Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Ruth, Sophia, Martha, and Esther Tushabe dancing Rwandese in Uganda
Dear Family and Friends,

As our family processes 19 years in Africa and prepares for our new call to serve the Diaspora from Africa’s Great Lakes it is appropriate to remember, say thank you, and bless (   

 This month we request that you pray for God’s kindness to be abundantly shown to our historical partners.    (Many were involved so we ask forgiveness of those we neglect in this Prayer Bulletin).    Please this month ask God’s everlasting kindness to specifically reach these:

1.    Our overseeing congregations during the journey:

Toddler Ruth, Palm Sunday, Uganda
a.   Northern Light Church of Christ (formerly Brooklyn Center Church of Christ), Brooklyn Park, Minnesota:   When we were young and na├»ve they saw potential and gave us a start.     May God fill their congregation with the dreams of the young and new beginnings.

b.   North Central Church of Christ, Indianapolis, Indiana:   They were faithful during difficult seasons which God later would use to produce great fruit.    May God reward their faithfulness and bring great fruit in their midst.

c.   Quail Springs Church of Christ, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:  They gave us a safe place to heal and process, and stood by us as we discovered the courage to embrace Restoration ideals.   May they continue to be a safe place for healing that nurtures courageous ideals.

2.   Those who nurtured our God given gifts of shepherding thought leaders:

a.   World Radio, West Monroe, Louisiana:  Out of the blue they contacted us in 2001 to see if we would have interest in doing radio just at the point Monitor FM was getting off the ground.   They took risks, trusted, and encouraged.    May their sensitivity to God’s prompting continue.    May they be abundantly encouraged.    May their trust be rewarded by God’s providence.

b.   Oklahoma Christian University (OC): Again, an out of the blue phone call came in a season of transition.   The year (2004-2005) we spent at OC prepared us to follow the call of God to plant Christ’s Church of Rwanda (CCR.)    Then OC began the Presidential Scholars program to further nurture some of the brightest young Rwandan scholars.   May OC’s sensitivity to God ordained opportunities continue.   May OC continue to be a place to nurture missionaries and their dreams.

Rwandan Presidential Scholars at Hendrix Graduation
c.   Hendrix College Consortium:  The Presidential Scholars program rapidly grew to include 18 more colleges under the Hendrix college consortium in following years (    With this came a broadening of the influence of Rwanda on American universities and greater awareness of the wonder God was doing in Rwanda.    May Hendrix continue to nurture diverse unity, the acquisition of knowledge, and the telling of Rwanda’s God journey.

3.   Rwanda Outreach and Community (ROC) Partners:   From three families at a table going, “What should we do?” God did the extraordinary through a small group of Oklahoma friends at Quail Springs Church of Christ.    Now God is asking for us to go to a new place.    May the ROC leadership be filled with immense wisdom and foresight for the new season of God’s favor.

Mungu akubariki (May God bless you,)

Dave and Jana

P.S.   The ROC board is hosting a Celebration Blessing on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  in the Gotcher Room at the Gaylord University Center on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University for our family .    We would love for you to attend.   Following is a message from ROC Board Chairman, John Osborne,

Alain Shema, John Osborne, and Arlette Muhoza at OC Graduation 2010
Dear Friends,

Let me take this opportunity to invite you to a special celebration gathering to bless and commission the Jenkins family.  As many of you know, Dave, Jana, and their children returned to the United States in June for a season to respond to the needs of their family and with the vision to help grow ROC’s network of partners.  

Dave and Jana have been pioneers in Uganda and Rwanda for the last 19 years and your support and partnership have made that possible.  The Jenkins would like the opportunity to thank you for the partnership you shared with their family while they were in Africa.

We also want to take this unique opportunity to honor and bless the Jenkins family for their service, their devotion, and their faithfulness.  We know your presence would be very meaningful to them.

We are hosting the Jenkins Celebration Blessing on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the Gotcher Room at the Gaylord University Center on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University.  We will gather at 7:00 PM for dessert, tea, coffee, and fellowship.

We also plan to offer a “giving basket” as an opportunity to express our appreciation for the Jenkins and to help meet some of their needs during this transition.

I hope you can join us.

On behalf of the ROC Board,

John Osborne
ROC Board Chair
Mobile: 405-819-7181

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