Sunday, March 1, 2015


Good morning!
I used to be really intentional about focusing on a specific special cause every month. Sometimes we focused on a local cause, sometimes a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend someone had posted on Facebook, sometimes just a large charity.
That changed once we signed up for Compassion and started sponsoring a young man and his family. We do still give to other causes but our main focus is Kirabo and his family. We focus on the regular $38/month contribution, plus a small additional amount we pay for their emergency system, and we also like to give a little extra to him and his family where we can.
We really love giving to Kirabo and his family. It's wonderful to be able to make a difference for them, and it's so touching to read his letters and get to hear from him.
I've been thinking a lot about him lately and something was weighing on my heart. We talked a lot about it and came up with a plan.
We are not in a position financially to completely sponsor another child/family on our own, but we still really want to. Then we wondered how many of you out there would like to help but just can't afford the full monthly commitment?
So we decided just to pray about it and take a leap. We would like to sponsor a young lady as a group. We signed up to sponsor 13-year-old Ayingeneye in Rwanda. She has been awaiting a sponsor for almost a full year so it makes me really happy to know she finally has some.

We signed up to pay the basic $38 per month which means, since it's March 1st, we'll need a total of $380 to pay for the remainder of this year. We'd like to ask you to consider making a contribution, even if it's just $1, to help us make that happen. We would especially love to be able to send a little extra to her and her family each month. There is a cap on the amount a family can receive in one year so if we were to somehow go over that amount in donations, which would of course be wonderful, we'd like to put the rest towards Compassion's Rescue Babies & Mothers program.
If you are interested in helping but don't like to make purchases online, we are more than happy to accept cash/check donations from family and friends we know personally, or to have them collect cash/check donations from their own friends/co-workers. 

Because we'll be paying monthly, we're accepting donations for this all year long. Please consider joining in! We'd really like to share some names and let her know this is a group effort, and we'll definitely be sharing every letter and update we receive. If you aren't able to or aren't interested in helping out with a monetary donation, please pray for her and her family, and please also pray that we might be able to encourage her through our letters and raise the funds to send them a little extra each month!

I've already written her our first letter and let her know that we're getting help for her sponsorship. I told her I can't wait to share with her some names and a little bit about people who are praying for her and helping us with the financial aspect.
Here's some information about Ayingeneye from the Compassion website.

OVERVIEW: Ayingeneye lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Ayingeneye works at home carrying water and gathering firewood. There are 3 children in the family. For fun, Ayingeneye enjoys jumping rope, playing ball games and hide-and-seek. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average. Please remember Ayingeneye in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.

COMMUNITY: Ayingeneye lives in the hillside community of EMLR Musanze, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and worms. Most adults in EMLR Musanze are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs tutoring classes, scholastic materials and affordable secondary education. Your sponsorship allows the staff of Musanze Student Center to provide Ayingeneye with Bible teaching, choir, health screening, hygiene and nutrition education, games, field trips, scholastic materials, tutoring classes, home visits and opportunities for community service. The center staff will also provide evangelism and child development training for the parents or guardians of Ayingeneye.

COUNTRY: Rwanda consists mainly of grassy uplands and hills that extend southeast from a chain of volcanoes in the northwest. It is divided by several rivers and has many lakes. The climate is temperate with two main annual rainy seasons. Rwanda's culture is an anguished story of three ethnic groups inhabiting the same country: the Twa, Hutus and Tutsis. The Twa were joined by the migration of the forbearers of today's Hutus and constitute a small percentage of the population today. The Hutus were agriculturalists and thus culturally in contrast with the Tutsis, who raised livestock. Tensions between the Tutsis and Hutus became the basis for one of the most devastating civil wars and genocides in world history. Today most families live in a self-contained compound. Those with HIV/AIDS number half a million. English is the official language of Rwanda, although French and Kinyarwanda are still used. Most Rwandans are Catholics; Protestant is the second largest religion. Compassion works throughout the country. For more than 400 years, Rwanda was ruled by a Tutsi monarchy. In 1959, Hutus gained control of the government and forced the Tutsis to flee the country. A Tutsi-led insurrection in 1990, fighting to return to their country, caused civil strife that culminated in 1994 when over one million people were killed and two million fled to neighboring countries. A new constitution was adopted in 1995, and many refugees have since returned but the country still struggles with the devastating effects of the war and genocide. In 1999, Rwanda had its first local elections installing President Maj. Gen. Paul Kagame. Kagame was reelected in 2003 and 2010.

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