Aug
06
2014
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trip 2014 return

It was a successful return today from Kigali, even though it started with a two hour delay (after boarding) due to a flat tire it was an uneventful return home. Thank you Delta & KLM.
I would really like thank all the people who made this trip a success.
Several organizations and individuals come to mind including but not limited to World Relief, Gate of Hope, Les Infants de Deau, Solace Ministries, EFCR, Dan, Brad, Gary, Eddie, a special thank you to Erson who put up with me for several days and all those who prayed for me on this trip.

Written by byronberry in: Current Projects |
Aug
04
2014
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trip 2014 day 7

As the days here are drawing to a close the trip is turning more to business than anything else however Esron and I spent some time together again and went to the Rwanda Business Expo. Like the State Fair you can get almost anything on a stick. We stopped in a restaurant tent for a lunch of Fish & Goat Kabobs.

Pray for continued improvement and peace in the country!

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Aug
03
2014
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trip 2014 day 6

Today was an somewhat relaxed day given that is Sunday, with his trustworthy driver Eddie, Esron picked my up and we again headed north this time he promised the road would not be so rough. I was glad to hear that since on Friday we broke something on his Toyota 4×4 because of the rough road. We went to a town called Byumba for worship at a new Church recently planted in that location and because it is now a town the government is requiring that the building be made of a durable material not mud brick. They have the foundation in but nothing else so we Praised God on the top of the mountain with the congregation sitting in the open and the dignitaries under a tarp to keep the sun off us. I read from Matthew 21:28 – 32 and then gave the testimony of how God though Jesus saved me and by the Spirit I have been brought to visit them. Esron preached a very good message from Ephesians 2:1 -8 about the saving Grace of God.

Following the service we were invited to Pastor Jean’s home for lunch consisting of potato, cooked cabbage, beans and peanut stew. The hospitality of people in Rwanda amazes me.

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Byumba that the church would continue to grow and they would be able to finish their building soon, pray for the men especially since very few men come to church even after their wives become believers,  this area practices ancestor worship believing their ancestors can help them in life, they set up shrines to them and when they come to Christ the believers get together and Praising God break down the shrines.

Not that anymore excitement was needed but Eddie got stopped on the way down the mountain for speeding, although I couldn’t tell what speed we were supposed to be going, when the officers saw there were pastors in the car the let us go.

Pastor Gerald (regional lead for that area) send his greetings to MGEFC!

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Aug
02
2014
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trip 2014 day 5

Traveled yesterday to Butaka where we stopped for a worship service at a church that we had provided funds for a roof, I brought them greeting from Maple Grove and complimented them for their great faith because this church started with just a few members and now has 150 adult attenders and let them know that their faith is known to God and now will be know in Maple Grove.

The roads have been improved dramatically however where the improvements stopped it was very rough &  slow travel, making our way over to the high school (COBUE) was at a pace not much faster than walking and Eddie the driver would have to stop occasionally to force the kids away from the vehicle because they would try to hitch a ride on the back.

One young boy is running along side and he says ” umazungo America” (white person) I respond yes and extends his hand and says “money!” to which I answer no money, his final words were “American without money not possible”. This response is all to common here although in Kigali fair skinned people are common enough that you don’t get that reaction, over time I suppose we have created this belief that we = $$ and Rwanda is not the first place for this.

I returned late and went to have dinner it the hotel close by where I ran into a couple of new friends which made it late by the time I walked back to the guest house.

Today I have one meeting at 3:00pm  so I grabbed a Moto (motorbike for hire) and visited the Genocide Museum,it is a very interesting place to visit.

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |

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