We encouraged the leaders to make sure that even though we were about to complete our time of study in Acts that they should never consider their journey to be over. They were encouraged to read the entire book again and look for new insights. They were encouraged to share with others what they had learned.
I have great respect for each leader who has taken time to further their understanding of God’s Word. They want above all else to know more so that they can lead better. Thursday night and Friday morning, we asked them to spend 30 minutes looking over the text and notes. I noticed that they spent over an hour each time. Their devotion to their studies inspires me.
As we finished Friday around lunchtime there was reason to celebrate. We had been blessed with a week of great study and fellowship. Each student received a certificate recognizing their completion of this study. Frank and I were each given a staff as a sign of their appreciation. I am humbled by their care for us and their devotion to becoming better leaders. The leaders were already looking forward to their next time together. I thank God for what Rwanda Challenge is doing here. This ministry is making a difference in the lives of both the leaders and their churches.
Sunday I had the opportunity to preach at a local church. Preaching through an interpreter was a different experience than I am used to. The members of the church welcomed us with open arms and made us feel at home. They even gave me a Rwandan name. It is “Nshuti”. It means “friend”.
After the service we had the opportunity to share with a number of women who have participated in the micro loan program with Africa Hope Initiative. I am amazed at how a small ($50 US) loan makes such a major difference in the lives of those involved. I am glad to have met with them and to learn more about the life changing difference this program makes.