This has always been the planned third post in this series. (The first and second posts are here and here.) It has taken on a bit of a different slant, now. (Not only because my sanity might be in question.)
We have met and worked with some really incredible people in Rwanda. We moved out to the village Ryabega over 4 years ago with 3 other families we hardly knew to pioneer this project. We have wildly different backgrounds (including 6 nationalities), experiences, education, skills, theology, and personalities.
Professionally, it has often been difficult to work through issues of direction and how to get there – but we have consistently come up with better solutions together than we would have alone. The variety of skills and passions across our team has allowed us to have impact and insight into various areas. It has been a privilege and an honour to serve alongside such excellent individuals.
Personally, these people are my dear friends. We have walked together through more than our share of tragic and dramatic.
I would far rather be the one helping than the one needing help – but in these last months especially, these people have generally been there for me before I have even asked. And on the occasions when I have asked, they have responded without hesitation.
There have also been all of the
ordinary, daily experiences: coffee and cake (CAKE!! you have no idea how good cake can be when you rarely get treats); parenting advice, support, and encouragement; and practical help (once we had invited everyone over for a meal, and I went outside to find two of the guys replacing the broken backflow valve on our watertank).
And they loved my child. They played with her, valued her, and helped us be better parents. Their kids played with Beatrix, and she adored them. (They are great kids.)
There are more pictures, and so many more memories, but I think this is a good selection. When we were thinking of moving to the village to work on this project, we knew that we couldn’t do it alone, and that we would only go if others came to work here, too. But we had no idea we would meet, live and work with such incredible people.