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Rwanda 2012, Part Five

December 20, 2012

We are in Kigali, Rwanda, waiting to hear if the fighting has stopped in the Congo so we can determine if it is safe to return to our church building project in Gisenyi. We are staying at the Nazarene Mission house but it seems the city water is off and the water tank has run dry so no showers today and bottled water only. We meet a missionary named Glenda from Calgary, Canada. Her and her husband are there, working for a foundation called Hopethopea & Rwanda. The foundation has a goal of helping single mothers manage their life and provide them with an education which will give them a job skill so they can support themselves and their family. We were given the opportunity of meeting some of the mothers in their homes.

Our new missionary friend Glenda

Our new missionary friend Glenda

The mothers are in a neighborhood that is within walking distance of the Nazarene compound so after a little preparation some of the team is sent out to buy some flour, sugar and soap to leave as gifts for the families we are to meet. We are off, walking through the streets of Kigali. Once we leave the main road and go into a local neighborhood we pass by a farmers market. It seems they have just about any kind of vegetable you can imagine and in abundance.

The local farm market in a Kigali neighborhood

The local farm market in a Kigali neighborhood

Walking through the neighborhood

Walking through the neighborhood

We arrive at the first house and are invited in to visit with the mother. The houses are very small and have only two or three small rooms.

The team meeting in the main room of the house

The team meeting in the main room of the house

The mother telling us her story

The mother telling us her story

At each house we visited we heard the story of the family and what their hopes were and how the program was helping them. We prayed with each family sang some songs and left a departing gift of flour, sugar and soap.

We were the main attraction in the neighborhood

We were the main attraction in the neighborhood

We enjoyed meeting the children which followed us where ever we went.

Enjoying the children of the neighborhood

Enjoying the children of the neighborhood

This reminds us of what James said in James 1:27 NIV “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

What a fitting way to spend the day doing the work of the Lord. After the visits we had to pack up and go back to the ALARM guest house where we spent the first night here in Kigali because there was still no water at the Nazarene mission house.

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  1. jeanne and tony clements permalink
    December 23, 2012 5:27 pm

    Hi Lee..just wanted to say hello and let you know we are following along with your blog..you have a great way of telling the story of our trip..Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Jeanne and Tony Clements

  2. January 7, 2013 8:08 pm

    I appreciate the relief work that you are doing among the poor. May Jesus give you Heavenly Wisdom as you serve Him and while serving Jesus you serve the poor people. Giving gifts to those that cannot give gifts in return…now that’s true religion.

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