Challenges and Miracles

Editors note: This just in from Kae Neufeld, Mackensy Cumin and Susan Dueck who are in Rwanda to help deliver healing retreats to YEGO recipients. It’s so perfect, and has such a beautiful lesson of patience and gratitude, that I reproduce it here in its entirety.

Challenge: The van needed air in the tires before we headed south to the Retreat Centre.

Miracle: We found a service station with a working air pump after only the third try.

Challenge: After about an hour and a half on the road our ride turned very bumpy.

Miracle: On the narrow road with no shoulders we were next to a turn out.

Challenge: We had a very flat tire.

Miracle: Jimmy our driver is a mechanic.

Challenge: The back of the van was piled high with our luggage and retreat supplies.

Miracle: When we unloaded everything and got at the spare tire it had air in it.

Challenge: We now needed a new tire because the spare was a small one for short trips only.

Miracle: The next service station was nearby.

Challenge: They had no tires.

Miracle: The fellow there hopped onto the back of a motorcycle and guided us to a station that had tires.

Challenge: They had tires here but there was no one who could sell us one.

Miracle: Jimmy, our driver, had a friend in the next village who could help us.

Challenge: In our rush to get a tire we were stopped by the police for speeding.

Miracle: Emmanuel, in his own words, humbled himself and pleaded our case, saying we were extremely sorry and that we would not speed again. No ticket.

Challenge: To meet up with Jimmy’s friend.

Miracle: We found him and the shop had a tire.

Challenge: We had to unload all the luggage again to get at the tire and put the spare tire back.

Miracle: The ground was dry so our luggage did not get dirty.

Challenge: The back door of the van would not stay up.

Miracle: Mackensy was tall enough to hold it up while all the unloading and loading took place.

Challenge: The used tire that was available had some holes.

Miracle: Plugs were inserted and the tire held air.

Challenge: We were two hours late for lunch at the Retreat Centre.

Miracle: There was a lovely hot lunch waiting for us.

 We are blessed. Mackensy, Susan and Kae

Changing tire
Luggage
Mackensy holding door

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Landed safely in Rwanda

Canadian group arrives in Kigali

Leadership team
Leadership Team

Dr. Kae Neufeld, Mackensy Cumin and Susan Dueck from Edmonton have arrived in Kigali to help with the important work of YEGO Rwanda. Werner De Jong, pastor at Holyrood Mennonite Church in Edmonton, will be joining them in March to help with the retreat for male youth. The leadership team is planning for these upcoming retreats:

  • Feb 28Mar 1: Walking Together in Hope, women and girls
  •  Mar 6 – 8:  Kindness and Compassion, previous retreat participants
  • Mar 13 – 15: Peace and Reconciliation, male youth

Sewing centre

Supplies for the sewing centre.

In preparation for setting up a YEGO sewing centre, the group plans to shop for sewing machines while in Kigali. Kae has also collected scissors, thread, pins and needles, measuring tapes, zippers, buttons and various other sewing aids to get things started. As Athanasie knows how to crochet and knit, Kae has brought along supplies to teach others these skills as well.

Presentation to teachers

Susan speaks about stress to school teachers
Susan talks to school teachers.

In the evening, Susan delivered a presentation on stress to teachers at Kigali Parents School. It was well received. Susan has a background in training and working with therapy dogs and is experienced with working with people who are stressed.

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YEGO’s dance, music and drama program

YEGO youth practising their dance moves

Dance, music and drama help youth heal from social isolation, despair and anger which characterize trauma and depression. It is both therapeutic and an income‐generating program, developing skills that can lead to job opportunities. In 2019, 10 youth were hired by various cultural dancing clubs in Kigali. These are paid positions that enable the youth to earn a living.

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Christmas Party 2019

The annual Christmas party gathers together the vulnerable children and youth sponsored by YEGO Rwanda. It’s a time for them to meet, celebrate Christmas and the end of the year, and make plans for the new year.

The 2019 Christmas party took place on December 23 at Kigali Parents School. Forty-three children and youth attended, as well as three YEGO Rwanda staff, a guest speaker and a guest of honour.

Read the full report at: ChristmasParty2019

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The Hope that Remains: Canadian Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

Christine Magill on a visit to Rwanda.

Friend and supporter of YEGO Rwanda, Christine Magill recounts the stories of 10 immigrants in her new book, The Hope that Remains: Canadian Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Christine explains why she wrote the book.

For many people the thought of reading a book about genocide survivors can be intimidating and difficult. What is important about this book is that the overall themes are those of hope and resiliency. It is about moving beyond the numbers or the headlines and instead hearing the stories and the voices of those who lived through the genocide and how they have found a way to live again after the genocide. I wanted readers to understand how survivors had lives and families and friends and be able to see the similarities to their own lives. Through these stories we are reminded of the power of humans to overcome, to be resilient, to forgive, to show compassion, and to find hope where no hope seems to exist. The lessons transcend the stories and teach us to reflect on our own lives and what is truly important. You will come away from reading this book touched by the lives of these incredible individuals.

Christine Magill

A portion of the book’s royalties will be donated to YEGO Rwanda. To order your copy, or to learn more about the book, visit: The Hope That Remains.

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Annual Fundraising Dinner

YOU ARE INVITED!

Come help celebrate and support the work of YEGO Rwanda. You can really make a difference.

Event details

Friday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church, 9915 – 148 St., Edmonton

  • 5:30 – 6:30: Wine and cheese welcome
  • 6:30 – 8:00: African-inspired dinner (free-will offering)
  • 8:00 – 9:00: Presentations and Rwandan dancers

Discover what a difference your support makes

This year’s presentations feature:

  • Dr. Kae Neufeld, women’s retreat and computer-assisted learning facilitator
  • Christine Magill, author of The Hope that Remains

We are now set up to receive electronic donations!

  1. Visit www.saintandrewsunited.com
  2. Hit “Donate Now”
  3. Choose YEGO Rwanda from the menu
  4. Enter your donation information

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YEGO Rwanda 2019 Annual Report

It’s been a busy year and YEGO Rwanda has a lot to show for it! Learn all about our ongoing programs and new initiatives.

Read the 2019-AnnualReport.

 

 

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UPDATE: computer-assisted learning program

See the May report on YEGO’s computer-assisted learning (CAL) program. Learn about its objectives, outcomes and recommendations.

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Creating bonds of friendship

Students in the computer-assisted learning program are not only learning new skills, they’re also forming friendships and creating community.

This week the students took up a collection and threw a party for one of their classmates, Dianne. This program is proving to be successful on many levels!

A birthday celebration for Dianne, one of the students in the computer-assisted learning program.

The technical instructor Pascal presents Dianne with her birthday card.

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More than a computer class…

Josianne

Josianne is one of the students in the YEGO computer-assisted learning program. Not only is Josianne experiencing the joy of learning, she’s also experiencing what it means to be in community.

Josianne is an orphan, with no family to help her celebrate important milestones like birthdays. But last week her classmates got together and organized a party to mark the occasion, complete with candies, groundnuts and a small gift. The celebration included words of appreciation, encouragement for Josianne and a prayer.

There was a spirit of love, unity and solidarity in the classroom that day. What better way to build community, peace and hope for the future.

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Students in the computer-assisted learning class celebrate their classmate’s birthday.

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