As of today, Thursday, co-worker Eric Flaa will be on home assignment to get married, reconnect with supporters, and debrief his first term. With his departure, I will be stepping in as the Acting Director of New Creation Ministries. Taking a good share of the work, though, will be a Rwandan colleague, Jean Bosco, and another WorldVenture Missionary, Gary Bennett. Pray for us, as we, three, carry our own work load, and take up more responsibility.
In the past 12 months our staff meeting has changed from 14 to 9. We have lost 6 regular staff at NCM: (1 retired, 1 returned to US for pastoral ministry, 1 resigned to dedicate his time to pastoral ministry, 2 in the US for medical reasons, and 1 just now going on home assignment), and gained 1 (dedicated to teaching PTS). In the next five months, we are hopeful to have two return from medical leave and one new arrival to work with NCM from a partnering mission organization. ALL THE MATH! But really, it is change and transition, and unsettling. More importantly, Rwandan culture fears uncertainty. Pray especially for our Rwandan colleagues in this time of transition.
Sunday marks the 25thanniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda. Join us in prayer for our Rwandan colleagues and friends who still bear the scars, mental and physical, of that time. Rwanda has come so far, but there is still a long way to go to see the Gospel transform and heal.
We are going to the triennial East Africa Spiritual Life Conference in Kenya next week. Please keep us in prayer as we have time to reflect and grow spiritually, and reconnect with our leaders at the WorldVenture Home Office.
That meeting will be followed immediately by a family vacation. Krystal’s mom, Shari, will join us in Kenya with her new husband, Grandpa Steve. Okay, his name is really Steve, but he’s the first grandpa any of our children have ever known, so there is some excitement. Pray for traveling mercies all around. Traveling with young children is not easy, and vacations can sometimes be more work than fun (for the parents). Pray that this time is restful and refreshing, and a time of joyful meeting, reuniting, and growing deeper all around.