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Waiting, Working, and a Miracle

Hi, there.   This is Christina writing.   Today was full of mixed emotions as we continued our concern for Peggy’s healing and trip home with John.   At this writing their return itinerary is still uncertain.   Neal and John are working hard to obtain the needed reports and releases.   Peggy’s attitude and physical response has been amazing.   She has expressed more concern for the uninterrupted continuation of the Good Rain projects than her own circumstances.   

Along with the Bishop’s wife, Miriam and our translator, Angel, I traveled today to Kabunga, a growing suburb east of Kigali.   We drove through an upscale neighborhood with very large homes under construction.   We passed several affluent, very well-resourced schools, as well as a huge petroleum storage and distribution plant.   Then as the roads grew more narrow and bumpy, we came upon Pastor Aimee’s church next to a banana tree orchard.   The Harvest Christian Church in Kabunga is also made of mud brick, situated on government property, next to a neatly cultivated small garden and a very large cow in its stall.   Inside the small but colorfully lit church, women sang loud praise songs (with an awesome drum), and welcomed us exuberantly.  

For the next 1 ½ – 2 hours I spoke about the amazing Body of Christ, the Church, and how God has arranged the different parts as it pleases Him.    We talked about how there are many unique parts (people with different gifts) working together as ONE, functioning with synergy and unity to accomplish God’s purposes and mission for the local church.    The women shared their different roles in the church: Deacon, Singer (choir member), Treasurer, Committee Member, and Cleaner (!).   I affirmed each role, the spiritual implications of their tasks, and the qualities essential to each servant-leader.   We concluded that each role is distinct, but equal in value…one not greater or lesser in importance.   

Many gave testimonies of God’s amazing intervention and faithfulness.   They told of how blessed they are to have a pastor like Pastor Aimee, and also prayed powerfully for Peggy…declaring that she would return and dance/sing on her feet this time next year.  

Pastor Shane continued to teach the pastors today at the Zeraphath church, concluding James and also teaching the basics of crafting a topical bible study.   Jerry continues to impress with his devotions and teaching.   Neal and Bishop Theophile were juggling many details concerning the bags of rice and solar projects.   The day was extremely hot which makes focus and alert learning a challenge.   Another pastor learned today that his sister died, leaving behind a one-year old child.   Life in Rwanda is very hard, especially life in the rural areas.   

Thank you for reading, but especially for praying.   It seems like we’ve been here much longer than just a few days.   Peggy and John continue to show their true character of trust in God and grace under fire.   We are amazed and pray for their soon, safe return.    

Christina
PS – We got word that tonight that when they brought the coffin for the Pastor’s sister to be buried, that she woke up.  Wow.  We are still processing, but PtL is definitely in order.

Comments(7)

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    Peggy Coffey says

    Continued prayers….and regarding Pastor’s sister “waking up”?…. we have such an awesome and faithful God who just loves to show up when His people least expect it. Such high praises…

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    Rob Kilgus says

    Praying for Peg and her and John’s safe return. Thanks to you all for your efforts to spread the word in Rwanda. It is great to read the blog each day and see what God is doing there. Take care and God bless! Rob

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    Pat Gallier says

    Christina,

    What an amazing day all of you experienced. PTL for his steadfastness, love, faithfulness and the joy that all of you are having because of this wonderful time together in Rwanda. We continue to pray for all of you.

    Mom

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    sue mcdaniel says

    Prayers going forward as your week ends and you prepare to come home. By now you are all exhausted…….. long, long hot days and nights but the work of the Lord keeping you all excited as you touch these people with the word of the Lord. Prayers for Peggy and John in particular for relief of pain for Peggy and for their trip back home and for the team as they end their time with our dear Rwandans.

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    Janet Rogers says

    Continuing to pray for Peggy and John’s safe return as well as for the entire team.

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    St Jeans says

    God shows himself in many ways. Praying for all. You are on our hearts and minds.

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    Mônica Sakai says

    Great to read about what God is doing through you there. I miss you family. Many trials here, but the Lord delivers us from all of them. God is faithful and though things don’t go as we plan, His plans for us and His Way is perfect. Trust and obey. Love Him and be loved by Him. Taste and see that The Lord is good. Looking forward to see you soon.
    Blessings in Christ,
    Mônica

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