Today was definitely a change of scenery. After coming to call Moucecore in Kigali "home" we woke up in Kibuye, a city in the western province of Rwanda. Though kind of missing Kigali, we were excited none the less because we all are in agreement of how much we love Kibuye. Our guesthouse is right on Lake Kivu, and as I type this I can see the lake right through our window.
|Lake Kivu, seen on the way to Kiziba|
|Charging Cell phones|
We pulled up the the camp and we had to wait to be let in until the president of the camp could confirm that he was expecting us. When we entered the camp we pulled up to where we were greeted by the members of the GCM organization. We were led into a meeting room and got introduced to Emil, the president and Natalie, the vice president of GCM. They explained their two main ministries in the camp. The first being a cell-phone charging station where a single charge costs 100 RWF, and the second being a barber shop/salon thing. Both of these ministries utilize a large generator. While they sound like weird things to work on in a refugee camp, all the revenue made from these projects goes towards internal improvements in the camp like gardens to produce crops. Lately, there has been a lot of drama in the camp surrounding the cell-phone charging business. Another person bought a bigger, newer generator and was stealing customers away from the GCM by drastically cutting prices. This other generator business was just for profit and by taking away customers from GCM was limiting the amount of improvements that they could make in the camp. In a stroke of luck, the other generator broke allowing all the customers to go back to GCM. God sure works in strange ways.
|Jen with Emile, president of GCM (christian youth mission) in Kiziba|
|School children clamor to get in a photo with Doug|
|Jill talks with some members of the GCM youth group|
|One side of the Kiziba Refugee Camp|
|The Kiziba refugee camp as seen from the access road|
|Serge stops to chop some wood in the camp|
Speaking of us leaving, it's not far away anymore. And I really can't believe how the months preceding and the last two weeks flew by. Even though we will be physically leaving on Thursday, I know that we are not done with our service and relationships, because part of our hearts will be in Rwanda.
Wow. That was a really long post!