Visitors, YWAM team, Kirundi, Genesite and Flame workshops in Buye

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Visitors, YWAM team, Kirundi, Genesite and Flame workshops in Buye
Greetings! I hope this finds you well. This last month has been very full. I hosted the YWAM Belfast DTS outreach team for 2½ weeks – see below. I was also really blessed over Easter to have my dear friend Sheron who lives in Nairobi visit. It was great to catch up and relax together as well as share our visions and compare life in E Africa.

I have felt quite excited a few times recently when I have grasped some Kirundi structures and simple phrases. It’s a long journey and rather lonely but feeling like you’re making a little bit of progress is encouraging! Lessons have been sporadic as my tutor is often out of town for 2 weeks a month – I haven’t found an additional. I try to practise with different folk and continue using the workbook I have. I hope to go to a course at the French Cultural Centre but they keep changing the dates! Next week I will visit Karuzi and Buhiga with Georgette Butera who is currently staying with me so I should be able to practise more.

Whilst there I hope to visit the family of a friend, Genesite in the internally displaced people’s camp. If you have my prayer card, you will have seen Genesite and me. She died last week, leaving 3 dependent grandchildren.

This month I am thrilled to be joining Flame Int., with my Rema colleague Frederic, for a 5 day healing workshop in Buye Diocese (Anglican).

I will be visiting England from 20th June for just over a month (with a longer visit in 2010) for the iNet missions’ conference, meetings, speaking in churches and seeing family and friends. Please be in touch soon if you would like to try to meet.
YWAM Belfast DTS share at Catholic peace and reconciliation week
The highlight of the YWAM time in Bujumbura was a week at Mont Sion, a Catholic mission. (I was introduced to them by Spec, a former intern with Rema.) In the mornings they helped at an orphanage; the afternoons were spent sharing about peace and reconciliation with youth – which were then televised. It culminated with us sharing at the Mass of 5000 people, followed by a peace and reconciliation concert. The team, 3 of whom came from Belfast, Israel and S Africa, shared testimonies of how God has helped them forgive. I cannot overstate the warmth of welcome we received from our Catholic brothers and sisters.
Prayer Points:
- Genesite’s grandchildren – provision and comfort.
- Flame healing workshop: protection, anointing, sensitivity to the Spirit and deep healings.
- Real focus for the weeks before I return to UK – to achieve all God wants.
- Confidence in using the Kirundi I am learning.