Rwanda missions

19 Jan

January 2014 Update

Dear Friends, Family & Prayer Warriors, I write, hoping this New Year is off to a wonderful start for each of you. Here this year has taken off at a rapid pace with so many exciting things happening, I’m not sure if I can condense them all into one update, but I will certainly do my best. When I returned to Rwanda in mid-November, as most of you know, I immediately hit a few set-backs with visa issues. Added to that, all...

19 Jan

Can a Sewing Machine be the Means by which a Woman can Leave Prostitution to Pursue a Better Life?

An Open Letter to the Ladies of Crosspoint church in Georgia Dear Ladies of Crosspoint, Thank you again so much for your gift of purchasing a sewing machine to provide a Rwandan lady the ability to earn a living for her family. I’m especially thrilled to tell you how your sewing machine is being used to impact a life. When I first came to Rwanda, I met an adolescent boy in a local shop where I would often stop for a drink or snack....

03 Dec

In What Kind of World?

In a recent letter home, I relayed a situation I was in where I simply had to walk away, but I commented, “If I were reading this story in a novel, I’d be so irritated that the character would walk away! Surely she should do something, fight, risk, lead a march, defy the odds and act. Come what may, just do something.” Yet here I was the character in the situation, and I was simply walking away. I met Jack just...

06 Sep

Trainings, Dinners, MP3s and Goats

What do Conferences, Trainings, Dinners, Goats and MP3 players all have in common? Each can be used to show compassion and share Jesus. As I sit inside my home, I hear my neighbor girls listening to Bible stories via Solar-powered MP3 Players, pre-loaded with hours and hours of the Bible in their language. I had brought several of these devices with me and had lent them one a few months ago. They continue to listen day after day, repeating the same...

31 Aug

Sienna’s Supper

  “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:13 Recently, I came across this verse and was struck with the thought, “When have I ever had a feast and intentionally invited the poor, the crippled the lame and the blind?” Yet, it is clearly a command spoken by Jesus. Oh, sure, I’ve...

07 Aug

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

I’m frequently asked about numbers. “How many people attended? How many people accepted Jesus? What is the total number of salvations you’ve seen?” There’s really nothing wrong with numbers. I think it is part of our American culture to measure success in numbers. We like tangible things. We get satisfaction in facts of what is being accomplished. In the business world, performance is measured in numbers. The trend of finding security in numbers of attendance, conversions, memberships, baptisms and so...

06 Aug

6 Month Update

Hello, Everyone!                                                                                                                                              August 5, 2013 This has been a busy month of much travel and variety. July marked 6 months of being here in Rwanda. The time has certainly gone quickly, and I have been blessed immensely. At the beginning of the month, I again travelled back to the capital to visit all families of sponsored children. This often provides opportunities to serve and witness with the children and their families. On this visit as I was...

09 Jul

Summer Update

Sunday School Training June, 2013 Dear Friends, Family and Prayer Partners, Thank you so very much for your continued encouragement, prayers and support. This is truly a team effort. Frequently in my blogs, letters and status updates, I refer to Love Alive as “we.” I do so, as though I may be the only Love Alive representative here, I am certainly not doing this work alone. We are all working together. Whether you pray or give you are a...

04 Apr

It has been 3 months already?!?! God is so good!

Wow! Wow! Wow! This has been such a full month of activity, expansion and blessings. Can you believe Love Alive has now placed 40 children in school?!?!? 40! That’s 40 little lives given an opportunity to read and write. These kids are so excited about going to school they beg to go even during breaks. One child was upset that when I put him into “summer school” (The schools are on a 3 week break here.)...

31 Mar

Ordinary Walk on an Ordinary Day

As I walked to town, I passed the Catholic church, where so very many persons line the sidewalks hoping for a few coins thrown their way. It is often overwhelming to have so many congregated together as I can’t help them all; but if I can single one out, I try to help. I had no money on me at the time, and had to pass on by, feeling rather helpless as I...

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