Rwanda build begins

9_rwandan_farmers Posted by AmeΩ: Rwanda 2010 on Fri, 30 Jul 2010 | 15 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Muraho from the Rwanda Team 2010

Sorry for not being in touch sooner . . . we are having a fantastic time but find it hard to get any internet connection . . . so here goes!

So we have now been in Rwanda for 6 days and we are all adjusting to the new culture. On Wednesday we went to a local memorial site about the Rwandan Genocide. There was mixed emotions about the memorial site but it gave us an insight into what happened, within the site their was a church and sadly this is where many people lost their lives when they thought they were going to safety but this is still used by Rwandans as a place of worship today.

On Thursday morning we visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali, this had a different set up and started with a tour around the outside of the building which had gardens representing different times that Rwanda has been through. Going through the inside of the centre we got an insight into what has happened in Rwanda and it looked at issues globally as well.

Despite what Rwanda has been through you can’t tell that there has been a genocide and people seem to get on so well together and live side by side and it is a country that is positive about its future. The divide at home in Northern Ireland is more noticeable!

On the way home from Kigali on Thursday we got a chance to stop in Emmanuel’s home and meet his family. The people in Rwanda are so welcoming and have so much faith in God. He said his home was our home.

Friday was a prep day for the upcoming youth camp next week and the English speaking service on Sunday morning. After our prep session we had the opportunity to spend time with some of the children from the local school, which is inside the compound. We spent some time blowing bubbles, playing with Daisy the puppet and playing games with balloons. The children were amazed at the bubbles and all the team enjoyed getting involved! In the afternoon we got to go for a walk into town, which is right outside the compound. We visited some of the local shops and were able to get some chocolate (Dairy Milk Bars!!)

When we got back from town we were approached by an American Teacher who was taking an English class onsite and we got the opportunity to join in and chat to the Rwandan students in small groups to help them practice their English. This was a brilliant experience!!

On Saturday we went to the Tanzanian border to see a waterfall and it is stunning, the scenery around it was beautiful so there were lots of photos taken!!

Today after days of prep we took part in a four hour long session of church! The first session was the English service, we were singing two songs that we had practiced and these went really well! After this we stayed in church for the Kinyarwandan service which lasted three hours! We thought that we were just there to watch but the next thing we were asked to come up and sing our songs again plus introduce ourselves in front of about 5 times the amount of people before! Even though the service was in kinyarawandan and we couldn’t understand a word of it, it was amazing! The youth choir and children’s choir were awesome and overall it was a really good and enjoyable service.

The youth camp is coming up soon so please pray for it, also for the talks and testimonies that the team will be doing and for all the people we will encounter during those 6 days!

The Matatoo

Well well well .. The Matatoo, we don’t think anyone can quite imagine what this is like unless they’ve been in it! Lets give an example 17 people in a 14 seat mini van look a like!
That might not seem too bad but considering the bus is about 1 meter wide!!! Its definitely an experience and one of the things we will all never forget about being in Rwanda.

Ps thanks for all the comments and thoughts, we really appreciate them . . . keep them coming!

Rwandan to Janette – Are you Steph’s mum?? Haha
Sam – Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Craig – Eughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Up to date news….

We are now half way through the youth camp and are all builders . . . you should see our muscles. Wayne and Craig are amazing putting their skills to work. Everyone is learning loads, walking miles for water, climbing mountains, squelching mud with their feet, tying bamboo canes to the house structure, making mud roll bricks and building the 2 houses. We will let you know more in our next blog. But just to let you know we are working flat out – up at 6 am and back at 5pm. We build in the morning and then share our teatimonies, sing, do dramas and give our talks . Phew it is exhausting just writng this stuff.!!!

Much love to everyone.

