Introducing “ICS Team 2013/3>Oct-Dec“ Page.
We are glad to announce the arrival of ICS TEAM 2013/3
…And on the seven day of October, we arrived …and rested!
Speaking of seven, this is what the Bible has to say about the number seven: Seven symbolizes completeness or perfection. (Gn 2:2), (Ex 21:2), “Seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) reiterates this still further. The Lord was not giving Peter a mathematical number of times that he should forgive another person, but rather was insisting on limitless forgiveness for a brother’s sin…etc.
With a new Hand in RDIS, Mr Jonas DUSHIMIRIMANA, a teacher by profession for 7 seven years. He is a Christian servant leader and familiar with fellow Christians in Church and the entire community. He will be working under the the Voluntary service office facilitating the team in every daily work with Beth Adams, returning back to lead this team for a better Rwanda, where Young people will impact the society for a Holy soul in a Healthy body in Rwandaful nation through their talents, skills and prayer.
You will always read us always – as every day one of us will write A DAILY ARTICLE for our work and blessings.
Well, pray for us so that Every day may bring Praises to God.
May your Body and Soul be Holy
In Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Today was our first day with RDIS. We really enjoyed seeing the tree nursery in Munazi, it was so exciting to be able to look at all of the trees that previous groups have planted and know that ICS is really making an impact to the communities that we visit and work with. We learnt about fuel efficient stoves and visited the area in which the single mothers, who we will be working with, live. This is us: (top row) Elliot, Rosie, David, Aurore (bottom row) Innocent, Ellie and Beth.
Trees grown for distribution and more others growing for the better Rwanda free of Carbon Dioxide. Support this work to sustain a better future of Rwanda, Preserve the beauty of Africa and save the earth due to the great work that RDIS does when it involves the communities in Rwanda planting fruit trees, household woodlot and protecting mountains and hills from erosion through land terracing. Would you tell us what we can do to make it better? Thank you.
By David Paterson
Today we had the honour of teaching in nursery school to 3-5 year olds. The curriculum consisted of basic English, maths and social studies. The kids were all fast learners and very willing to learn. We even had the joy of teaching them some new and exciting games after playing a fun game of football. It is amazing being part of Tearfund and RDIS’s work and carrying on the work that many have done before us. It brings us all much happiness seeing the joy that all of these kids take from learning.
Elliot and Innocent visited the Wimana village to investigate the problems of the water supply, next week the team will be writing a proposal for the repair of the pipe so it was necessary to visit the site to gather relevant information.
Friday, 11th of October, week2
Friday has been a welcome, slower day to what has otherwise been a busy week. With no where we need to go this morning, we had a more relaxed start. Getting out of bed and having breakfast was not as rushed and hectic as it has been this past week. Friday has been called meeting day because we have 4 meetings today, structured learning, team meeting, language lessons and then finally the RDIS team meeting.
Structured learning this week was lead by David. He talked about human trafficking and gave us facts and statistics on the subject. The talk was interesting and gave us a deeper understanding of the subject and also gave us a deeper yearning to do something about it. The human trafficking industry is huge, it makes over 32 billon pounds a year, and it was this statistic that shocked us the most. This amount of money in it made us think about the size of the problem on a whole new scale. All of us were moved by this talk.
Next we had the team meeting. This was a quick 15 minutes talk about the past week and about how we have settled in. It gave us a chance to ask questions or voice any complaints we had. Nothing but praise came back. All the member of the group expressed a like for the house and a great enjoyment with the week; we also are looking forwards to next week when we fully start work. The meeting was ended with Beth telling a few funnier jokes.
After lunch (which was delicious as always) we went to the RDIS building to have a Kinyarwanda lesson, which was taught to us by Fulgence. We cover lesson one and two which included, greetings, farewells, wishes, and basic expression. Fulgeunce is a good teacher who drilled us in basic words. All of us struggled with some of the word but managed to get them in the end.
After the lesson we had and quick RDIS meeting where we talked about the past week and the week to come. It gave us a chance to think about how we would run and approach the activities of the week to come. Today was enjoyable because we kept going but at a slower pace, this gave us a much needed break.
Until next time, Elliot Carter.
So today we went to Compassion. It was our first time there, so we introduced ourselves to all 4 of the groups that we will be teaching. It was great to meet Gisele who was an ICS volunteer last time teaching a group. We told them our names, and where we were from. When it was their break time we then spent time with the children and teenagers playing football, basketball, and other balls games. It was great fun. As this was the first time we sat in for one lesson for 15 mins to get a little insight into what we could be teaching them next week.
In the evening on Saturdays our group is doing a come dine with me. Which is 2 members of the group get together and cook a 3 course meal for everyone else. This week is was mine and Rosie’s turn and the theme was The Last Supper so everyone was a disciple and dressed accordingly. It was a really good evening!
