November was a tough month for us here in Kigali. Val was very ill for about 3 weeks and we still don’t know exactly what it is that she had. A South African doctor friend who has been here for decades believes it was Dengue Fever. We are very grateful that she is now better and back teaching at KICS.
Val added a few extra rehearsals to make up for her sick time for the ‘International Departures’ play that was performed this week. There were over 30 middle and high school kids in it and it was a huge success which sold out both nights. What a great community building event it was!! Brendan choreographed a stomp dance and sang a beautiful duet in the play. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun.
The Ibyishimo Sewing Coop have been taken on by a social enterprise group Indigo from the US and they just got another big order which will be a nice extra boost for the 12 families in our church who are benefiting from this business. We sold 10 turkeys for US thanksgiving and the corn on our model farm is growing amazingly. We are looking forward to extending our ‘well watered gardens’ in January and adding bananas to the mix. An Irishman growing bananas in Rwanda; who would have thought?
The ESL training with our 20 sponsored students and 15 or so other local students is going great and we are now working on letters to all the sponsors. It has been such a lot of fun teaching these very bright young men and women who we hope will be the future leaders of the Rwandan Vineyard church.
We are so excited to be having Joel coming to visit us this Christmas and we are all looking forward to a well earned break and getting rested up for all that the new year has in store for us.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters for making it possible for us to continue God’s work here in Rwanda and allowing us to impact so many lives for God’s glory. We are indeed blessed. Our regular monthly support has been consistently about $1000 short each month which has been largely covered by one off donations. Please pray about making a one-time donation or becoming a monthly supporter and help us to continue to be a blessing for God’s Kingdom here in Rwanda. May the joy of this beautiful season bless each of you and your families this Christmas.