Monday, July 21, 2014

Mission Accomplished

by Kathy Dibadj


Knowing from experience being the parent back in the US 3 years ago, I’m sure by now, you are checking this blog hourly (if not more) just to get a glimpse as to what is going on with your kids. I bet you’re wondering how they are, if they're feeling ok, what they're learning, what they're experiencing, if they're adjusting well and so many more questions.  

I want to let you know you all have amazing children.  They are persevering through their jet lag and keeping positive. Their eyes are wide open and they are seeing so many things - from people walking everywhere to geckos in the rock pile, to landscapes so broad and unique berries on the bushes, to charcoal ovens that make perfect bagels.  While taking these things in and adjusting to this culture, the kids are leading devotions, getting their secret pal gifts notes written and delivered, and working well together.  Today it was amazing how the whole team worked along side our Rwandan instructors, mixing and laying concrete by hand. They did so with the same goal: To help J. Lynn’s (the bakery) provide Rwandans with opportunities for sustainable business growth & employment. Day 1 - mission accomplished in so many ways!

This is just the beginning, I know, with much more to come.  We can feel your support and prayerful presence. God’s plan for us here is unfolding and just after day 1 in Rwanda, it is wonderful to see God’s power through our team. I thank God for each one of your kids and my fellow adult leaders.  They are doing great!

12 comments:

  1. You are right Kathy! I feel like I have been checking the blog all day long! It is so good to hear from you all and to see pictures! Great to see and hear that you are getting down to work so quickly! What a difference you are making! I continue to keep you all in my prayers!

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  2. Thanks for the parents perspective! You know exactly how we are feeling. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Melanie's aunt and uncle in New York are sending prayers and love. You are an amazing group of people! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us through the blog.

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  4. Kathy, thank you for the kind words about our kids. I have been checking the blog often and am so excited when there is a new post. Praying for you all.

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  5. Way to go kids! Looking good out there Ellie! Show those boys a thing or two. The concrete foundation is an ideal symbolism for the start of your trip.

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  6. thanks for the note-glad to hear all is going well!

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  7. Well, Kathy certainly had me pegged. I checked and checked and checked this blog, all day, between meetings and work projects. Finally I found distraction in making dinner and cleaning the kitchen. When I finally returned to the Internet machine and found this post (and two more, too!), I was giddy. Thank you for this gift of words.

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  8. Kris GuastaferriJuly 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    I can see the smile on your face and the light in your eyes as you typed the words. What a wonderful journey you are all on. Thank you for sharing the parents' prospective!

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  9. Another sincere thanks to you Kathy. I too was a parent checking the blog every hour or more, and I have been thinking "did my child remember to pack...(fill in the blank with various possibilities)?", but it appears all of that doesn't matter now! Continued hopes for positive experiences, good sleep, good health, and for the "grown-ups" on the trip, continued lots of energy!:) Same for the kids, but they probably already have energy overflowing!

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  10. My prayers and thoughts are with you. So glad you can be an example of what is good in this world in a place where things have been so bad. Keep sharing God's love!

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  11. Hope you guys are having fun and Keep up the good work! Miss you a lot!
    Claire Dibadj

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