Leaving UK and early days in Burundi

Alison_28_march_2011_001 Posted by Alison Gill on Wed, 04 Feb 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Greetings from Bujumbura, Burundi. I have finally arrived to live here! It is great.

Last month I was so blessed to have commissioning services in my Church in Brockley, London and Belfast. I so valued the prayer and encouragement and having so many of you there. Thank you so much!

I’ve been staying with my dear friends Théo and Christine. It’s been fun and great to be in a Burundian family at first. Unfortunately there does not seem to be any space in a Christian houseshare at present, so I think I will stay with some other friends whilst continuing to look.

I’ve begun Kirundi lessons which take place over 4 afternoons / week with the 4 mornings for private study, staff prayers and talking to people in Kirundi. I have arranged weekly French lessons and I also hope to do some networking.

Burundi feels so familiar. But living somewhere is very different from a short-term trip and there are many adjustments to make. I am trying to go slowly, take lots of advice and listen to God’s word for each decision. There are so many things on my heart to do and going slowly is a discipline but I pray will be beneficial.

Purchasing a car

Thank you so much to those of you who’ve already given generously towards me buying a car so that I can travel much more safely and cheaply. I currently have about £900. I’ve realised how the combination of the lower exchange rate of the £ to the $ and Burundi being landlocked and hardly producing anything (almost everything has to be imported across several borders – so cars keep their price) means a second hand car that works is going to cost at least $5000. I therefore still need to raise around £2500. I would love you to give towards this if you can. Please give via CMS Ireland.

Prayer points:

• Provision of accommodation which will be restful and enable hospitality.
• Speedy repairs of the conservatory in the house I share with my brother and peace for our tenant who is recently divorced.
• God’s comfort for my parents and family and God’s grace for me too.
• God’s help with acquisition of Kirundi and more French.
• Provision of a car that works well.
• Good integration into the community in Burundi and God’s wisdom in decisions.
• For food and other essentials to reduce in price and the Lord’s provision for those who are suffering in Burundi.