Shyira News October 12, 2009
Greetings from Shyira. We’ve had lots of comings and goings in the last few months in Shyira. We had quite a few short term visitors-including Jane Bond, who was here for her 5th year, and taught at the kindergarten; she also helped us set up our “Resource Room” in the Primary School where teachers can come and borrow books and use supplies that have been donated. We also enjoyed having 3 Morehead Scholars—they taught English, took vital signs at the hospital, ran a “science camp” for primary school, built a rabbit hutch, and gave computer lessons at the hospital, just to name a few of their activities. August brought the arrival of the Schumann Family, Thomas and Annette and their children Elisabeth, Marianne and Benjamin. Thomas has been working hard getting the counseling center started and has put into place two active support groups for orphans. We were also grateful to have our old friend, Gunther Link, a German surgeon, and his daughter Janina visit. Gunther did some of the most complicated surgeries ever done at Shyira and had a lot of good ideas for the surgical service. My uncle, Keith Williamson, and his son Charles came out in the end of August and Charles has stayed to homeschool Caleb, Jr, which is a most satisfactory arrangement. Thank you, Lord!
A lot of our time in the last few months has been focused on the hydropower electricity project. As many of you know, the former corrupt director is still awaiting judgment. In Rwanda, the judgment often comes quite a bit after the actual trial. In the meantime, this former director has been trying to create as much havoc as possible. We are thankful for God’s protection, which recently has come in the form of the local military who have been sleeping outside our compound at night. Please pray that the trial will be settled soon in a just fashion. At the hospital, we have been picking up more and more cancers—we’re not sure if we’re getting better at finding them or if the incidence is increasing. We are thankful that we have been able to treat some of them; please pray for people for whom there is no treatment, like Telosphore, a 60 year old man who, after a prolonged medical workup, was finally operated on and found to have inoperable stomach cancer. I was thankful that I was able to give a Bible to him recently, via his wife who came to visit us and thanked us with a gift of plantains.
A big change for us is that Hannah has joined Sara at Rift Valley Academy. We miss them both and please pray for Hannah especially that she will enjoy her new school. Caleb Jr, Lydia and Moses (an orphan who spends his days with us) all still keep us pretty busy at home, along with their new pets-guinea pigs and ducks. We continue to work with the Houses with Hope project, that has provides housing for HIV+ patients. We really appreciate the help of the Ball family with this project We enjoyed a time of refreshment at the annual Kumbya missionary conference, where one of the themes was “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). Another “be still”verse we also found helpful recently was “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus: 14:14).” As always, we are thankful for the prayers and donations of our supporters who enable us to serve here. Louise and Caleb King
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