Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while! It’s been a busy few months, especially we were busy moving from Shyira, to nearby Ruhengeri. We were very thankful for our 8 years in Shyira. Thanks be to God, we were given the means to make many improvements at Shyira-the hospital was upgraded to a District Hospital; we increased the workforce at the hospital 10 fold (15 to 150 workers); we went from being the only doctors here to being two of ten doctors; we saw the hospital expand its services to include comprehensive HIV care, cardiac care and even, on occasion, chemotherapy for cancer. During our time here we oversaw the construction of four new staff houses, a maternity building, an HIV building, a new operating room, and were able to renovate the nursing dorms, seven residential homes, the pediatrics ward, the internal medicine ward, and the administrative building. Outside the hospital, we helped found a technical school and a kindergarten, and also helped build or renovate 17 houses for HIV positive patients. In the church, Caleb was the main preacher at the English Service and he had a flourishing boy’s Bible Study; I was a member of the Mothers’ Union and had a small but fervent Womens’ Bible study at the hospital. We are godparents to countless men, women and children. We had a good relationship with our pastor and our fellow missionaries, the Kohls and the Schumanns. God blessed us in many ways.
For now, the season of our work at Shyira has come to a close. We will continue so sponsor many children there and stay in touch with our friends, but we are moving to Ruhengeri, a provincial capital (read: mid sized town, paved roads, electricity J, large hospital). Caleb will do some Pediatric teaching and discipleship of health professionals—the staff at Ruhengeri is about three times the size of Shyira—but will mostly be working on the development of hydro electric power in this area, with plans in the next 2 years to develop 12 MW—about 20% of Rwanda’s current power production, and possibly more thereafter. I (Louise), too, look forward to mentoring and teaching young physicians at Ruhengeri, and may be involved in Family Medicine training and continuing professional development, especially with regard to non-communicable diseases (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, cancer.) We look forward to exploring ministry opportunities with Bishop Laurent Mbanda of Ruhengeri.
Thanks to all of you who helped make our work at Shyira possible. We will continue to receive support via Bridge2Rwanda (see below), especially as we deal with the expenses of moving, finding a new house, buying a new car, etc.
As we move on to new venues, we cling to this verse: “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28
With love and gratitude,
Louise (and Caleb)
For correspondence, still
Caleb & Louise King
PO Box 56
Ruhengeri, Musanze District,
1818 N. Taylor
Little Rock, AR 72207, or online at www.bridge2rwanda.org/get-involved/borrowed-talent