It’s Sponsorship Time!

It’s  Sponsorship Time!

As we begin a New Year, Children in Rwanda begin a new school year.

The school year 2020 begins in just days on January 6!

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We have registered all students to our capacity at this time, with 100 more on a waiting list.

If you sponsor a student through Love Alive’s sponsorship program, the time to renew your sponsorship is now!

If you have not sponsored before, but would like to begin sponsoring a child, this is a fabulous time to begin supporting a child’s education here in Rwanda.

Child sponsorship remains at a one-time donation of $45. This allows a child to study for an entire year, and covers the costs of school supplies, uniforms, and school lunch where applicable. For all students in our Kigali region, this also allows them extra-learning time in our daily children’s learning center.

You can sponsor a child either through this link:

Sponsor Now!

Or by a check mailed to

Love Alive

2410 Burgess School Rd.

Cookeville, TN 38506

Just Before the Ball Drops! Final Post of 2019

I trust your Christmas season was both merry and bright. We have had a lovely Christmas season here. As this year comes to a close, let me update you on our final month here.IMG_1081

As we paused our Children’s Learning Center mid-December until the new school year begins in January, we celebrated Christmas the final day with a narration on the Christmas story and reenactment by the children. As this is the first time any of them had seen people dress up as Bible characters, they thoroughly enjoyed seeing each other clad as shepherds, wisemen, angels and Mary and Joseph.

The following day we held a Christmas dinner for all Love Alive staff and Rwandan ministry partners with 6 pastors and their wives and children and many more. We are so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside faithful servants here.

We held two 3-day Christmas holiday vacation Bible schools for children telling and acting out more of the Christmas story each day  from the prophets foretelling his birth to meeting Anna and Simeon and escaping into Egypt.  Our final children’s reenactment of the Nativity took place high in the mountains in a one-day Christmas celebration with 12 churches and 350 children participating. In this extremely poor area, we really sought something that we could give to the children that would be helpful, and finally settled on winter knit hats. That may sound odd in Africa, but this region gets cold, and children have too little to wear. We gave the children cake and candy, and when we announced that everyone would get a hat, their excitement and appreciation were so overwhelming it brought tears to my eyes.IMG_1220

Our final Christmas celebration with our ministry beneficiaries was held the Sunday afternoon before Christmas with all of the single-moms in our sewing center and their babies. We read and pondered the account of the birth of Christ, shared a meal, sang and opened gifts. This is always a wonderful time together, but the highlight was being able to bless a few women in a special way. One friend of Love Alive had seen that we had given mattresses, and upon learning that many here have nothing to sleep on, chose to give 4 mattresses. The delight these women had in receiving these extra special gifts was beautiful. A couple jumped up and down unable to contain their excitement, another collapsed to her knees in tears, arms lifted to praise God for an answered prayer. What a joy to bless in this way as we give in light of the Greatest Gift of All.

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Meanwhile, our colleague Cyiza was married to his lovely wife Jacky, and our Nursery teacher Sandrine celebrated her college graduation.  We have registered all students for the upcoming school year, which will begin January 6, 2020. In addition to these 450 students, we have 100 children on a waiting list, hoping for a sponsor to assist them to school.VUUH8178

We are so thankful for all God allowed us to have a part in this past year and look forward to all that is ahead in the coming days. Thank YOU for partnering with us!  May you have much love, abundant grace, and many blessings in the New Year.

Sincerely,

Laura Yockey,

Love Alive International

Children’s Learning Center

This September, we opened up a Children’s Learning Center for our primary grade students. As children here study either mornings or afternoons, the center is open for children to come before or after their studies. We offer homework help, tutoring, activity-based learning, play, and porridge each day.

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As most of our students have parents who were unable to receive a good education themselves, students often have no one to help with homework or concepts with which they struggle. As the teachers typically have an average of 50 students in a class, and students only study four hours per day, children needing help can miss the opportunity to gain the support they need. Additionally, we have seen that absence is often due to hunger. Our center seeks to assist children with all of these issues.

We have 6 staff working with the children daily. These teachers and assistants are excited about the program and showing great dedication to helping our students.

I’m excited about this program and thankful for your part in seeing this ministry opened and blessing our students.  Thank you!

An Update on Churches in Rwanda

Hello. I trust this letter finds you doing well. I am most certainly grateful to you and for the way God has used you in prayer and support of ministry here in Rwanda.60042019_507195503149801_5508346044460564480_n

Just over one year ago, I wrote to inform you of the drastic changes that had taken place here, with the government closing well over 6,000 churches. Some of you compassionately responded to assist the churches here. Last year we were able to see two churches we work with opened after minor upgrades. Then came the patience and perseverance of trusting and waiting.

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In February, God blessed us with a partnership with a set of 3 churches in a sparse mountain region. Pastor Uzziel originally had 10 churches. We visited these churches in 2017 and held a Sunday school training. We returned in early 2018 for an area-wide children’s outreach. Then came the closures, and all 10 churches were closed. With God’s blessing, a few of the churches were slowly opened. Between February and April of this year, God enabled us to open 3 more of these churches.60060841_1370652849753184_4249440440798937088_n

One of these churches had only been opened for one year when the closures came, but already had over 100 members. Another church had been opened for years, and was where many of the congregants had come to know Christ, where they had married, and dedicated their children. By the grace of God, all three churches have now reopened and these congregants are once again worshiping in their churches.

