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Christmas Time!

You may be packing up the tree and decorations soon, but we have 15 team members who were packing their suitcases and are now on their way to Rwanda to celebrate Christmas there!  This team, going through All God’s Children International, will meet up with Mike & Kelly who are already there waiting for them.

During their 10 days in Rwanda this team will put on 6 different Christmas parties!  They will have one for all the children and their parents who are sponsored, one for the unsponsored (waiting) children, one for the Home of Purpose and Home of Innocence, one at a project for former street children, one for the disabled orphanage, and another one for the largest orphanage in Rwanda.  This team will literally be touching the lives of hundreds, AND HUNDREDS of children and families!

Please pray for a safe journey for them and all of the donations they are bringing with them.  Pray for strength, health, and grace for the team while they are in Rwanda.  Pray for them to work well together and that God would go before them to help every detail of this trip come together smoothly.  Pray for Mike as he leads with wisdom and discernment.  Most of all, pray for the light of Christmas- JESUS- to shine through them in all they do!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Lisa

By | December 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The HOPE Project

Our new property has been named! The HOPE Project. HOPE stands for: Housing, Opportunity, Purpose, and Education. The HOPE Project will include a home for girls called the “Home of Purpose”. It is our desire that this home will provide an opportunity for girls who have no one else to care for them. A place for them to be loved, heal, and to find God’s purpose for their lives. Be watching your mailbox for a special letter about The HOPE Project at the end of this month!

The need for a home for young girls is RIGHT NOW. In fact, for a long time now we have known of several girls who needed a place just like this. A kind supporter has provided a temporary home for these girls for the next year, until construction of the Home of Purpose can be completed on The HOPE Project property. This week we are already moving girls in to this temporary home! Very exciting to see this begin to take place and we praise God for his provision!

Please be praying for these girls to come together and form a family unit here at their new home. Pray for this home to be a safe and healing place where the girls can live their full potential.

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | November 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Noel orphanage donations

In December my daughter Kelly is planning on being in Rwanda, and including a visit to the Noel orphanage.  We have taken teams to Noel in the past and worked with the children there.  She would like to bring donations for the toddler room.  Among the needs they have at the orphanage, she is hoping to bring them these items:  crib sheets and cloth diapers.  These items are not easy to find in Rwanda, so she would like to bring them with her when she comes.

If you would like to donate towards this, you may do so through our website giving page and put in the notes what the donation is for.  Or, if you would like to purchase the items yourself and send them, you may mail them to our office.

We welcome your involvement in this project!  Noel is a great orphanage whose heart is to help children.

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | August 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|

Prayer Focus #2

Today I would ask you to pray for another child waiting for a sponsor. Her name is Anneti Uwineza. Anneti is 11 years old and her name “Uwineza” translates to mean “the one with grace”.

(In Rwanda, there are not “family names” like we use last names in the US/Europe. Each child is given a name in their language, Kinyarwanda, and usually a second name in French or English is given when they are baptized.)

Anneti and her two sisters (including Gloriose, our Prayer Focus #1) and younger brother live with their mother.  Their father died in 2009.  Their mother tries to provide for the needs of her family by washing other people’s clothes or selling charcoal (common cooking fuel).  Anneti is in 3rd grade at school, and when she is not in school or helping her mother, she enjoys jumping rope (as does her sister also).

Anneti has been waiting for a sponsor for 4 years.  Please pray for someone to step forward to sponsor her (she is featured right now on our website under At Risk sponsorship).  Please also pray for this family to have their needs provided for and for her mother to be able to lead her family with wisdom and grace.  Pray for them to be safe and to trust in God for all that they need: their hopes, dreams, and futures.  You can also pray for Anneti to be successful in her studies at school.

Thank you for praying with us & for believing for God to change these lives!

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | August 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Prayer Focus #1

I would like to start a new feature of this blog, and I’m calling it Prayer Focus. God has put it on my heart to pray for all of the children (as well as young adults and staff) who are in our program. They will number over 100, so it is my goal to begin praying for each of these individuals, approximately two every week, so that in one year’s time we will have agreed in prayer together specifically for each one.

The first installment of Prayer Focus will begin with a child who is currently listed on our website and is waiting for a sponsor. Her name is Gloriose Uwiduhaye.

The name Gloriose would be translated to English as Glorious.  Her second name, Uwiduhaye, means “Who God Gave Us”.  Gloriose is 13 years old and she lives with her mother, younger brother, and two younger sisters.  Their father died in 2009.  Gloriose is enrolled in school and currently finishing 4th grade (their school calendar begins in January and ends in November).  Gloriose’s mother tries to support her children by washing other people’s clothes, or by selling charcoal (the main cooking fuel).  When Gloriose is not in school or helping her mother, she likes to jump rope.  She has been waiting for a sponsor for 4 years.

Let’s pray for Gloriose and her family.  Pray first of all for God to provide a sponsor for Gloriose (sponsorship will provide school uniform, school supplies, medical insurance, new clothes, and more)!  Pray for God to enable her mother to find opportunities to earn income to take care of her families needs.  Pray that God would protect this family from harm and sickness, and that he would give them a safe and secure place to live.   Most of all, pray for this family to put all their faith and trust in God, the true provider of all that they need:  body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Thank you for praying with me!

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | August 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|

Children’s Day

Our staff in Rwanda recently held a party for the children in our program.  The children and their parents were able to attend and hear from visitors.  They also were able to visit one of the genocide memorials.  They all shared soda and a meal together and had a great time.  It was a wonderful day for all involved, and the party was featured in reports on the news and in the newspaper.  Sponsorship is part of what makes this possible!

This is the new location for the Home of Innocence and our local offices, where they were able to share good times together.

It wouldn’t be a party without food!  At least not in Rwanda!

These children are eating “family style” together.

Thank you & God bless you!

Lisa

P.S.  if you would like to see larger versions of these photos visit our facebook page!

By | July 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The New Property

All the paperwork is about wrapped up for the new property. We are excited to be able to move forward with the building of a transitional home for girls and babies. In fact, we hope to begin construction of the home this summer! Mike is wanting to bring a team with him to help with this project. If you would like to go to Rwanda this summer then please contact Mike – mike@tentalentsint.org to discuss this possibility.  Anyone, regardless of skill or “lack of skill” is welcome to come- you just need to have a servant’s heart, be flexible, be willing to work, and love people!

Even if you are not able to join us please be praying for this summer’s trip, for the details of this new home to all come together, and for God to go before us and prepare the way for all we need to do.

God Bless You!
Lisa

By | May 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Great News!

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?

training shoes

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

soccer shoes

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,

Lisa

By | February 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Merry Christmas!

We hope all of our friends around the world had a wonderful Christmas, keeping in mind that Christmas is about PRESENCE! Emmanuel, God with us!

We have a team getting ready to go to Rwanda to share the presence of God in Christmas parties for several different groups in Rwanda. They will be putting on Christmas parties for the TTI sponsored children, the unsponsored children, those in the Home of Innocence, the ladies working at the African Bagel Co-op, Gahanga disabled orphanage, and the Rwanda Orphans Project!

Please pray for them as they prepare for their journey. Pray that every detail of this trip comes together, for everyone to make the journey safely (and all of their luggage- so many donations and party supplies!!!). Pray that they work together well as a team (many have not met each other before) and for God to give Mike grace as he leads the team. And pray that they are able to share the gifts of God with everyone they encounter.

Thank you, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

By | December 26th, 2012|Uncategorized|