Several weeks ago, after I had given an update on our summer, I was going to give a nice sunny update on our work in Rwanda, and our family. How the hydropower project had been down, but now was working; the three middle children are at RVA, studying hard; Moses is being homeschooled by a super young lady from SC, taking a gap year, and is also really enjoying Boy Scouts; I am still working at Ruhengeri Hospital, teaching young doctors, taking care of patients, and am now affiliated with the Global Health program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. All these things are still true, and I’m grateful and thankful for them.
And then we got broken into. One Friday night, someone broke the back door window, and reached in and opened the door. They took 2 computers, a projector, a DVD drive, and small speakers. We are 99% sure who did it-someone whom we’ve helped quite a bit, but we have to admit never trusted, due to his alcohol and drug problem. He has stolen computers in the past, even cars. He has a sad life story and we are praying that he will one day make the decision to let the Holy Spirit change him. In the meantime, he’s a serious menace to our community. The police caught him, but due to lack of evidence, have released him (no finger printing seems to be done in Rwanda).
The following Sunday, Caleb preached on Matthew 6:19-20. “ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” Even in Jesus’ time, thieves were breaking in and stealing. Jesus doesn’t tell his disciples to get extra guards, buy guard dogs, or build a strong wall. Instead he says not to store up our treasures here on earth-inevitably they will fade, or be stolen from us, as we unfortunately experienced. We should store up our treasures in heaven. What does that mean? It doesn’t say fully, but one can believe that it means to invest your wealth in helping people, building up the church, and serving others.
We’re thankful that we haven’t felt too frightened by the incident; it helps to know who did it, I think. But do pray for our protection and security.