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Last year, our dear partner Patrick, whose congregation was meeting under a canopy, was  among the churches closed. Patrick has remained an example of steadfast perseverance, patience and long-suffering as he continued to faithfully shepherd his congregation. In the immediate aftermath of the closures, he would notify his congregation of a local church where they would all meet. He later secured 3 different locations to hold services as one-by-one, each location would fall through.  His congregation has been walking several miles each week to meet together.

A church in the States graciously provided the funding for Patrick’s church to be built. As they began seeking the building permit, he was first advised that they must purchase additional land. God again graciously provided as another group of Christians provided the funds for the land. Then there were land negotiations, surveys, more surveys, and finally the notice that it was no longer permitted to build in this area due to rezoning! I’m highlighting only a few of the challenges he faced in the 14 months of waiting. On the Thursday before Easter, God miraculously and graciously provided the building permit. The construction is well underway as you can see.

Thank you to each of you who has taken part in the reopening of these churches. For those interested in assisting churches here, we continue with a list of churches we would like to help.

Building a church from the ground up costs $15,000-$20,000.

Upgrading a church so that it can open is generally $2,000. This generally includes cement floors, paint, water tanks, and metal windows and doors.

To assist a church through our ACTS ministry, click here: ACTS

God bless you all for being an important part of all God is doing here.

With Immense Gratitude,

Laura Yockey

Love Alive International

Agape Church Construction Under Way!

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I thank you for your prayers on behalf of the churches here, specifically those with whom we continue to work.

We are rejoicing that God allowed us to see the third church needing renovation reopened. We also praise God that after 14 months of perseverance, patience, and prayer, the building permit for a fourth church, Agape with Pastor Patrick was granted. The construction of that church is well-under way.   This is nothing less than miraculous.

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Thank you for choosing to partner with us in this ministry. God bless you!

April

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Each year, on April 7th, the Country of Rwanda takes time to stop and reflect on the atrocities that sought to destroy this country over a hundred-day period in 1994. This year marks 25 years of growing peace, restoration and advancement for this country that continues to heal post genocide. Memorials, walks, vigils and various methods of reflection will continue throughout the next 100 days. We thank God for the peace and security that is present today.

As we ended the month of March, our Scarlet Cord held a graduation of 28 women successfully completing the program. The majority of these women came from lives of prostitution, were taught of the redemption in Christ Jesus, and learned new skills to enable them to leave their former manner of obtaining money. We saw more than half of these women come to know Christ, some baptized, and most leave prostitution, work through addictions, and form relationships with Jesus. We continue to pray for them as they launch into their sewing that they will continue to follow the path of Christ.

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Please continue to pray for the churches desiring to reopen here. While we rejoice in two churches we were able to help restore and see re-opened in March, we continue to face various obstacles regarding the building and restoration of other churches. Our weekly Bible Clubs with our sponsored children continue very well with at least 300 attending weekly.

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We praise God for all He continues to do, and allow us to be a part of. We further thank Him that you have chosen to join us in this work. God bless you!

Churches are Beginning to Open!

Because of the continued giving of friends like you, this past month we were able to see one church re-opened, and 2 set to open within the next month.

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We began a vocational short-course of 3 months to assist women who had previously studied with Love Alive, but we found were not working. The purpose of this short course is to help them improve skills where they lack confidence, and be able to begin working as intended. Our ongoing Scarlet Cord students will graduate at the end of this month. Just last week, many of the women began sharing testimonies of what God is doing in their lives.

Our Bible clubs for students are going very well. We praise God.

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Thank you again for partnering with us in ministry!

It’s a New Year.

Twenty-nineteen is already bountiful with God’s enabling us to see fruit in various ministries here.

As a new school year began in January, we once again registered more than 400 students in our sponsorship program. This year, we have Bible clubs for our sponsored students in each school where we sponsor.

Through our ACTS ministry of assisting churches here, we have begun funding the renovations for 3 churches we hope to see open in the next month.

On February 1st, 16 ladies graduated from our Scarlet Cord Hairdressing center, following a 7 month program. We have seen God working in their hearts these months, and are happy to see their achievements and spiritual growth. Our sewing students will complete their studies at the end of March.

I share all of this with you, to show you what God is allowing us to be a part of with you partnership! May God bless you abundantly.

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Sponsorship!

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Thank you for sponsoring children through Love Alive International.

The 2019 school year is our 7th year of sponsorship, and we have over 400 students enrolled in our program this year.

Your sponsorship provides each student with necessary school fees, uniform, and school supplies—all the tools they need for a great school year.

We are also excited to be holding weekly Sponsorship Bible clubs in each school this year. We began our first in-school Bible Club the first week of February, and I don’t know who is more excited me, my fellow teachers or the children!

Thank you for impacting students academically and spiritually to prepare them for a brighter future.

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