settling into life in Burundi

Alison_28_march_2011_001 Posted by Alison Gill on Fri, 23 Jan 2009 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Thanks so much for praying and all your encouragements these past few days. I had a very straight forward journey to Burundi on Wednesday. It was pretty emotional saying goodbye to my parents at Gatwick but really good to have had them there. I was met by 7 lovely people at the airport in Bujumbura: Theo Mbazumutima, whose family I am currently staying with, Freddy who leads Youth for Christ, Meg who was on my DTS in Belfast and now works for Simon Guillebaud, 2 ladies from YFC and a friend of Theo’s! “Finally you have arrived after all these years!” Yes, it’s completely amazing. We stood outside the airport and sung ‘God is so good’ in Kirundi and gave thanks to God that that day had finally arrived!

Today I’ve met with my Kirundi language tutor and colleague in Rema, Frederic Harerimana, to arrange some tuition. We start on Monday as today he has gone to do some seminars on the border with Congo. I also need to make contact with the French cultural centre about having some more French lessons there.

I hope to meet with someone about some short term accommodation today. Please pray for wisdom as to if and how long I should be there and pray that something with other Christians around my age would come up in the not too distant future.

I have sent a few books and other things by air freight which should arrive on Tuesday morning, c/o Rema Ministries. I was unable to get any insurance because going via Kenya and coming to Burundi is seen as too high risk. Would you pray that they would get through without any problems? They are not valuable financially but they are precious in that I will need them for my work and cannot get hold of them here!

Things seem pressured financially around the world but here everything has gone up so much and because the £ has gone down so much against the $ the exchange rate for Burundi francs is much lower. When I was here in April there was around 2236 francs to the £ and it is now 1695. Despite this, I’m finding that people seem joyful and are praising the Lord.

I will send out my usual monthly email at the beginning of February.

Thanks so much for your prayers and love. I wish you all God’s richest blessings as you seek to serve Him.


Mavis said Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:20PM
Hi Alison Glad to know that you have 'finally' arrived in Burundi! Look forward to hearing all your news. Praying that your accommodation, language studies, friendships and luggage will all be sorted very quickly. God bless. M+D+H xxx