Hey everyone, here’s a quick update on our family…
So much has happened it’s hard to even think about everything to tell you so I’ll just begin by saying random things and hopefully it will give you an idea of what’s going on here.
We had a huge Church Planting Movements conference this past August. Participants from 18 nations came and were deeply impacted. It was my second time through the training and was still just as impacted.
It set off a series of events that has had a big impact on our work and ministry in Rwanda. One of the focuses of the workshop was having a vision for the nation and not just sub-parts of a nation. After much thought, prayer and weeks of discussion the two teams currently in Rwanda have decided to form one strategy team for the entire nation of Rwanda rather than just specific individual areas of Rwanda. We still have our smaller teams for emotional, social and spiritual support but strategy-wise we are working together to formulate a strategy for reaching all of Rwanda.
We’ve had two strategy meetings all together as one big group to begin developing our vision and mission statements. They’ve gone really well and we are making exciting progress. They asked me to lead the discussion of the meetings which is fun but also challenging. It’s really important that we all agree to go in the direction that God wants us to go in! Lord please anoint us! Something to pray about!
The kids have been in school now for three weeks and are loving it! We thank God everyday for the opportunity that He opened up for us to go to ISK!
About five weeks ago Marley (our Golden Lab) had three precious puppies. Everyday they’re getting bigger and bigger and are, OH SO CUTE!
Language learning is still a struggle but we are making progress, a little everyday. We are at a point now where we’ve learned enough grammar that conversations are starting to make sense and we can communicate more.
Christine and I are beginning to spend more time with our neighbors. This was a struggle because they go to work at 7am and return at 7pm and we never see them! So, we had a brilliant idea, go to their work place and spend the day with them. So, we’ve done that several times now and it’s been awesome! They operate an office supply shop downtown. So we went and sat in their shop and talked in Kinyarwanda for hours with them. They asked us questions and we asked them questions. (We went separately by the way). It’s been encouraging. They’re educated business people and committed Christians. This week Christine and the lady talked about visiting all of our other neighbors. So, relationships are getting deeper as our language abilities development and that encouraging. Boy is it hard! We are praying for Christ’s perseverance in all things.
Still no news on our adoption paperwork. We’re waiting for our fingerprint cards to get to the FBI center in Nebraska and be cleared….waiting….waiting….
Marty and I are planning to take a trip to visit Christians in Togo the last week of November. Pray that this trip will be a great blessing and encouragement to our brothers and sisters there!
Ok, was that enough rambling to give you an idea of what’s going on here?
We love you and appreciate all of your prayers!
Murphy (and family)