September 16th, 2013, the Week in Review
Last week’s review got positive feedback,so, I’d thought I’d try to keep the ball rolling…
On Monday last week, Caleb was interviewed by the BBC, about the hydroproject. They were a very pleasant crew, up from Johannesburg. We had them all for lunch and they seemed to appreciate being in our home. I’ll let everybody know when it will be aired!
I enjoyed taking care of some old ladies at the hospital. Here’s one with a crown of glory!
My favorite “old lady” in the world is my grandmother, Sara Williamson, who just passed 101! She apparently isn’t doing well, so I have been thinking a lot about what a lovely and gracious lady she was, and have been missing her.
Speaking of missing-am missing my RVA kids-sigh! This time last year we were at RVA, so I know better what we are missing. Sara, Hannah and Caleb Jr seem to be surviving without us, though, even thriving, I have to say, though school life is never without its hiccoughs!
As many of you know, Rwanda is called the Land of a Thousand Hills. A friend of mine once dubbed it, The Land of a Thousand Unexpected Visitors! Here was a welcome visitor: Faustin, a 14 year old boy, whom we treated for Hodgkins’ Disease a couple of years ago with chemotherapy. He has done well-here he is with his grandmother in the background(he is an orphan). We are thankful that we had the means to treat him.
We had a special time in Kigali, saying good bye to our friends Cal and Mimi Wilson. I have a special category of people in my life: the ones I can say, “There’s no one like…”, which is mostly reserved for family members. Well, there is no one like Cal or Mimi. Cal is one of the deans of family medicine in the developing world, a strong Christian, and a great doctor and teacher, who was my supervisor for 2 years. Mimi is hospitality incarnate; she was an Missionary Kid herself, and is best known for her book that was published by Focus on the Family about Once a Month Cooking. They are both inspirational people and will be sorely missed by many people in Rwanda. A sad part of missionary life is saying good bye!
Though after a good bye, a “hello” is usually just around the corner. Our latest hello is to Jesse Thornburg, a recent MIT grad whose father was in Caleb’s med school class! He is an engineer and will be working with Caleb on the hydro electric project. He has only been here a few days, but he has already fixed a car window that wouldn’t roll up, set up an American hose on a Rwandan faucet, and analyzed our pressure cooker overheating!
English service is early on Sundays-7 30 a.m. We had a couple of kids show up before the servie at our house, including a boy from the neighborhood whom Moses invited. According to Moses, the boy is poor and is an orphan. His name is “Umukara” which means “black person,” interestingly. It was his second week-hope he keeps coming. I’m proud of Moses for inviting him.
On Sunday, I went a little “high tech” at Sunday School and showed the Prince of Egypt, as the kids had just finished a long section on Moses. I love that movie and am grateful to Steven Spielberg for dramatizing the story of Moses in such an effective way. By the way, one of my dreams is to renovate the Sunday School room!
We also enjoyed seeing Nkurunziza, an orphan we have known for 10 years, read the lesson at the English service.
This week starts off with elections for Parliament, so today will likely be a bit slow. It brings to mind one of Caleb’s favorite Bible verses, “ The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” Proverbs 21:1. Amen!