Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Secret Pal Expectations

To help encourage one another while in Rwanda, each team member will have a secret pal. You'll need to write your secret pal at least one encouragement note a day while we're in Rwanda (Sunday, June 12 - Thursday, June 23). Hint: These need to be notes that your pal will find genuinely encouraging! Then you'll also need to give your Secret Pal one small gift at some point during this trip. This needs to be something that you buy IN RWANDA that will again, help to encourage your Secret Pal and brighten their day. Finally - remember that the goal of secret pals is to keep them a SECRET until the grand unveiling at the end of our trip! Happy encouraging!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rwanda Debriefing Date

One of the most important aspects of a mission trip is debriefing the experience afterward. To this end, we will be doing several things after our trip. Jen will be meeting individually with students for a 1:1 check-in. Additionally, we will have a group debriefing meeting on Monday, July 11 from 6-8 pm in the Youth Room. This will be a very important meeting and because of this, all team members are expected to attend. Finally, we will be sharing our experience with our shareholders and prayer buddies on Sunday, July 24 at the Shareholder's Dinner in Luther Hall at 5 pm. (We'll begin cooking for this at 3 pm and will also need lots of parental help for this!)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Important Things to Do in May to Prepare for Our Time in Rwanda

  1. Continue journaling & praying to prepare your heart and mind for the trip!

  2. Continue to increase your knowledge quotient about Rwanda.

    1. Follow this blog, Jen & Serge's, and Karyn's.
    2. Keep an eye out for Rwanda in the news.

    3. Read additional books about Rwanda.

    4. Watch movies about Rwanda.

  3. Prepare physically

    1. Workout – You'll do more walking in Rwanda than you normally do and in general be very physically active.

    2. Sleep well! Do all you can to start this trip rested!

  4. Fill your malaria & Cipro prescriptions

  5. Purchase items from the packing list that you're missing

  6. Finish your photo portfolios

  7. Write your 1 page outline of your faith story

  8. Fill out all your forms

  9. Follow up with your supporters!

    1. Update them on how the preparations for the trip have been going

    2. Tell them about our blog. We'll be posting updates about the trip to this blog while we're gone. Encourage them to look there!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Prayer Calendar

Rwanda – May 2011 Prayer Calendar









2 Prayer Prompt: World peace. Journal Prompt: Is the killing of Osama Bin Laden justice or revenge? Why?

3 Prayer Prompt: For energy, focus, and endurance for our team members who are taking AP exams this week & next. Scripture Prompt: John 15:5

4 Prayer Prompt: For our team to fully rely on and depend on God while in Rwanda. Journal Prompt: In your daily life, how dependent are you on God? Why? In Rwanda, what might enable you to become more dependent on God?

5 Prayer Prompt: For energy and joy for Jen & Serge as they lead a short-term mission trip team in Rwanda until May 23. Scripture Prompt: Ephesians 6:10-17.

6 Prayer Prompt: For our team to stand firm while in Rwanda. Journal Prompt: Which piece of spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:14-17) do you think will be most valuable to you in Rwanda? Why?

7 Prayer Prompt: For courage to step out of our spiritual comfort zone while in Rwanda and do things like pray aloud & share our faith story with strangers. Scripture Prompt: Ephesians 6:18-20.

8 Prayer Prompt: For our hearts to soften and be receptive to learning about God from ALL the people we meet in Rwanda. Journal Prompt: Why is prayer important – especially on a mission trip like the one we're about to embark upon?

9 Prayer Prompt: For God's provision as we collect underwear, socks, backpacks, and cleats to bring to Rwanda. Scripture Prompt: Luke 10:38-42.

10 Prayer Prompt: For Nicole, (Jen & Serge's intern), to finish her ministry in Rwanda well. She leaves May 23. Journal Prompt: Do you tend to be more like Mary or Martha (Luke 10:38-43) in your daily life? Why? In Rwanda, when will you need to be like Mary? Like Martha? Why?

11 Prayer Prompt: For the ability to find time to just be with Jesus – both as we prepare for Rwanda and while we're in Rwanda. Scripture Prompt: John 14:8-14.

12 Prayer Prompt: For God to exceed even our greatest expectations of Rwanda. Journal Prompt: Do you really believe John 14:14? Why or why not? Why's it important to not be afraid to ask God for what we need – especially on a mission trip like Rwanda?

13 Prayer Prompt: For wisdom and stability for Jen & Serge as they begin building a home (rather than renting one) for their family in Rwanda. Scripture Prompt: John 13:34-35.

14 Prayer Prompt: That people we meet in Rwanda would truly be able to recognize us as followers of Jesus by the love we show each other & them. Journal Prompt: What does it mean to “love one another”? How can you show this love for our team in Rwanda? For the Rwandan people we meet?

15 Prayer Prompt: Praise God for all the ways that people have supported our trip to Rwanda! Scripture Passage: 1 John 3:16-18.

16 Prayer Prompt: For us to be able to love with actions and truth while in Rwanda. Journal Prompt: What's the difference between loving with words and loving with actions and truth? In Rwanda, how might each be important?

17 Prayer Prompt: For safety in traveling to, in, and from Rwanda.

Scripture Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23.

18 Prayer Prompt: For wisdom for Jen & Serge as they help their intern, Nicole, to process and debrief her experience in Rwanda. Journal Prompt: While in Rwanda, what are some practical ways you can show gratitude to others? Why's it important to do this?

19 Prayer Prompt: For compassion during our time in Rwanda – especially during our time at the Kiziba Refugee Camp in Kibuye. Scripture Prompt: Romans 12:1-2.

20 Prayer Prompt: Enable us to offer every moment of our time in Rwanda to God as worship. Journal Prompt: Define worship. How does your definition of worship compare to what Romans 12:1-2 says about worship? How will you worship God while in Rwanda?

21 Prayer Prompt: For the courage to be open and honest about our feelings during our time in Rwanda. Scripture Prompt: Ephesians 2:10.

22 Prayer Prompt: For the logistics of this trip to go smoothly! Journal Prompt: How would you define a successful mission trip to Rwanda? How would Jesus?

23 Prayer Prompt: For safety for Nicole & the short-term team as they travel home from Rwanda. Scripture Prompt: 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

24 Prayer Prompt: Help us to tame our tongues while in Rwanda so as not to offend anyone we encounter. Journal Prompt: While in Rwanda, how will you seek to maintain high standards and avoid offending others? Why's this important?

25 Prayer Prompt: For team unity and the ability to encourage and affirm one another. Scripture Prompt: 1 Peter 4:8.

26 Prayer Prompt: For the ability to see God in one another & in those we meet & serve. Journal Prompt: What does it mean for love to cover a multitude of sins? How might this foster team unity in Rwanda?

27 Prayer Prompt: For wisdom for Jen & Serge as they make some life-changing ministry decisions this month. Scripture Prompt: Hebrews 11:8-12.

28Prayer Prompt: For God to stretch, grow, and constantly renew our faith while in Rwanda. Prayer Prompt: How & why might you need faith during our mission trip in Rwanda?

29 Prayer Prompt: For Mama Deborah and her leadership of the Ubuzima AIDS Association. Scripture Prompt: Colossians 4:2-6.

30 Prayer Prompt: For God to open doors for us to share his love with those we meet in Rwanda. Journal Prompt: During our time in Rwanda, what would it look like for you to make the most of every opportunity? Why is it important for you to do so?

31 Prayer Prompt: For our conversations in Rwanda – with each other & those we meet – to be full of grace. Journal Prompt: What are characteristics of conversations that are “full of grace”? Why are these kind of conversations important? How do they reflect Christ's love?