Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!  In the U.S., it is Independence Day today.  In Rwanda, it is a holiday as well – Liberation Day.  Rwanda celebrated its Independence Day on Friday, July 1.  So this has been a long holiday weekend, with no school on Friday or today.  On Friday, I saw truck loads of army and police leaving an event at the nearby stadium.  I’m not sure what events might be planned for today.

I am using a computer on loan from the church’s temporarily closed cyber cafe.  Very nice of Pastor Esron to let me use it.  Unfortunately, it has not been working so well for me the past few days.  So, I am going to make this brief…just in case of any problems. 

The highlight of this long weekend was a special women’s service that I went to with Kezia.  We drove a few hours to a rural church, the last bit of it along a very rough road (the team knows what kind of road I mean!).  The church was located near the area where Pastor Esron and Kezia grew up.

The church was packed with women from about 12 churches in the region!  An older woman dressed all in white led the service.  She is the women’s leader for the region, and I immediately liked her.  She wore something of a tiara in her hair, was full of smiles and energy, and gave me some good hugs!  Several of the churches had choirs sing and dance.  It was fun to see the different matching outfits they wore.  

A “mama” friend of Kezia’s came with us and spoke on Esther – how we should be women after Esther’s heart…women who are important not just for ourselves, but for the impact we can have on the life and salvation of others.  It was good.  Kezia was the key speaker.  I was asked to share something as well.  I just shared very briefly about some of the worries I had about details of my time here and how each morning God had been blessing me with a devotional and/or Bible verse that was exactly what I needed.  One of them is one of my favoriate verses – Jeremiah 29:11-13.  It is such a good reminder and comfort!

OK – this is longer than I had intended.  I wanted to attach a picture or 2, but the computer is not cooperating again.  Until next time…enjoy your parades, boat rides, and barbecues today!



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