Good Rain Team 2 is up and running – well, maybe more like walking – in Kigali! Such a beautiful country filled with gracious people! This is the first I’ve been back since I broke my leg in 2016, so I received a very warm welcome from Pr. Theo’s family and the pastors. One of the women pastors said to me, “We are your family, you are our mother. I am your daughter, you are my mother.” How does one respond to such an honoring, loving remark! I had forgotten the humility we feel here, when just our very presence means so much to these dear brothers and sisters. I don’t think they comprehend how much they teach us!
We are awaiting the arrival of our last team member, Lucy, who was detained back home. She’ll arrive your time on Saturday evening around 6:30 pm, which is 1:30 am Sunday morning here. Hopefully, she’ll get to sleep quickly, as even on Sunday, we have a full day ahead. Lucy, David, John and I will go with Shane, who’s preaching at the Zarephath Church (where the pastors’ teaching happens). Later, Christina, Lucy, and I will meet with our first group of women also at Zarephath.
While we’re waiting for Lucy, we’re preparing for tomorrow and next week, and later today will visit the Kimironko Market to buy fabric as presents for the pastors’ wives to take home and make dresses. John is repairing a few broken solar panels that the pastors brought with them – hopefully he brought enough replacement parts with him, or he’ll be looking for more in the market area. He’s also checking that all the new ones he brought are working properly before handing them out to those who haven’t received one yet. He had his first “Solar Panel Operation 101” class yesterday!
We anticipate a joyful and prayerful time of worship tomorrow and pray the same for you at Hope Chapel. Imana ibahe umugisha! (God bless you!)