Saturday 12 October, 2013>Elena Hair
“Man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord”
This Sunday 13/10/2013, Muhanga ICS team went to EAR GAHOGO Parish
God said through Moses: “Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives
by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy
8:3).But also in Mathew 4:4, Jesus answered to Satan, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Bread stands for all natural, material things necessary for this life:
food, shelter, clothes and wages. It also represents livelihood, those
things we need that are not evil in themselves. Many Christians, however,
live only for the things of this life – they live on bread alone!
We should be seeking to obey God in everything he commands and ask of us,
and the only way we will find out how God desires us to live, is to
diligently search the scriptures daily to find out the truth. Let us search
the word of God in the Bible ourselves to see if what we have been told is
Join a church that is near you and find out how God is good¬
Yours in Christ,
Wednesday 16th October, 2013.
Today we went to Wimana village to survey some of the people living there in order to begin the energy efficient stoves project. We met a wide range of people and enjoyed interviewing them however I was surprised once again about the level of poverty in the village. One of the women that I interviewed was Belina.
Belina is a 34 year old single mother. Her husband left her alone with her 73 year old mother and six children aged between 15 years and 9 months. I was fortunate enough to meet her four year old son Claude; a happy, cheeky little boy with an infectious giggle. Due to her lack of education and need to look after her youngest children, Belina works cultivating crops on other people’s farms. She earns approximately 4,000RWF per month (£4) which is not enough to support her eldest children in school, feed the whole family and provide shelter for them all. It literally broke my heart today to see such an impossible situation with no clear way out for Belina or her children. My prayer is that the children will continue in school and will be able to have enough education to work elsewhere and support their family that way but I hope that we will also be able to help the family in a small way by providing them with a stove. Although this is not much, it will mean the smokey, unsafe atmosphere in their home will be reduced and they will need less wood which will prevent the children having to be sent out scavenging when they should be working hard at school.
Today we were back in Shyogwe working in the tree nursery. So I wanted to come out with full honesty today, it’s not the most exciting job in the world. It can become very mind numbing packing little bag after little bag. So many times I need to remind myself the heart of why I am here and the King I am serving. Although the task can be very difficult I know that it is amazing work. In the near future, this will help the villages with all of the amazing crops that will come from the work we have done. It is amazing knowing that this work is sustainable as the nursery is cared for by a member of the village so even when we are gone the seeds will grow on. It is very humbling and challenging to see how well off we are in the UK. We have all of these resources available to us at a click of our fingers, here in Rwanda you need to work very hard and many long hours and weeks to even make the smallest scratch on having some worth while resources to live. One of the amazing things is that even though this is the case, every person I have met is so full of joy and hope and it is infectious. The work of RDIS in these villages is amazing and I continue to be humbled daily by people we meet and tasks we are doing. So far it has been an amazing time of growth and such a joy to be part of the work of TEARFUND and RDIS.
The afternoon was spent planning for the meeting with the single mothers and high risk young women of Munazi tomorrow. We will be teaching them the first of three educational sessions – this first one will be on child care and protection.
We’re all really excited about tomorrow as it will be an amazing opportunity to advance the education of these young women, empowering them and enriching the lives of their children.
thanks, Innocent Muhire
We traveled to deliver this Wednesday 23.10.2013
This morning we split into two groups; one group stayed at the RDIS office while the others went to meet the vulnerable women from Munazi village to deliver some training. Both groups were very successful! Those meeting the Munazi women were able to share lots of knowledge about how best to care for children, with particular emphasis on hygiene as this is one area that the women clearly struggle with. Those working in the office were able to create a proposal for the broken water pipe in Wimana village and so hopefully that will be fixed in the new year and the village water supply will be recovered.
This afternoon, we travelled to Wimana village to deliver WASH training. The rain meant that we all had to gather together to teach the whole group of community members but this didn’t seem too much of a problem until more and more people continued to arrive throughout the training. By the end of the workshop, about 60 people had squeezed into the little nursery classroom! We will return next week, hopefully in better weather, to do the second session on nutrition.
In the evening it was my turn to do structured learning, which I did on malaria. I stressed over this all day and the past several days ut it went well. The quiz was fine and team Doxycyclone which was beth and ellie won the quiz by useing the power plays well. Afterwards we did devotins where everyone told there testimony.
So overall this day was fun and relaxing.
Until next time
================================================================Umuganda SaturDay (26.10.2013)
We went to Umuganda, and did some hoeing and perfected the african stance. We were not very good at hoeing, and got a few laughs from the locals, who thought it was very funny watching us try. We wasn’t there for too long as the village meeting was due to take place, but it was a great opportunity to mix with some local people, and in Beth’s case meet some old friends.
In the evening we had come dine with me, and it was Aurore’s and Elliot’s turn and the theme they choose was Black tie, so we all had to dress all poshly and fancy. It was a good evening.