Where Thieves Break In and Steal

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.

Moses and Anne Tyler, hard at work!
Moses and Anne Tyler, hard at work!

8 thoughts on “Where Thieves Break In and Steal

  1. Genia Tyson

    So glad to hear you are all safe. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. The lesson on worldly goods and wealth certainly seems to be a common one these days after the floods here in South Carolina. While my family was not directly affected by the rains, my heart is heavy for the many families who were. This reality does put life into perspective. I so enjoy your updates and seeing pictures of the children. I tend to keep them at the same age as when I last saw them. Thank you for sharing your ministry and life with us. God’s blessing on you,Genia Tyson Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:24:06 +0000 To: genia_tyson@hotmail.com

    1. thekingfamilyinRwanda

      Genia, thanks for your prayers! We have also been praying for the displaced families in SC. So unexpected. It’s been encouraging to see how people have reached out.
      Blessings, Louise

  2. tim berg

    Such a good reminder! Thank you. I was hoping to see you guys at midterm- we think of you often when we see the kids especially! Tim

  3. Sally Dameron

    Myself, my sister, and a friend were in Kenya babysitting my sister’s grandchildren while their parents went to a conference. The children’s school, Rossyn Academy, played RVA at RVA, and the first person that I saw in the gym was Caleb. I introduced myself, told him that I lived in Florence and went to First Presbyterian, and we had a good visit. We didn’t see the girls. Caleb said he was doing well and he certainly appeared to be. Just wanted to pass this on to you. I am praying for all of you. Sally Dameron

    1. thekingfamilyinRwanda

      Sally, thanks so much for the message. What a small world that you saw Caleb at RVA! I’m glad to hear the good report-RVA has been such a blessing for them. I hope you and your family are doing well. Thanks for your prayers, Louise

  4. Bonnie Osterhout Brown

    So sorry about break in and robbery. We are praying for you all. May our Lord give you peace that passes all understanding. Trusting our Lord to supply all your needs. Please continue letting us know how to pray for your needs. Bonnie and Rufus

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