I’m still here!

Hello All,

This is Jen.  Sorry it has been awhile.  Just trying to get settled into a routine here.  Today I moved to the German Guesthouse in Remera.  ALARM was great – very quiet and everyone was very friendly and helpful.  However, it was kind of far away from everything.  I am now within just a few minute walk of the church and primary school in Remera!  And a little walk in the other direction leads me to a town center where I can find most things I might need…including the cyber cafe where I now sit!  :)

This first week by myself has taught be a lot about being alone and being quiet – probably both good lessons for me.  :)  I have been helping out in the primary school in the mornings (until noon).  At least I am trying to help – I realized I really don’t know what teachers in the U.S. teach 4 & 5 year olds!  So…I am observing a lot and (hopefully) helping a little.  :)  I am amazed at what they do accomplish with almost no supplies (they don’t even have a blackboard eraser for each classroom and have to share)!  The students are well-behaved and are learning English well.  They definitely know more English than I know Kinyarwanda!   But I am learning, too.  :)

On Wednesday I will meat with Jean, the director of Solace.  The guest house at Solace is the first place we stayed.  However, they are much more than a guest house.  It is a whole ministry focused on reconciliation.  Jean and I have been e-mailing, but we haven’t yet had a chance to meet.  He has some ideas of how I can help them while I am here as well.  I look forward to hopefully staying busy at the school in the morning and maybe at Solace in the afternoons…with some excursions to other places along the way.  I do hope to get back up to the secondary school in Butaka to do some teaching there as well.

OK – I think that is it for now.  Byron and the McBrides should all be back in the States now.  I pray they made it back safely, had a good trip, and are adjusting to the time change!  And I believe Rick, Shane, and Rick return from South Africa perhaps tomorrow!  Please pray for them as well!

Thanks for keeping us all in your prayers!



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