Easter 2020 Newsletter
Bird of Paradise Ministries in Rwanda(BPMR)
Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.
I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:32
Dear friends and Supporters,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are writing this letter once again to thank you for your continued prayers and support for our work of caring for the elderly in Rwanda. It’s exciting for us that the end of April this year, we’ll visit Ireland and England and we look forward to seeing our family, friends and supporters.
We really appreciate your partnership together with us in our mission of sharing the love of Christ to those in need.
Caring for the elderly and especially those in our household engages all of our time. Physical impairment is increasing each passing year and therefore frequent hospital visits has become routine.
This year in particular has been more challenging because one of our eldest residents Stephanie (100yrs old) fell and dislocated her hip. This caused her so much pain and unable to walk by herself any more. She is using a wheel chair and needs attention and personal care all the time. Despite her illness She continues to give us laughter with her many years of accumulated wisdom and has Rwandan sayings (proverbs) for every situation. Gaetan had been already not mobile, the two are now wheeled in and out. We trust God in all these changes and challenges with caring responsibilities.
We have needed the help of two volunteers to strengthen our team. This means the presence of someone at the home while we are away to the “Shamba” to supervise growing crops and bringing food home as it takes us almost a whole day and very tiring at the end of it.
We have had heavy downpours claiming lives and property across the country since Christmas and still the forecast is for rain to continue well into May and beyond. It used to be the norm to have no rain in January/February, now the unexpected has been happening, ie the unusual heavy rain since January up to now, with heavy floods claiming lives, destroying crops and homes that some people had to be relocated. The consolation is, it doesn’t get very cold!
It’s great to have home grown produce of crops and they are certainly healthy, we know exactly what we eat, and it benefits our household of elderly.
Rwanda has not so far recorded any case of a patient of Covid-19 New Coronavirus. There are Stringent measures for precaution, people are urged to stop shaking hands and close body contacts as a part of efforts to contain the threat. We pray with all across the world who pray that vaccine and cure will be found soon. God is able and will use medical experts and researchers.
PRAYER POINTS: -
1. Planning permission to be given.
2. Funding for the proposed new home to accommodate more elderly
3. Good harvest this season.
4. Deputation Travel to Ireland and England, pray that more churches might invite us to share about the work
5. All the BPMR volunteers in the Downpatrick Charity shop
6. BPMR Trustees and Board members
While you read this, Holy Week and Easter Day will be soon approaching, we therefore would like to wish you, joy, peace and victory that only Christ gives. Christ is risen! Hallelujah!
May the Lord richly bless you and your families.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Jerome and Mary Munyangaju
Jerome and Mary are available to preach/speak at Church Services and other meetings during their time in Northern Ireland. If you would like them to come to your Church please let Mavis know – email@example.com or 02890701290
Mission Director: Revd Bobbie Moore: 21 Kilwarlin Avenue, Hillsborough BT26 6LQ
tel: 07746583470 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send all contributions to: Mrs Eileen Hill, Treasurer 29 Ballydrain Road, Comber BT23 5SS Tel: 028 9187 8877 email@example.com
NI Charity Ref: NIC106123