Thursday, March 19, 2015

New seasons

As ministry here has been changing, things are changing. Two weekends ago I went into Kigali to be with the Voice For Rwanda founders. I packed the kids up and brought them with me, as Moses had a little friend to play with, and Rebecca is glued to their daughter the same age as her, Laurette. Eric came over early on Saturday, and laughed and said "I am going to have you climb a mountain today." I laughed it off, thinking he was joking with me. (I guess climbing steep dirt hill paths, is NOT something Eric jokes about!) And I headed out with Moses and Eric, to go visit the families in their HELP program. 

The HELP program is unique, as they minister to the entire family. They provide spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational support to the family. This comes in the form, of helping with school expenses, for the children. Providing health insurance for the entire family. Mentoring and disciplining, esp the children in after school and school break programs, as well as visiting the families, listening to their situations, counseling them, and also praying with them.

I got a chance to visit 5 of the families in their HELP program there in Kigali. From boys in University, that have been in the program for years. To meeting with a family with 6 children. I got the whole spectrum! And got to see what it looks like, to minister to the entire family. 

After praying and discussing with them. This is something I want to persue in my area! So then the next weekend the co-founder, and the in country director came out here. We introduced our idea's to the local government in my area, introduced ourselves, and basically knocked on the door, to see if it would open in this area. 

Today was another meeting, and we are waiting on the final paperwork which will allow me to start the program in this area. But we have been met with enthusiam, and doors swinging wide open!!! 

I am so excited for this new season! I have already been so blessed with both A Voice For Rwanda, and Commission To Every Nation. CTEN offers such emotional and spiritual support of their missionaries on the ground. And again, I cannot wait for the pastoral care couple to be visiting in May! Doors are swinging wide open, to be involved in other aspects of ministry here on the ground. And I am itching to get things moving. I could not ask for a better support system, with my home church, the partnering organizations, and all my dear friends. 

Walking into a new season of ministry, 

We were both pretty tired from walking in the afternoon sun.
One of the families I just loved getting to know, pray with, and minister too.

Before we both got exhausted climbing up the hill.
Moses let the in country director carry him the last leg of the walk back to the office.
One of the dads in the program.
Please be praying as we continue to work for me to establish this program here in my area.