As I wrote in my newsletter last week, this is the end of the school year in Rwanda. For many, it’s a time of great celebration. For others-it’s a difficult time of transition. Many of the students we help support come from difficult family situations-either they are orphans or else they come from very poor families where they don’t have enough to eat or the parents are abusive. For them, school is a safe haven and the vacations are times of uncertainty. One boy went home, only to find that no one was there, so he returned back to our house and eventually found another place to live. Another boy is deaf (he is sponsored by another family) and attends the School for Deaf Children in Ruhengeri. He can’t speak, but he has learned to write in broken English. After he returned to his home in Shyira, he came back to us and wrote this: “Shyira mother hate me; prayer hungry sad.” We help sponsor a house here in Ruhengeri for 7 orphan boys. We considered disbanding the house for the holidays, as some of the boys have some extended family, but the consensus was that there was not sufficient enough place for them in their extended families. We sent them away for a week to visit relatives, with money for food, but most of them didn’t even make it a week before they returned. We pray for these children especially that they may know our heavenly Father in a very real way and call him “Abba, Father.”
On a brighter note, I went to Rift Valley Academy this week and enjoyed catching up with Sara, Hannah and Caleb Jr. Sara sent off her first college application :), I got to watch Caleb Jr play soccer and Hannah play the flute and worship with Sara on “Senior Sunday.” Here are some pictures:
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Caleb was hosting many visitors-gave a sermon on Sunday and fed 20 people for brunch on Sunday and then picked me up at 9:45 pm from the airport. Apparently they had some fun too:
Last, but not least-we had some special visitors last week: Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker!
May God keep you safe this week; may all of our work be glorifying to God.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 16