I have great news- not just one, but several great things to share with you!
The team that was in Rwanda right after Christmas had a very productive time. They were able to host several Christmas parties and even able to give gifts to the children who are in our program but not sponsored yet (normally they receive their own party but we do not have funds to purchase gifts for them). Thank you team! While in Rwanda we also had an amazing thing happen. Someone approached Mike about buying the Acres of Hope. While the Acres were not for sale, Mike said he would listen to their offer. It turned out that the offer they were able to make for the property would provide enough profit for us to be able to purchase another piece of property (albeit smaller) and to have enough to begin construction on our long awaited home for girls & young children. It seemed like it was the time & the right thing to do to move forward with the sale of the property. The wonderful thing is the new property we bought is right next to one of the main primary schools we work with (the same school that a previous team built a basketball court at). This smaller property enables us to move forward with building (the Acres was also waiting for zoning restrictions to come through from the government, besides the issues of funding). This year we will see new and exciting things happening!
Another piece of great news is that we were able to complete the process for local non-governmental organization (NGO- a charitable organization) registration in Rwanda. This has been a long and tedious process to get Ten Talents Rwanda recognized by the Rwandan government but praise God it is done!
I also would like to share with you that one of our volunteers, he lives with the boys in the Home of Innocence, is coaching a boys soccer team. Gaby is this young man’s name, but everyone just calls him Coach. Coach and some other young men have put together several soccer teams. These teams enable boys to have a way to focus their energy and also put their time to productive use as well as staying out of trouble. These teams could use some equipment to help them along, maybe you would like to help them too?
balls: sizes 3, 4, 5
sets of outfield players (2XL, 2L, 3M, 3S)
goal keepers jerseys, gloves & shorts (different sizes, S M L XL)
socks- different sizes
coach tracksuits (XL)
Please contact us if you would like to help Coach & his soccer teams.
We are so glad to be able to share the great news with you & thank you for your prayers & partnership with us!
God Bless You,