We are so pleased to announce the arrival of a baby boy to our good friend and our boys “Rwandan Mom”, Musengimana. We are looking forward to being reunited with her in August. Mother and baby are doing well.
We find ourselves back in that strange headspace of packing up one life and getting mentally ready to unpack the other. Val and Brendan will be leaving for Rwanda on July 30th and Pat will follow on August 13th. We have been blessed with a nice young couple to rent our house while we are away and many other things are coming together nicely for which we give thanks to the great provider. Joel, who graduates next week and begins University in September, will be staying with the Churchills who are dear friends. We are very grateful that he will be staying with this wonderful family. We continue to work towards raising funds for a reliable (not too old) vehicle when we get back to Kigali and this Saturday we are having a giant yard sale at our church on 1129 Sackville Drive to help with raising funds for that. Come one, come all.
The youth at the Halifax Metro Vineyard have been busy lately collecting unwanted jewelry in an effort to raise funds to sponsor a Secondary school student in Rwanda. They sold the donated ‘bling’ at the Vineyard regional conference in St. John last weekend and raised enough money to cover Erik’s tuition for the next 3 years. Way to go guys!
Erik is 20 years old and lost both his parents a number of years ago. He lives with a friend near our church and is a smart guy who speaks some English and would like to be a journalist. He is very determined and walks almost two hours to get to school each day.
This is a very positive connection between our Canadian and Rwandan youth that we would like see develop in new ways.
Antoine is home from two weeks in Nairobi where he took two courses with the Vineyard School of Ministry there. He really enjoyed the courses on ‘Church planting’ and ‘Father God and family’ and is looking forward to the next two courses in August. He spent the last evening in Nairobi with the Kenyan national leader Noah Gitau and his wife Mary. He has come away from this time feeling inspired and encouraged. Thanks to everyone in Kenya and the US who made this possible for him.
Much thanksgiving and rejoicing in the Finnerty home today as we received the news that Joel has secured a $16000 ($4000 per year for four years) scholarship to Dalhousie University in Halifax on academic ability. He also secured a $1200 bursary for this year. We are waiting to hear from some other possible scholarships in the hopes that he can go loan free. Thanks for your prayers.