Dear Family and Friends,
It has been a whirlwind of a month. This month we would like to ask your prayers for the following matters:
1. The future of the first 10 Rwanda Presidential Scholars Graduates. It is hard to believe it has been 4 years since they first came to the United States. We were thrilled to witness them graduate and are hopeful for their participation in Rwanda’s future. The next few months will be interesting one as they explore opportunities in graduate school and employment. May God place them in situations where they are most equipped to bless and serve others.
2. Health of ROC Missionaries: May God be glorified through both our struggles and triumphs.
a. Dave finished the Oklahoma City Half Marathon a few weeks ago. However, he lives with a loss of motion that makes laptop computers, driving in a multiple of lanes, large social settings, and grocery shopping difficult.
b. Jana has recovered from surgery, but still has some residual pain and weakness.
c. Brett Shreck has recently ruptured his Achilles tendon and is returning to the US for surgery.
May these circumstances shape our personnel into the people God intends, and also place us in situations where we can best display the Lord’s glory.
3. Wisdom, patience, and grace. The Lord has exceeded our ministry hopes immensely from 5 years ago when we first moved to Rwanda. We recognize that now is a season that requires changing ministry organizational structure to meet ministry opportunities. Again, we find our understanding is short, but God’s wisdom is beyond measure. May we be granted new measures of wisdom, patience, and grace through this season.
4. Time away from Rwanda has given us opportunity to reflect, pray, and dream for the future of Christ’s Church in Rwanda (CCR). As we do this two matters have come to mind. We ask your prayer that as we return to Rwanda the Lord will empower us to:
a. Disciple able and available people. Particularly, we would like to begin more assertive discipleship among university students and young professionals.
b. Our family has always had a passion to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Particularly, we desire to see them in families. We ask your prayers that we will be placed in a situation where we can facilitate children being incorporated into families and community.
5. The last 17 months have felt much like the story of Job. Besides family health problems, Jana lost her job with Gladney Center for Adoption and we lost a significant portion of our missionary support. We are currently living on 55% less financial resources than we had in early 2009. We trust that this is the Lord’s leading to new partners to share in our ROC vision. May the Lord place us together with those who will share our passions, joy, and journey.
Thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement that sustain our family and ministry.
Imana ikurinde (May God Keep All of You),
Dave and Jana