Several days we got to see the skills of women at work whether we were visiting the women Annie is discipling, who sew each day for their livelihood or seeing a group of young people whose families cannot afford to send them to college so Annie has employed them to make jewelry which is sent back to the States and sold at a fair wage for their labor. Whichever group Annie is with, it is clear that she desires to invest in them, teach them skills that can improve their way of life while also sharing the hope that is within her. She is living out I Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." Her heart and example of opening her life and her home to any and everyone in need is an example I hope to emulate.
I couldn't pick just one piece, I ended up purchasing several!
Here, she is working on the tassel's for the earrings picture above and left. I bought the teal and green ones, Carol got the navy and bronze, they are adorable and I've worn them the past two days!
Another afternoon was spent on Africa New Life's campus, where they have seminary classes, a sewing and beauty school, child sponsorships and an up and coming medical facility that will be known as the first hospital in all of Rwanda to give epidurals for women during child birth. It's a 60 bed medical facility with hopes of growing and expanding to optometry and other specialties. Adam had the chance to speak with Pastor Fred and Dr. Sam who are leading the medical facilities construction and planning. He enjoyed getting to hear their plans as well as hearing what needs still remain. According to Dr. Sam, most all of the facilities costs are already covered, there is a small portion still that is needed but the greatest need is for leadership, for people with expertise in medical areas to invest time and energy and for teachability in the people they employ to run and support the hospitals operations. Since Hospital Administration is Adam's forte he very much enjoyed the time discussing and contemplating ways that U.S. organizations might come alongside Rwandans who work here.
And while we were doing all this observing, listening and learning our children were doing their thing, running around, playing duck duck goose and of course having a snack. To their credit, we were there for about three or four hours and they honestly, did so well entertaining themselves.
Rolly-Polly's, whether in America or Africa, are always fun for kids!