Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Dear Family and Friends,

Our family has spent the last 18 years of our lives intimately involved in church development in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. There are days that are thrilling. There are days that are tedious. There are days that are bewildering. On occasion a few matters that have been years of vision bearing, prayer, and labor come together.

One of the metaphors of God’s intent for the church is the Family of God. As Paul writes the Thessalonians he encourages them to live a settled life of humility, love, and labor (1 Thessalonians 4:9-11).

Practically, we’ve found that as we have sought to do what is good for families God has gone far beyond our humble efforts. Less than a week ago, Sophia graduated from KICS (Kigali International Community School). Her graduation was one of our most fulfilling moments since entering this region. Words can’t express our amazement at what God has done through Sophia and our community.

If you would like to read the whole story check out our blog at

Words seem short of the experience so you can see photos at

As we reach the season where Sophia will soon be leaving us, God has brought another into our home. Gabriel Mugisha has gained 25% of his body weight in just 17 days in our home. He is a testament to God’s intent for humanity to live in family. If you would like to see the most recent Gabriel photos they are on our blog at

With the experience of both Sophia’s graduation and Gabriel’s involvement in our family we find ourselves treasuring many things in our heart and prayerfully thanking God for all He has done. We ask this month for you to join us in thanksgiving for the last 18 years while beseeching Him for the future of children such as Gabriel Mugisha.

Thank you for your prayers and support that support our family and ministry.

Imana ikurinde (May God Stay With All of You),

Dave and Jana

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