Things are a bit quieter in the house now: the kids have gone back to school-Sara and Hannah at Wheaton College; Caleb Jr and Lydia at RVA in Kenya; and Moses at KICS in Kigali. We had a great time together as a family, and we were able to celebrate Moses’ 13th birthday together.
We also helped 75 students start their 3rd term, students, such as Albertine seen below, with her mother. It’s hard to know what Albertine’s future holds-she comes from a poor family, and it’s unclear what work she will do after school. Our hope and prayer is that she will have a better life with a high school education-and not only her, but her children too, as studies have shown that a child’s likelihood of surviving to the age of 5 increases with the mother’s education level.
We miss Benjamin (see previous post), who had been helping with students, but we are thankful that he has the opportunity to study at the Florida Institute of Technology. Unfortunately, Benjamin recently had to evacuate in the face of Hurricane Irma! Do pray for him! Emmanuel is helping us now; we have known him for years, and he is doing a good job. He is pictured below (R), with another Emmanuel (L), who is deaf and whom we send to a special program for deaf children.
I have been helping Caleb with his work, in whatever way I can. Over the last years, I have been working hard at the hospital, and he had really picked up the loose ends at home. I am happy that now I can support him in his work. Tomorrow, I will meet with someone about helping at a Christian clinic affiliated with our church, and also attend a new (to me)women’s Bible study. It’s a waiting time for me, but I am appreciating the extra time. It reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses: But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40: 31
I send out special prayers to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma; and to our friends and family preparing for Irma! May you run and not be weary; walk and not be faint.
Group Hug for Hannah, as she leaves for college