The Rwandan expression of "Come back" is expressed to Gene Andrews on his final afternoon for this trip. This was Gene's fourth trip as he helped in teaching two groups over two weeks. Both groups expressed their thanks for Gene's teaching. I am also thankful for what he taught and for sharing the teaching load. I join with these students in saying, "Come back."
A lot has happened since my last post. We did make it to Muhanga on Tuesday, May 10. We left home at 6 a.m. to find the road still blocked. So, we headed south and turned west over a long, dusty, and bumpy road (they call it an African message). A little over five hours later (normally a 45 minute trip) we arrived. The church leaders were there and ready to begin. We made a few adjustments and completed the two-day study on the same day. They were thankful.
While the floods were an inconvenience for us, I think about fifty people died in the north. One of our church leaders lost everything, but he was here last week ready to study.
The next three days we taught the Women of Hope. Most have a position in the government, but also serve in their local churches. We shared with them several years ago and they kept asking us to come back and teach more.
Women of Hope
Marceline has thirteen children.
She had seven girls and one boy - then she had triplets and twins (all boys).
After returning from Muhanga, we picked up Gene Andrews from the airport on Friday evening. We rested on Saturday and I preached on Sunday. Then we attended the nicest wedding reception I have experienced in Rwanda (and most of my experiences in the U.S).
Now, that's a cake!
About an hour of the reception was traditional Rwandan dances.
Last week we studied Acts with the "Equip a Church Leader" group. This week we are studying Genesis with the younger group, "Equip the Next Generation." I am constantly impressed with their ability and desire to know the Bible.
God continues to bless.
Theophile and I find ourselves stranded in Kigali due to rains in the north last night. We are scheduled to teach two groups in Muhanga Monday (today) through Friday. The bridge to Muhanga is above water, but I am told that there is a valley just beyond the bridge that is flooded. Depending on when the waters go down, we will head to Muhanga (hopefully late afternoon today or early in the morning).
After struggling with shingles in April, I was thankful to be healthy enough to land in Rwanda on Tuesday evening. Wednesday and Thursday, Theophile and I taught one group in greater Kigali. On Friday and Saturday we taught our second group. Below are the Kicukiro church leaders discussing application of the Bible truths they learned during the two days.
Early Monday morning Theophile and I will depart for Muhanga to teach two more groups Monday through Friday. While my energy level was low when I first arrived, due to the shingles, I seem to be getting stronger every day now.