Thursday, March 31, 2011

Commissioning

Our team will be commissioned for our mission trip to Rwanda in worship on Sunday, June 5. Team members need to plan to attend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Intern Karyn

While in Rwanda, we will also get to meet Karyn, one of Jen & Serge's interns. I'd encourage you to check out Karyn's blog. Thanks to the outstanding pictures found there, it will help paint a picture for you of life in Rwanda.
http://karynmakinsafrica.blogspot.com/

Jen & Serge Kamari

While in Rwanda, our team will have the privilege of serving alongside I-Team missionaries, Jen & Serge Kamari. Jen blogs about her experience in Rwanda here: http://rwandamomma.blogspot.com/

I'd encourage you to follow Jen's blog to get to know her and the work that she & her husband do in Rwanda.

April Prayer Calendar

Our team prays for our trip to Rwanda every night at 9:30 pm CST using the following prayer prompts. Would you join us?

Rwanda Prayer Calendar: April, 2011


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1 Prayer Prompt: Pray for the work that Serge is doing in preparation for an April 14 fundraiser.

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 9:24.

2 Prayer prompt: For God to give us abundant love for all those we meet in Rwanda.

Journal Prompt: Why do you think love & justice are so often linked when they are mentioned in Scripture? What would happen if we did justice without love?

3 Prayer Prompt: For the logistics of securing Canadian visas for those intern and I-Teams staff currently serving in Rwanda.

Scripture Prompt:

Ezekiel 22:29

4 Prayer Prompt: For courage to fight against the oppression of the poor – in the US and abroad.

Journal prompt: What do you think it means to oppress the poor? How do you think the poor are oppressed in Rwanda? What can you do about this?

5 Prayer Prompt: That people would donate LOTS of stuff for our Rummage Sale on April 30.

Scripture Prompt:

Luke 23:26-38.

6 Prayer Prompt: For healing for all those affected by the Rwandan genocide, which began on this day in 1994.

Journal Prompt: Imagine you were present at Jesus' crucifixion. What would you have thought when you heard him say, “Father, forgive them?”

7 Prayer Prompt: For the safe arrival of Mark & Kim, a Canadian couple visiting Rwanda until September to discern whether or not God might be calling them to serve in Rwanda long-term. Scripture Prompt:

Mark 11:25.

8 Prayer Prompt: That we would be quick to forgive one another during our time in Rwanda.

Journal Prompt: Why is forgiveness so difficult yet important?

9 Prayer Prompt: For world leaders to have the courage to act boldly in order to prevent genocide.

Scripture Prompt:

Matthew 18:21-35.

10 Prayer Prompt: For reconciliation and forgiveness between the Rwandans as their nation continues to experience healing.

Journal Prompt: What do you hope to learn from the people of Rwanda about forgiveness and reconciliation?

11Prayer Prompt:

For unity amongst our team.

Scripture Reading:

Ephesians 4:1-6.

12 Prayer Prompt: For good family time for Jen & Serge and their three children. Journal Prompt:

Why is team unity so important for a successful mission trip?

13 Prayer Prompt: For us to experience unity with our Rwandan brothers and sisters in Christ.

Scripture Reading:

Ephesians 4:7-10.

14 Prayer Prompt: For the fundraiser that Serge is involved in tonight as he seeks to raise money for on-going development projects.

Journal Prompt: How can our team maintain its unity – even in the midst of conflict?

15 Prayer Prompt:

For our ability to show grace to one another during our mission trip, even when we're frustrated or tired.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16.

16 Prayer Prompt: For us to be able to discover and use our gifts to serve and honor God – both in Rwanda and once we return home.

Journal Prompt: What are your spiritual gifts? How might you use these when we're in Rwanda? After we return home?

17 Prayer Prompt: For God to provide the people we need to make next Saturday's Rummage Sale a success.

Scripture Reading: Hosea 12:6

18 Prayer Prompt: For the children that Jen & Serge sponsor in school as they interact with the Kamari's this month.

Journal Prompt: While in Rwanda, why might we need to wait on God?

19 Prayer Prompt:

Praise God for all those who have, in some way, supported our Rwanda Mission Trip. Pray especially for our stockholders.

