Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I am looking forward to Christmas this year as we escape our religion of consumerism.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Preparing to leave

We are getting ready for the big move.

Our flights are booked for November 3rd!  
New Orleans to Chicago to Brussels to Kigali.
Good schedule.....hope the kids make it without massive melt downs!

Why are we doing this?

We believe we are compelled by Christ to pick up our cross and follow him.  

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.....I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of theses brother of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:31-46

The poor and needy search for water, but here is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.  But I the Lord will answer them;I, the God of Israel,m will not forsake them.  I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys.  I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs......so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Isaiah 41:17-20

Why Rwanda and East Africa?
We believe God has lead us here to serve the least of these brothers of His.  Our willingness to go and His provision of destination.

You're doing what??? Q&A

I love facebook.  It's a great way to keep up with acquaintances that I might not email directly.  The thing I like most about it also the thing I like the least.  You get little snippets of information about people.  Unfortunately the pieces are disconnected, and unless you follow up,  you might never get the whole story.  But something is better than nothing right?  

So, yes we're moving to Kigali, Rwanda (in Africa).  And lots of people have very similar questions.  I'll cover the basics here in more detail, so I won't get tired of writing it and "short" you after the hundredth reply.

I'll also try to keep this going once we're in Rwanda to post pictures and keep in touch with friends and family.  

Top ??????'s answered....

When do you leave?  Nov. 3rd, 2008

Why are you going?  We are working full time with Living Water International.  It is a mission organization dedicated to bringing safe drinking water and God's word to those in need around the world.  www.water.cc is the website if you'd like to know more.  MacGregor's job will be overseeing operations and development (aka fundraising) for projects in East Africa.

Is is safe?  Isn't Rwanda where they had a genocide?  Yes and yes.  One of the reasons it is so safe is because of the genocide of the early 90's.  The people of Rwanda have done a remarkable job of putting the past behind them.  They have made it a point to use their tragedy as a "never go back" learning experience.  The country is one of the most stable in Africa and has numerous organizations basing operations there.  Their goal is to become a model for other African countries.

Are you going to home school?  Not if I can help it.   Our kids have been accepted to the Kigali International Community School (KICS).  It is an international school which follows an American curriculum and schedule.  The student population is made up of Rwandan, American and international students.  Priority is give to missionary families 1st and NGO 2nd.  This is a picture of the school below. www.kicsrw.org

Where will you live?  We are planning to live in a 4 bedroom furnished apartment when we get there.  Get this, the name of the complex is "The High Standing apartments of the social security fund of Rwanda." but, as you can see it is quite nice.  We will look for a house to lease once we are there.  Living Water is shipping a container with our furniture and appliances.

What are you doing with your house at Lake Rosemound?  We plan to rent it out furnished, as a lake house, to a group of couples from church.

How long will you be there?  the foreseeable future.

When do you come back?  We'll plan to visit for two months in the summers.  We'll be stateside from June 16th to mid-August, 2009.

Are you excited?  Are the kids excited?  Are you nervous?  Yes, Yes, not really.... and I have not told the kids there is not a McDonald's in Kigali yet.  I'm more nervous about that.

I can't thank everyone enough for you well wishes and moral support.  Please keep us in your prayers and keep us up to date on what's going on in your life.  Ashley