Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Letter from Brad in Rwanda


Greetings from Rwanda! 

I hope you are all doing well and that you have adjusted back to daily life.  Hard to believe that it has been almost a month since the first team of builders arrived in Rwanda.  Each day as I walk around the school I am amazed at the work you all accomplished in such a short time.  Next time you can build a little bit slower so that we can have you around longer.  :)  It was great seeing old friends again and meeting new ones.  I would love to stay in touch with you through our personal newsletter that we send out monthly.  To receive it, just reply back to this email and specify whether you want a paper copy (provide mailing address) or email version.  It is the best way to stay updated with what is happening with Kigali Christian School.  Attached is our last newsletter.  

Youth for Christ Rwanda is extremely grateful for the work of Builders Without Borders and their commitment to the success of Kigali Christian School. Thanks to all of you for supporting them in this endeavor and I pray that all of you will continue to support their work and ministry.  Share your BWB experience with your friends and family and bring them back to Rwanda next year!  

Your contribution to our school, our students, and community should not be underestimated.  I am amazed that so many would sacrifice your resources to come work 10 hours a day in the hot African sun on your vacation.  Thank You! You are now invested through your sweat, time, and energy in one of the most unique and special schools in Rwanda.  

Many of you had the opportunity to visit the genocide memorial site, which was a very difficult experience for many of you. You caught a glimpse of the depravity of man in its fullness, caused by generations of segregation, mistrust, favoritism, and resentment.  People killed others simply because others did not view other humans as equally valuable. As a Christian school, we want to be a part in rebuilding this great nation through education.  Not only through simply providing knowledge about God's created world, but also demonstrating the value that humans have as being image-bearers of God.  This means that our worth or value does not come from what we do, our accomplishments, our country of birth, our economic level, our education, nor anything else.  It is simply through being God's image-bearer as a human.  We see no better way to teach this to our students than to make sure it is represented in our student diversity. 

Kigali Christian School is the most diverse school in all of Rwanda.  Our quality of education that we are providing attracts the upper class of Rwanda.  Our affordable tuition allows students from middle class Rwandan families to attend. And our student sponsorship program allows students from poverty-stricken families have access to quality education. Part of Youth for Christ's vision is to see every young person have the opportunity to make an informed decision to become a follower of Christ.  "Every" is well represented in our student body and it is a beautiful thing to behold when students are sitting side-by-side learning together regardless of their economic background.  

However, this is only possible through our sponsorship program. Currently, we are sponsoring 204 students to attend Kigali Christian School.  We will need another 30 more sponsors for next year.  Would you consider investing in helping us to maintain this unique part of our school?  As you talk about your trip with your families and friends, encourage them to be a part of this movement as well! For more information, go towww.kigalichristianschool.org.  

Thank you again.  We really are so grateful, and look forward to seeing you back in Rwanda soon!

Peace,
Brad
 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

BWB news October 2013

BWB news October 2013

Today we got a lot of good news to share.

First of all a big congratulation to Warren Watt,  today he got married to the love of his life, Melissa. From the BWB family, we hope to see you Melissa on our next trip, this way Cory doesn't  have to share a room with Warren anymore.

The second good news today is that in less than one week from being back from our trip to Rwanda, we have been able to rise enough money to fund 6- 4000 Liter water collection tanks and the gutter system for all three buildings we build at KCS. A big THANK you to Tony and David Flammia for donating enough money ( $ 2000.00 ) to outfit one building completely .The need is to equip each of the three new school buildings with rain water control, collection, and storage equipment which consists of gutters and storage tanks.  This is necessary for two reasons with the first being the need to collect the water to prevent extensive erosion and facility damage to the compound as well as to our neighbors down the hill.  The second reason to collect the water is to use the natural resources provided by our Creator.  Collecting the rain water will save KCS significantly as it can be used for non-potable needs such as cleaning classrooms, flushing toilets, and maintaining our school vegetable garden, especially during the dry season.  The cost for each building is $2,000 USD . All the money has been raised and once again thank you so much to the people who made this possible.

Tom Ashwill WANTS all your pictures from the trip so he can put them on our website. You can contact him by phone 239-633-5753or email him @ 
tashwill57@aol.com. He would also like a Testimonial  from everyone who went on the trip. Please share your experience with him and he will make sure it goes on the website for everyone to read.

And last but not least: We want to hear from  anyone who went to Rwanda about how we can make further trips even better. Please don't hold back, good or bad, if you have a concern about something, if you think we did alright or if you think we need to improve in certain areas? Do we need new tools and what kind? How can we improve building the buildings in a faster and better way? Safety, hotel, airline, 
food, people, organization, cost it does not matter what you have on your mind,  we want to know so we can learn and make the next trip even better.
Don't be shy , speak your mind, you can put your name to it or be anonymous , it does not matter, we just want to learn and be a better organization, because we got something very special going here, we are in a position to help thousands and thousands of kids get an education for many years to come.
Email it topeterfenger@comcast.net

Please don't forget to RSVP if your are coming to the BWB party , ( Dan is the grill master) on Saturday the 2nd of November at 4pm.
It will take place at Sue and Peter Fenger's home at6233 Mark Lane , Fort Myers FL 33966
So far 24 have signed up.

RSVP topeterfenger@comcast.netno later than October  30th.

Until next time, be safe and thanks again for all you do for BWB.


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Barbara and Neil

Hi Peter and Sue. Well here we are in Istanbul. 30 hours to get here. Turkish Airline is on my 
"Do not use" list. Gorilla trek was fabulous. The Mahale Mountains and Greystoke was one of the best places we have ever been- of course it was a 51/2 hour single  engine plane ride and
1 1/2 hour boat ride. Not exactly the corner drug store. 
Re the barbecue- unfortuneately we will be in Apalachicola from Oct 30 - Nov 5/6. We work the 
seafood Fest every year. Always the first weekend in November. Bunch of drunks having a great time. 
Will be home Oct 10. 
Best 
Barbara






Barbara