Monday, August 1, 2011


Dear Family and Friends,

Our family has just returned from one of our yearly highlights, the Kumbya Retreat. Rwanda has a wonderful history. One of the more captivating of Rwanda’s stories is of the East African Revival beginning in a little out of the way mission point called, Gahini in the 1930’s. The Revival changed the history of faith in Sub-Saharan Africa; if not the entire world.

One of the fruits of the Revival was a yearly retreat for missionaries on the Kumbya Peninsula of Lake Kivu which began in 1944. As the flames of Revival spread the Protestant missionaries chose not see one another as rivals. Thus they began the Kumbya Retreat so that once per year all could gather for prayer, fellowship, and renewal. This Retreat has been an under told story of Rwanda that has fanned flames of revival and unity throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Last week we were again thankful to be a participant. When we reach the Resurrection we will thank the generations who went before us for their foresight to establish such a retreat.

During the last week Dave sensed it was time to be still and listen. His Bible kept coming to Psalms. He opened to a passage Jana had shown him 21 years ago as they dated. “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4. New International Version 1984.)” Truly, this verse has been one that has guided our journey. As we found delight in God He gave us our deepest desires.

This month will be one of great stretching and faith building as God transitions our family and ministry. We ask for your prayers about the following matters:

1. Sophia and Dave plan to travel to the United States to enroll Sophia in Wheaton College on August 11 for a Wheaton start date of August 18. We continue to have one divine appointment after another that directs us to Wheaton. However, our funding is still less than required. May God’s honor be shown through this journey.

2. Gabriel Mugisha continues to keep us young. As a premature baby there are challenges. Yet, we sense Gabriel is God’s messenger for our family and CCR. He now weighs 3.085 kilos (6 pounds 12 ounces.) We thank God for his continued growth and ask for God to protect Gabriel’s health.

3. This Sunday Dave and Jana will continue a discussion at CCR concerning a potential ministry to incorporate the most vulnerable children into families
(If you would like to read the proposal check out our blog at

May God guide CCR to become all that He intends and display His nature of Adoption.

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

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

Dave and Jana

P.S. During the Kumbya Retreat there is a swim of 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) to a nearby island. Our children; Sophia, Caleb, and Ruth all completed this long swim. God has made them strong in mind, body, and spirit.

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