A Day in the Life of “Rwanda Jen”

My friend, Theophile, has told me he has 3 wishes for me:

 1) That I get fat…so when I go back, everyone will know I was well taken care of in Rwanda.                                                                                                          2) That I get married (you are something of a second class citizen here if you are single after a certain age).                                                                              3) That I become “Rwandese.”

I told him “no” to the first wish (that I didn’t think it would help me with wish #2); “ok” to the second; and “maybe” to the third.  :)

So…today I will write about my life as a “temporary Rwandese.”

6:00am – Wake up.  Spend some time doing a devotional/in God’s Word and praying.  Perhaps shower/perhaps not  :)   Eat breakfast – usually peanut butter (not made in Rwanda) on bread with a couple small Rwandan sweet bananas 

7:30am – Walk down to the primary school (just a short walk…not more than 5 minutes and all downhill).  Participate in morning exercises/warm-up  (very cute with all the kids).  Help out in one of the classrooms (Nursery 1, Nursery 2, P1, P2, or P3) 

10:00isham – “Recess”…which usually involves about 6 kids trying to hold my hands at the same time!  :)  Then back into a class…for math, Kinyarwanda, English, French, etc (& a little science, social studies, etc)

Noon – School is done…and I am tired!  Lunch (usually on my own back at the guesthouse…which is a short walk, but all uphill).  Then head to Solace…usually walk 15 minutes to the “taxi” (bus) stop…though have taken a “moto” (motorcycle taxi) a couple times (they are everywhere and very convenient, but not as cheap…and a little scary)

2:00pm – Help out around Solace (responding to e-mails regarding rooms at the guesthouse, editting a “Guesthouse Guidelines” sheet to put in each room, interviewing various ministry heads so I can use the information in a newsletter and brochure, etc…even helped clean rooms one day)

5:00pm – Head back to the German Guesthouse (harder to find a spot in the bus – as it is, they cram about 19 people in a van!  But, surprisingly not smelly). Dinner is sometimes out at a restaurant or otherwise prepared by the guesthouse – always very good.  Typical Rwandan food includes: rice, beans, chips (fried potatoes/French fries), a little bit of tough beef, and “sauce” (not really sure what’s in it, but it is good over rice and beans)…with bananas and pineapple for dessert      

6:30pm – Sunset.  Journal, e-mail, read (I’m on my fourth book, which is amazing for me)

Anywhere between 8pm-1:00am – Go to sleep (anyone who knows me well knows it is much more likely to be before 10pm!)

Then start all over again the next day!

Actually, this routine is switching up now.  The students took exams last week. That means that they are off through Friday of this week so that the teachers can prepare their reports.  They come back on Friday to get their reports, and then they have about a 3-week holiday before the next term begins.  The school year currently does not run Sept-June like ours does; however, I have heard that it used to and that they may be going back to that system. 

So…for my last 2.5 weeks here, I will spend more of my time at Solace.  I hope to finish putting together a newsletter and brochure for them as well as visit their clinic (just as a visitor; not as a patient!) and at least one of the 56 communities they have around the country.  Tomorrow I will also spend some time with some of the women of the church who will be making the famous paper bead necklaces.  Cool!  This weekend we will visit another church in the north.  And I am interested in visiting one of the other genocide memorials before I depart.  So…I’m sure my time will fill up quickly and go by fast.

Please pray today especially for Theophile and his responsibilities.  He is the headmaster of the primary school, oversees 8 churches in the Kigali area, and has a family of 5 daughters.  In all three of those areas, the needs are SO great and the resources are SO few.  The cool thing though is that when I ask about the needs, he always says that the number one need is for prayer.  :)

God bless,


Written by jenblevins in: Blog - 2011 Rwanda Service Trip |

1 Comment »

  • jenblevins

    Hi Meghan,

    Thanks for the comment! And your prayers!

    Did you get the e-mail I sent for Olive and Claudette?

    Miss you guys too,

    Comment | July 30, 2011

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