Rwanda: Day 8

I realize I’m several days behind on blog posts. The second week of the trip was full and busy. I will continue to post a blog post for each day of the trip, but they will be less prompt.  Monday, we spent most of the day on a bumpy bus traveling from Butare to Kibuye, which is on Lake Kivu. If you’re wondering how bumpy “bumpy” is, my Apple Watch logged over 13,000 steps (more than 5 miles of … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 7

From Elder Martha (St. Andrew’s): Today's travels began with an "interesting" bus ride to Cyegera and Kirinda, to visit with women's craft groups.  I should explain that the bus is a 25 passenger van.  So far, we've had 2 flat tires and a roof leak, but it did get us to our next destination. We met with a group of genocide widows who have formed a craft group.  This is an opportunity to … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 6

This morning, there was no Bible study. Instead, we went to church. As we walked into the service this morning at precisely 9am (the worship service start time), the dancing was already in swing. We were told that churches in Rwanda are no longer allowed to have dirt floors because the dancing kicked up too much dirt. Our Mission coworker, Kay, said, “It gave a whole new meaning to the phrase, … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 5

This morning, I watched the sun rise over the hills of Rwanda. It was one of the most breathtaking things I’ve seen in a long time. It was a perfect way to start the day. At breakfast, I sat with a new friend, Lydia. Lydia is one of our partners from South Sudan who is traveling with us. She and I shared stories about and pictures of our kids and as we walked together to our morning Bible study, I … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 4

Morning Bible Study We looked today at Genesis 39:7-20. This is the part in Joseph’s story in which Potiphar’s wife frames him for rape and Joseph lands in prison. Once again, Joseph is the center figure in a staged crime involving his clothing. Here he is, this attractive young man with smarts, management skills - the works. He has values and sticks to them. He will do the right thing seven when … [Read more...]

Rwanda Day 3

Bible Study In Bible study, we talked today about Genesis 37:25-36. This is the second part of the narrative in which Joseph’s brothers sell him. In the Rwandan genocide, many church leaders remained quiet and some even revealed the locations of their Tutsi congregants to those seeking to murder them. This morning, we reflected on how Joseph’s brothers literally sold him and considered if the … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 2

Morning Bible Study Paula opened our day in morning Bible study with Genesis 37:12-24. This is the first part of the narrative in which Joseph is sold by his brothers. In this passage, his brothers act on their jealousy. We spent some extra time talking about Reuben and his motivations for talking the brothers into throwing Joseph into the well. Was he trying to cover his own butt? A guilty … [Read more...]

Rwanda: day 1

Lamentations 3:19–22 (ESV):  19  Remember my affliction and my wanderings,  the wormwood and the gall!   20  My soul continually remembers it  and is bowed down within me.   21  But this I call to mind,  and therefore I have hope:   22  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; Arrival After a day of long, but uneventful travel, … [Read more...]

Safe in Kigali

We made it! We will begin proper blog updates tomorrow. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Rwanda Team Commissioning

Friends, It appears that the video we tried to post yesterday of Elder Tom's commissioning did not actually work. Please accept our apologies for the technological hiccup. Let's try this again! And now we have the video of Elder Martha's commissioning as well! Thanks to Michelle for capturing the video for us at Emsworth and to Tim for getting it at St. Andrew's!   … [Read more...]