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:8

20 Prayer Prompt: For Jen & Serge's son, Prince, who is on vacation from school this month. Journal Prompt: Who has cared enough for you to share both the Gospel & their life with you? What might it look like for us to care deeply enough about people to do this in Rwanda?

21 Prayer Prompt: For justice to roll down like a river.

Scripture Reading: Amos 5:24

22 Prayer Prompt: For the leadership of President Paul Kagame and his continued efforts to unite the Rwandan people.

Journal Prompt: What do you think it would look like for justice to roll down like a river in Rwanda? How might a Rwandan answer this question?

23 Prayer Prompt: That God would continue to unite Jen & Serge and strengthen their marriage.

Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8

24 Prayer Prompt: For safety as we travel to, from, and in Rwanda.

Journal Prompt: How do you live out Micah 6:8 in your life? How do you hope this will change after our experience in Rwanda?

25 Prayer Prompt: For the logistical details that still need to get worked out for our trip.

Scripture Reading: Zechariah 7:9-10

26 Prayer Prompt: For the preparation going on for Saturday's rummage sale.

Journal Prompt: Do you think true justice is what has happened in Rwandan following the genocide? Why or why not?

27 Prayer Prompt: For the charity who will be picking up the surplus from Saturday's rummage sale.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

28 Prayer Prompt: That God would multiply our time tonight as we prepare for tomorrow's Rummage Sale.

Journal Prompt:

Two months from today, our trip will be over. How do you hope you'll be different as a result of it?

29 Prayer Prompt:

That all those who enter Faith tomorrow for the Rummage Sale might also catch a glimpse of Christ in us.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

30 Prayer Prompt: Praise God for all those who helped make today's Rummage Sale a success!

Journal Prompt:

Where did you see Christ TODAY as we worked together at the Rummage Sale?


Shots!

By now you should have already received:

  • Hepatitis A & B

  • MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella)

  • Tetanus – Diphtheria

  • Polio

Which means you still need to receive

  • Typhoid

  • Yellow Fever

  • Malaria

Start by:

  • Calling your physician to see if they can give you any of these shots

  • If your physician cannot give you the above shots, call the following travel clinics.

    • Prices will vary, so you should call around.

      • Keep us posted on what you find out!

    • Your insurance likely will NOT cover these medications, but you should always check.

  • You need to call BEFORE April 10. Make sure you tell them you're leaving June 10 for Rwanda and will be gone through June 24. You'll be in Kigali and Kibuye.

  • You will need to receive a CERTIFICATE of VACCINATION for Yellow Fever.

    • This is required for entrance into the country.

    • Once you receive this certificate, photocopy it and give it to Jen.

  • You may also want to inquire about a prescription for traveler's diarrhea

Local Travel Clinics:

Midwest Travel Medicine
636 Raymond Dr. Suite 204
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone number (630) 548-9747
Fax (630) 548-4909
Toll-free (877) 700-0097

http://www.midwesttravelmedicine.com/index.html

Dupage County Health Department Travel Clinic
111 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Tel: 630-682-7400
Web: http://www.dupagehealth.org/services/clinic_travel.html
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-3:30 p.m. Travel immunizations and health information for foreign travel are available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY through the travel clinic. Charges for immunizations vary and are subject to change. For information or appointments please call 630-682-7400 ext. 7590 Monday - Friday between 8:00am - 4:00pm.

ADVOCATE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
Occupational Health Travel Clinic
Downers Grove Center
3551 Highland Avenue, Suite 200
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Tel: 630.275.2900 or 630-969-8558
Web: http://www.advocatehealth.com/corphealth/services/occhealth/travel.html
Hours: Please schedule your appointment at least 6 weeks before your departure to allow enough time for appropriate immunizations.

Welcome!

Dear Team Members, Stockholders, Friends, and Family -

Welcome to FLY's blog about our 2011 Mission Trip to Rwanda, June 10-24. Between now and the start of our trip, we'll be using this blog to communicate important information. We'll also occasionally posts links to various articles about Rwanda. Finally, we'll use this space to share and reflect on the training our team is taking part in.

During the trip itself, we'll use this blog to share our experience with everyone back home.

Happy Reading!
Jen