Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1. This is a verse from Solomon, that came to my mind after we had some visitors last week. I looked up a commentary on it that said, “Whatever the literal meaning, the figurative lesson seems to be that a daring, seemingly foolish, distribution of your assets, will yield returns in the future…The natural man would say, ‘Hoard up your possessions, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.’ Solomon, however, wisely knows that generosity in good times is the best insurance for making it through bad times. God will honor your generosity. ” Daring and seemingly foolish could describe a lot of our ministry in Rwanda, but God has honored our generosity and recently he gave me a couple of glimpses of the impact of our ministry.
1) I have been teaching Sunday School for 3 years now at the English service. It’s pretty basic; we teach from the Bible and every week we give a coloring page, and a Bible verse to write down and remember. I recently visited a friend of ours, whose sons attend Sunday School faithfully. The boys proudly showed me their room, with all of the coloring pages pasted on their walls. I was so happy to see how they had saved and cherished the Sunday school lessons. I am hoping that they will also cherish the lessons in their hearts!
2) When we were at Shyira Hospital, I put a lot of effort into helping children with heart disease get surgery when they need it. Recently one of the those girls, Joseline, who was operated on in 2007, came to visit me with her mother. They loved it when I showed them this photo from 2007. Joselinel has done well and is now in secondary school. They brought us a big bucket full of white beans. Having lived in Rwanda for 11 years, we are bean connoisseurs, and white beans are our favorite! ( I have to give credit here to the Australian team, Project Hope, who operated on her)
We don’t always get to see the fruits of our work, and we’ll only fully know them on that day when we yearn to hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Thanks to all of you who make it possible for us to serve here in Rwanda.