We love getting your messages!! xxx


David this is Dylan he says, ha ha we are going to pizza hut and he will keep you some for coming hone!!!! sorry i hope this does not make you feel hungry!!! Stephanie, dylan says hi to you too and wants to know are all the chilren only getting rice to eat!!! hope you are keeping well, take care, and God Bless, we are all thinking of you too. Your email on the blogg was fantastic we felt were right beside you all when we were reading it, well done to you all, you are a credit to your families and to God for doing such a wonderful job, can't wait to see the photos especially the children having fun with such a simple toy of bubbles!!! we all just don't appreciate what we have back here in Ireland. Keep up this incredible work you are all doing. We love you so much. Love Mum and Dad xoxoxo
Troy and Susanne Rowe said Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:40PM
Amazing, Sounds like a great trip and exciting to be there seeing the joys and struggles of the people. How are the muscles on Julie Currie's arms? Blessings, Troy and Susanne
sandra geary and family said Fri, 30 Jul 2010 07:45PM
Was expecting your call at the precise moment you rang, always said I was telepathic.Donna is more a hoot at this than me, I had 2 get her 2 erase some last time.Nacho went home this morn so I get a wee rest now from all d running.Got her accom sorted in Gal again, thank goodness.Craig says HI.Think we waiting 4 u 2 come home 2 do this reseeding!!Nanny says HI also.Glad ur eating well and missing my home cooked dinners, think i'll send them all out their:)
Julie's mum said Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:16PM
Hi Julie,Mum here Good to read about how well its all going with you and the team. Believe there's a sudden boom in the construction industry right where you are in Rwanda,houses on the up and up! "God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform" a passing Rwandan maybe thinks as he observes you at work! Anyway we've been getting a few things done too.Looking forward to showing you, daughter dear!!! Lots of love..........Mum.
Harry said Sat, 31 Jul 2010 05:27PM
Hi there Julie, Great to get your text. Thanks for that! Keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing you again on the 9th of August. All the very best for the rest of your time in Rwanda. Lots of Love. Harry.
John and Denise said Sun, 01 Aug 2010 10:16PM
Weary way Julie, Glad you are enjoying Rwanda. Great to hear about your building and the oppurtunities for testimony. It most have been difficult seeing the memorials to the genocide but important to keep expressing God's love in a broken world. We hope you will be richly blessed in your last CSMI venture and remember with joy the enthusiasm and hard work you brought to your job.God bless and keep safe. Love John and Denise
Gillian and gary said Mon, 02 Aug 2010 10:34AM
Wow! We exhausted Reading this! Sounds an amazing time would love to be a fly on the wall with the house building! Great to hear you all getting stuck in literally! Church sounds fab! Daniel and bethan the welshies say hi and Kate is so jealous! Sorry u gotcut off ! Sad! We all good here. Keep up the great work! O tell daisy she's got a new uncle! Prof Einstein, we got given a new puppet!!!!!
Victoria Harrison said Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:25AM
Hey Julie, Dianne and the whole team Im just back from hols today and its great to read up on all the amazing things that the team is doing - sounds like you are making a real impact. Hope the camp has went really well, I bet there were lots of crazy dances and songs which you will begin to hear in your dreams you will have sang them so much. Anyway must go - dont let Julie and Dianee boss you too much!! (I know what they can be like) Keep up the good work (Wish I was there) Lots of Love and God bless Victoria
Michael said Mon, 02 Aug 2010 02:13PM
Hey there Janette and Julie!!! hope youre having a great time things are ok in the world of St A's! Missing ducks :( see you on the 9th of august! Michael (:
David & Ann said Mon, 02 Aug 2010 05:56PM
Hi Craig glad to here your doing so well at the building. Your mum has started a list of things she needs done when you get Only joking ....:) .Good to here you are getting plenty to eat. Everyone in church were asking after you all on Sunday and praying that you are all kept safe and well and With Gods grace you complete all the projects you set out to do. Not long to go now son the time has passed soooo quickly see you this time next week. Mum said how are you getting on with your highway code book you and Zoe should be ready to sit your theory test as soon as you get home.... Oh and don't forget your tablet on Wednesday. Work hard and keep safe son. Lots of love Mum and Dad...
sandra geary said Mon, 02 Aug 2010 08:49PM
Hi Wayne,d countdown is on, 7 days 2 go.Hope ur building surveying is coming in handy,maybe u wud b better at mud wrestling when u get home!Donna just dyed my fringe bright red!cool. radical.D pups got a reprieve, think d Lord is looking over them, vets were fully booked and now we ave homes for 5 of them.You will need a hol when u get home. Love you, talk soon, sleep well
Ruth Connor said Tue, 03 Aug 2010 12:38AM
Glad to hear that everything is going so well. It's amazing the amount that has been done in such a short time. Hard to believe that this time next week you'll all be home again. Enjoy the last week after your hard work and be sure to bring back loads of photographs cause there are so many people looking forward to seeing all you've been doing.
Pete said Tue, 03 Aug 2010 01:55PM
Bout ye! Sounds great time. Look forward to seeing you back soon - after I come back from hols! Dianne, Ulster play Bath on Saturday 13th August! God bless.
Pete said Tue, 03 Aug 2010 01:57PM
Hello Zzzzzzoe Beggssssssssssss
sandra geary said Wed, 04 Aug 2010 06:17PM
Hi us well r u well?hear ur in a hotel now relaxing, good on u all, ye deserve it. emma louise home from her 5 wks thurs night. Time is flying. hope 2 talk soon again. God Bless. ps. Dad wants 2 kno did ya c any gorrillas?

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