In Rwanda, In Iowa, In Prayer, In the Mail

Latest in Rwanda

It’s cool to know that we are joining a ministry that adapts to the changing needs in Rwanda. While I’ve told most of you about our Pastoral Training School, our ministry saw a need for an additional program. Starting in January, we will begin offering a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership.

Pray that God will bring the right 20-35 students into the school. Often, Rwandans wait until the last minute to submit their applications for these things, but applications are already starting to arrive. We are also excited to learn that the program is drawing leaders from the church, government, and non-profit sectors.

Our building is mostly finished!

Our building is mostly finished!

Iowa Adventure

When we lived in Colorado, our first impression of Iowans was how genuinely kind they are, and we were not disappointed upon visiting the state. We spent 13 days, presented in three cities at two Sunday school classes, one church service, one youth group, one regional prayer meeting, one group of seniors, two Bible studies, one special missions gathering, and four individual meetings.

In all our meetings, we asked folks to pray and ask God to show them how He wants them to be involved. We have 36 families who expressed interest in this ministry. Pray for us as we follow up with these families over the next few days.

It seemed too pretentious to pose for a picture while presenting in Iowa, so here are pictures of Grace playing instead:

We aren't really cat people, but somehow, Grace decided, in August, that she would be a black cat for Halloween.  And she stuck with the idea.  Props to Krystal for the homemade ears.  Too cute!

We aren’t really cat people, but somehow, Grace decided, in August, that she would be a black cat for Halloween. And she stuck with the idea. Props to Krystal for the homemade ears. Too cute!

Iowa has some amazing play grounds, but this one had climbing equipment shaped like 6 different animals, 4 of which were deadly African animals (snake, hippo, croc, elephant).

Iowa has some amazing play grounds, but this one had climbing equipment shaped like 6 different animals, 4 of which were deadly African animals (snake, hippo, croc, elephant). “Grace, go play with the frog.”

We were blessed to visit and stay with friends with kids Grace’s age. She was a trooper, traveling and adapting well. We are blessed! Unfortunately, potty training took a step backward…

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On Prayer

One of my hang-ups with prayer has been how it works with God’s sovereignty. If God has a decided plan, what difference do my prayers make? However, according to Andrew Murray, “In reality, the immutability of God’s counsel is ever still in perfect harmony with His liberty to do whatsoever He will.” What is more, He “keeps Himself free to give every human prayer its place in His government of the world.”

Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers.

Snail Mail

We are sending out a special physical letter for Christmas. We’d love to send you one! If you want to be on the list, send me an email with your physical address.

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2 thoughts on “In Rwanda, In Iowa, In Prayer, In the Mail

  1. Sure thing. I’ll send it to you on FB. I didn’t put it here because I forgot that some people get here without the monthly email “reminder” with a link to this blog. Most people arriving HERE came from their inbox in the first place. I’m glad you’re keeping up with and praying for us!

    A reminder to all, some special updates and prayer requests only get sent out by email. To receive those, click the “Subscribe!” link in the right column (of the non-mobile webpage). I’m going to have to fix that for mobile viewers.

    Here’s the subscribe link:
    http://eepurl.com/gtgYX

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