Well, as I often do, I look back over my recent photos I have taken to see where we’ve been and what we’ve done since I last posted a blog. Here’s what came up:
Now, THAT’S a crooked back. This is a boy who came to our Bible Study in Musanze, with his parents, asking for help. When we saw his back, we saw why! He came to the hospital where I work in Kigali, where I was able to orient him, and they saw the pediatric orthopedic surgeon, who recommended a brace. Getting the back brace has not been so easy-apparently it doesn’t fit well, and he is coming back to Kigali tomorrow to get it re-fitted. As an example of how ignorance, fear and sickness intersect, the family, who are quite poor, spent a lot of money on traditional medicines because they believed that there son’s scoliosis had been caused by poisoning. We pray for their minds to be awakened out of the darkness by the Truth that sets us free.
I was recently at a meeting at the Medical School, and I ran into Frederick, who studies at the nearby Technology Institute/University, and whom we have sponsored ever since secondary school. We were glad to see each other. He told me he is doing well in school, but needs glasses. I was touched to see that he is still using my somewhat worn computer bag that we gave him several years ago, along with the computer we also gave him.
We were back in Musanze recently for church, and we were impressed by how many children were there-we couldn’t fit them all in the photo; it must have been over half of the congregation! I was glad to see that the children’s ministry is thriving, despite the fact that many Sundays we are attending church in Kigali. I am hoping to help arrange a Sunday School teachers’ training later this year at our Musanze church.
I have been helping to host a Palliative Care teaching team from the UK. They have had many thoughtful discussions with our residents, involving end of life care-never an easy topic, but an important one, with spiritual significance.
Kids everywhere, even with burns at my hospital in Rwanda, like to ham it up for the camera, and show off their superpowers!
Here are our Prayer Requests :
- For Caleb’s development projects, that the doors would open for him, so he can break ground.
- For the Rwandan students who have finished their school year, and for us as we decide how and which students to sponsor next year
- For the upcoming holidays, and the arrivals of Caleb Jr and Lydia from RVA, and Sara and Hannah later in December. For Moses, as he finishes his first semester at his school, KICS.
- For my (Louise’s) work, that I would be an effective teacher, and a good mentor
In closing, 2 Bible verses from our daily reading that recently “jumped out to me”:
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.Proverbs 27:19
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:24