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!