Dear Family and Friends,
April is likely the most difficult month in Rwanda. This is the month where we remember the Genocide of 1994. During this month more so than others we ask you to remember the nation of Rwanda, and our ministry and family in your prayers. Please keep the following matters in your prayers this month:
1. Genocide Memorial Week. On 7 April, 1994 the Rwandan genocide began. Over the next 100 days as many as one million people lost their lives. The tragedy is beyond comprehension. For a sacred week, Rwanda will remember, grieve, and seek hope. Please pray for an extra measure of comfort and hope to be found during this week.
(Last year, Dave decided to blog about our memories of being in Uganda during the time leading up to the Genocide and the days it occurred. If you have interest in reading the blog it is at http://jenkinsinrwanda.blogspot.com/2010/04/memories-of-april-7-1994.html.)
2. God’s word (2 Corinthians 1:1-7) teaches that one of the purposes that we suffer upon this earth is so that we may empathize with another and be a tool of God’s healing grace. Dave has been through 4 spine surgeries and lives with slight pain each day. During the last semester of lecturing at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), it became apparent that one of his favorite students, Joseph Kaberuka is also suffering from similar back issues. One of our Christ’s Church in Rwanda (CCR) members is Dr. Emmanuel Nkusi, a neurosurgeon. Please keep Joseph Kaberuka and Dr. Emmanuel Nkusi in your prayers as we seek to find an answer for Joseph’s pain.
(To read more about Dr. Nkusi’s work see today’s New Times at http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=14586&article=39872.)
3. Last month saw the successful launch of a second worship service at CCR. With it has come increased attendance and also increased spiritual seeking and fellowship. May God be honored. Also, may CCR continue to grow into all that God intends.
4. Our oldest daughter, Sophia last month was accepted into her first choice for a future university, Wheaton College. We are facing the future with both hope and holy fear. God has blessed us beyond measure with experiences and friends, but we are puzzled about how Sophia’s education will be financed. This is a season for God’s glory to be shown. May God richly display His providence through Sophia’s education.
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support that empower our family to serve in Rwanda.
Imana ikurinde (May God Stay With All of You),
Dave and Jana