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
Apollo, a young Rwandan man who is helping us.
We have had a lot of rain recently and in the countryside, there has been a lot of flooding, causing
loss of homes, and lives. The rain seems to be tapering off. Please pray for the families that will be trying to rebuild their homes.
Our relatively “big news” is that in the fall, Caleb and I will be serving at Rift Valley Academy, as dorm parents, for one trimester. We always had a dream that we could work at RVA, and be there as a family before our oldest daughter Sara graduates in 2014. We received this opportunity and we are grateful that we can go and serve at this incredible school for missionary children that has made it possible for us to serve overseas! Lydia is aloso looking forward to going to a “real” school with her sibs. Please pray for the logistics of arranging this move. We will return to Rwanda in January.
We were recently encouraged by the visit of a strong Christian woman from Shyira; she came to give us special Bible verses that the Lord had laid upon her heart for us. Interestingly, one of the passages, Isaiah 41: 8-14 was one that several people also gave us last year, when we left Shyira. Here is part of it, verse 10:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strenghen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Thank you for the prayers and support that make it possible for us to serve our Lord in Rwanda.
In the name of our upholding, strengthening, and righteous Saviour,
Caleb & Louise King
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Little Rock, AR 72207,
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