many different things.  He can pull teeth, fix kerosene refrigerators (key for the preservation of vaccines), work in the lab, and he is the best nurse at putting in IV’s in young children.  He only finished primary school, and started working at the hospital in ’77.  Someone took an interest in him and sent him away for extra laboratory training. He told me that during the genocide in’94 he and the doctor locked all the maternity patients in their rooms and hid the keys so that the Interahamwe could not get to them.  

Last year, we lent him some money to buy a field and recently his wife urged him to be less frugal with his money. He replied that they needed to save up their money to pay us back the loan.  She promptly gave him a bloody nose.  Without complaining, he just went to the hospital and received some medical care.  Sure enough, he did pay us back the money.  We were happy for John this past year when he passed his high school equivalency test and is now receiving the same pay as other high school graduates. His 4 year old son is Caleb’s godson, and he attends the nursery school/kindergarten with Lydia.

Here’s another good man: Nzabanita Augustin.  Augustin is one of the hospital drivers and he is a faithful church goer and even preaches occasionally .  We recently discovered that our other three drivers had been stealing fuel from us-over the course of the year, while Augustin resisted the temptation.  It was a disappointing discovery but it does make us appreciate Augustin and that it seems that his Christian faith did make a difference in his life (and ours, too!)

Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

Or stand in the way of sinners

Or sit in the seat of mockers

But his delight is in the law of the Lord

And on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water…

Whatever he does prospers.-Psalm 1:1-3

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