I’m sorry I havesn’t written in a few week-it’s been a busy time. Many of you have asked if we have any news about our guard, John. Unfortunately we haven’t . He is still missing and we are still praying.
I’m on the plane as I write this taking Sara to college at Wheaton College, in Illinois. It’s the first time I’ve left the other children behind and it seems strange. We enjoyed very much the RVA graduation-it was a great celebration. It seems it was just yesterday that Sara was starting at RVA. She’s grown into a lovely young lady, and we’ll miss her a lot.
After graduation, we came back to Rwanda, did a quick turnaround and then headed off the next day to the Kumbya conference, a yearly conference for missionaries in Rwanda and the Great Lakes area. A speaker and Vacation Bible School team came from the Evangelical Friends church in the US and ministered to us all. It was great to have so many denominations together. Rwanda has always been known for unity among missionaries. We are few, and it’s great to see the camaraderie and unity in the missionary community. It was good to see old friends, and make new ones. We felt some regret at missing some old friends-those who have left the mission field for one reason or another. Caleb read lots to the children, I didn’t check email once, and Sara, Hannah and Caleb Jr and I made the swim to “Three Hump Island,” a mile and a half swim, in the cold waters of Kivu, followed by a delicious pancake breakfast. It was a good week of community, prayer, and relaxation.
Soon after we returned from Kumbya, Caleb had his birthday and then a few days later left for the US for the US-Africa summit in Washington, DC. He was invited to the Business Forum, as his hydroelectric project is receiving a grant from the US government. It was a great honor to be invited and he said the meetings went well. The general tenor of the meeting was: 1. We want to help Africa 2. Helping business will help Africa 3. Businesses need power/electricity 4. We should develop clean energy, which means: HYDROPOWER! Hooray. But we remember that is God who makes things grow (I Corinthians 3:7), in all senses. Certainly He is the one who made the mountains and water that make hydropower possible.
So, Caleb came back after a one week trip, on Qatar Airlines. On the very same flight that he came in on, Sara and I boarded. We did get to talk to him briefly,exchange hugs and a cell phone, before we headed off.
So, Sara and I are off on our adventure: whizzing through NC and SC and then flying up to Wheaton. Not looking forward to leaving her in the US, but I know she’ll have lots of people looking after her. So many people remember how young (7) she was when we left for Rwanda. Her progress is a testimony to God’s faithfulness and protection . Great is Thy Faithfulness