Sunday, December 4, 2011


Dear Family and Friends,

Ten days ago was American Thanksgiving. Our home was busy. We had over 70 guests. American holidays in Africa are treasured memories. In a certain way they come with more intensity and purpose. The number of American missionary, development workers, and business people in Rwanda has grown significantly in the last 6 years. Our home is one of those gathering points of celebration and thanksgiving. We count it a sacred joy.

Yet between celebrations we ran back and forth to King Faisal Hospital to be with our foster son, Gabriel Mugisha. He began having seizures on November 17. There is a cyst in his brain. We remember our faith, love Gabriel, and pray.

After spending 11 days at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali we decided to travel to Nairobi, Kenya to see a pediatric neurologist. Last Thursday, we had our first appointment with Dr. Miyanji (The Senior Pediatric Neurologist at Nairobi’s Aga Khan University Hospital.) He has ordered more tests. We will have our follow up visit with him on Tuesday, December 6.

We ask that through these holiday seasons you join us in the holy paradox of faith and prayer. Thank you so much for your prayers, support, and encouragement through this season.

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

Dave and Jana

P.S. If you would like more details about our journey with Gabriel you can check out our most recent blog postings at

P.S.S. The story of Gabriel has captured our community’s attention. Dave’s most recent Focus column can be read at

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