May: An Evening with Friends and VBS
Last month, after our Midland Supporters Meet & Greet event, Pastor Aflred and I got to drive up to Kansas and spend an evening with our friends at the First Baptist Church in Cimarron, KS. We shared about the joys -and the sorrows- of the ministry in Rwanda over the past year. It was such a blessing to be among this church, who's chasing hard after Jesus!
Among other things, their church family raised $500 to help build a structurally sound church in Rwanda. A couple months ago, the
Rwandan government shut down an estimated 7,000 churches across the country, citing safety reasons for the closures. Our partners, Bethammi Christian Fellowship Church had 2 of their 6 churches closed- both of which were tent churches that served the Nyemesheki community. So now there are over 700 adult worshipers and about 1300 children without a place to meet and it will take an estimated $30,000 to build they type of structure that would be approved by the government. But we serve a big God and we believe that their church will be back to praising and preaching soon. More on that in the next update.
And then THIS really blessed our hearts- the kiddos in the 1st Baptist Vacation Bible School also wanted to help. So they competed daily throughout their program, boys vs girls, to see who could bring the most pennies, dimes, and quarters- with the proceeds going to the Nyemesheki Church, pictured below. Thank you, Jesus, for these precious children and their gift that they are sowing into Your Kingdom!