Friday, August 7, 2015

Back From Rwanda!

 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

-ISAIAH 61:1-3-

I've been trying to find words to adequately convey all that God did in & through our team last week in Rwanda. This is no small task and I'm quite certain I'm not up to the challenge. We're all still reeling from what we've seen. All I can say is that God moved powerfully through our group and that He very clearly assembled our team. They were simply THE BEST and I am so honored to have served by their side. 

In a nutshell? We loved people. And we did our best to help others understand that God loves them deeply and that they can have hope, life, and purpose through Jesus. We visited many homes of the poorest of the poor. We grievedalongside those who recently lost loved ones. We handed out gifts. We prayed over countless families. We sang. We laughed...HARD. We played with the most beautiful children. We brought hope to the best of our ability. 17 children were sponsored through our team while on the ground! We even got to go back to a couple homes to personally tell the kids that we'd found sponsors for them and to hand them their school uniform and supplies! And we got the smallest taste what it would be like to live the way so many in Rwanda live by spending a few hours wearing the clothes, helping to prep a meal to be cooked over the fire, loosening the soil amongst the banana trees, hiking down the valley to get water, making bracelets out of a plant, and dancing (yes...I's on video). =)

I can't WAIT to head back next June, and to bring several more friends along so they can experience this country we love so much! God is on the move...


The last few months have been pure chaosBUT...we're officially finished with Apartment Life, we've moved into our new home, the trip to Rwanda is behind us, and the kids just successfully completed their first week as 1st and 3rd graders at a new school (whose mascot is the COLTS - God is good!). So we're now able to focus FAR more strongly on the work before us with Africa New Life (we have some HUGE things on the horizon!!). Other than that, we're busy meeting neighbors, trying to get the house ready for the hundreds of guests we're intending to invite (including YOU), and Jeremiah has now joined the Passion City Church choir! Everyone seems to be adjusting well and we are LOVING the incredible home we ended up in (still not sure how we got such a nice house for the price...but we gladly accept!). 


1. For our family to be a strong force for the Kingdom (Africa New Life, influence with neighbors, school, etc...)

2. For new donors to come alongside us. We're still well below 100% of our support.

3. For Ellie & Elijah as they adjust to a new school.

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