We are now 6 weeks + into our arrival in the USA. The last couple of months have been a blur. Leaving Rwanda after 16 years was hard. We had given our hearts to Rwanda, and it wasn’t easy to pick up and leave. We had wonderful times of saying good-bye: to our fellow missionaries, the Anglican church, and other Rwandan friends. It was especially meaningful in one of our last days in Rwanda to meet in the home of Bishop John Rucyahana with other Rwandan Christians. Sixteen years ago, we sat in his home, before we left for Shyira, the rural site of the hospital where we would serve for eight years, and the Rwandan Christians sent us off. Now, they sent us off again, back to the United States, once again, laying hands on us as they prayed for us. Here are some photos of us with our Rwandan friends.
We have arrived safely in the USA, landing in Chapel Hill, NC, where we will be living with Caleb’s amazing mother, Harriet. I was thankful to see my three brothers and their families, and my parents, soon after my arrival, and then more of my cousins at a memorial service for my inspiring (literally-he is inspired me to be a missionary!) uncle, Birch Rambo, who served as a medical missionary for many years in Zaire/DRC. Moses set off immediately to be a junior counselor at Boys’ Scout Camp, and was soon promoted to Sr Counselor. Lydia finished her online course, and has been helping us unpack. She just finished a fun filled week at the CDC Disease Detective Camp. Hannah and Sara and Logan met us here in Chapel Hill; it has been wonderful to be here with them. Caleb Jr came in time for my birthday-July 4th, after spending a year in Egypt, and then traveling in West Africa. It’s truly a delight to have our family so close together! In our travels, we met up with a dedicated couple, who taught Lydia and Moses in Rwanda (below left). Moses is pictured below, in his Boy Scout counselor uniform.
What’s next for the King Family?
Caleb and I are looking for jobs in the Chapel Hill area. I am thankful that my NC medical license has already been approved, and that Caleb has had some favorable interviews at the University of North Carolina. Moses and Lydia will start school at East Chapel Hill High School. Caleb Jr will start at Harvard College. Hannah will continue at Wheaton and Sara and Logan will continue to live in Chapel Hill.
How does it feel to be in the USA?
Strange-so many choices, so much excess.
Wonderful-so much family, so easy to communicate!
We have made a few errors-managed to get my mother in law’s land line cut off for a week (Welcome back to AT and T!) and have been confused about meeting places. One of our children (who shall remain nameless) was concerned that a coffee shop wouldn’t have change for a $20 bill! (getting change is a common problem in Rwanda).
What about the children, widows, and other vulnerable people we support?
We continue to support them, and can you can donate in the usual way through Bridge2Rwanda. Here is a photo of Blandine, for example, who is physically handicapped by the loss of one leg, and she wears one prosthesis.
We supported Blandine through high school, and now we are supporting her for a one year course, in which she will be trained to teach handicapped children-what a perfect vocation! We pray that it will lead to employment.
What about your own support?
We are technically on home assignment, while actively looking for employment. We will continue to depend on donations-for up to a year, or whenever we find employment, whichever comes first. Thanks to the many of you who have supported us over the years, enabling us to serve in Rwanda for 16 years.
How can we pray for you?
- Pray for a smooth transition back, especially for our children. There is so much to get used to, and a lot of changes.
- Pray that we may find positions that best fit our skill sets, after living in Rwanda for 16 years!
- Pray for the people we left behind in Rwanda-orphans, widows, that we are supporting; fellow missionaries and friends, and the Board of KICS school.
- Pray for Rwanda, that Ebola won’t enter!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13