Busman's Holiday for classroom duo

Posted by Roger Cooke on Mon, 16 Jul 2012 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

At this time of year, everyone wishes they were a teacher or classroom assistant! But not everyone chooses to spend the full 8-week break away from the classroom. Two primary school classroom assistants – Rhonda Moroney, a parishioner of St. Donard’s in Belfast and Trudi-Ann Handley from Bangor Abbey – are currently taking part in a CMS Ireland STEP (Short Term Experience Placement) in Rwanda.

Rhonda and Trudi-Ann headed out to Rwanda on 5th July to spend three weeks working alongside one of CMS Ireland’s Global Partners – the Diocese of Shyogwe. They are spending the time working with the Diocesan Kindergarten and the Primary School and also hope to have some time with the Youth at Risk Project.

Before heading off on their African adventure, both Rhonda and Trudi-Ann expressed their gratitude for the encouragement and support they had each received from their own churches during the months of planning and preparation.

“We have been totally overwhelmed by the support and prayers of so many within our Parish congregations. It has been a humbling experience to be on the receiving end of heartfelt gifts towards the trip, even by children.”

One child in particular, when she heard about the Mission trip, decided she would have a modest Birthday celebration this year, and donated the money her parents would otherwise have spent on her birthday party, towards the Rwanda trip!

“We are excited and slightly fearful of the unknown; but are looking forward to experiencing a new culture, building relationships with individuals within the local church and being an encouragement to those whom we meet…”

Shyogwe is situated in the southwest area of Rwanda and is a member of the Eglise Anglican du Rwanda. Under the leadership of Bishop Jered Kalimba, the diocese has a strong focus on holistic mission. “Thy Kingdom come” is the diocesan motto, reflecting their desire to be involved in ushering in God’s Kingdom. The holistic approach adopted by the diocese to ministry and mission is reflected in the range of activities carried out by the church through Healthcare, Education, Community Development, Water & Sanitation as well as Discipleship. Continue to remember in prayer our Global Partners and link Parishes which support the Diocese of Shyogwe.

Please remember Trudi-Ann and Rhonda during their time in Rwanda. This is their first time in a developing world situation, so pray for protection in travel and for good health while they are there. Pray for opportunities to build fruitful relationships and that they will impact lives for the Kingdom of God.

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