Dear Family and Friends,
Our Christmas holidays were busy and the substance of life long memories. It is a joy to be in Rwanda.
This month we ask for your prayers for the following matters:
1. Christ’s Church in Rwanda (CCR) spiritual and numeric growth. It is our belief and practice that CCR should make the most of every opportunity to speak well for Jesus and serve our community. Thus we celebrated a Youth Concert, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Christmas Day Service, and a Boxing Day (Sunday, December 26) All Church Dinner. We estimate that approximately 750 different individuals were in our CCR assemblies in December. In the next few months we hope the Lord will use this busy season to call many closer to Him.
We ask your prayers for several specific ministry opportunities:
a. Our facility on many Sundays is close to occupancy and we are planning to begin a second worship service in 2011.
b. Our CCR youth are now entering university and Kigali’s campuses are booming. We hope to begin an assertive campus ministry in 2011. Dave has been asked to teach Ethics for approximately 400 university students at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) for the next four weeks.
c. The Rwanda government is beginning a process of De-institutionalizing the care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Inside our spirits we sense this is a place CCR must engage.
• May we be filled with divine wisdom to make the most of these opportunities for the Lord’s glory.
2. Our oldest daughter, Sophia will soon be leaving our home and entering college. In the next few months we will find out the results of her university applications. Also, our financial resources are limited and we hope for generous scholarships. May God place Sophia in the place where she can mature into His intentions and bring as much joy to others as she has to our family and friends in Rwanda.
3. Settling and Organizing. It may sound unbelievable, but in living in Rwanda for 5 ½ years only last week did we completely unpack. The pace we have run has been both thrilling and exhausting. Unpacking was good for our spirits and allowed us a season of deep reflection. May the coming year be one of family and ministry stability and growth.
Again, thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement.
Imana ikurinde (May God Stay with All of You),
Dave and Jana