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Wednesday
Mar022016

Journey of the heart

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Muranzi, Rwanda A pair of friends in a rural area of northern Rwanda. Relationships are a huge part of the Rwandan culture.

It has been quite a stretch between posts.

My wife Cheryl and I returned the first of February from a three month mission trip to Rwanda which for me was broken up with a week long trip to both Lebanon and Kenya.

This was a trip of the heart for both of us. The first time we went to Rwanda in 2008 we knew we wanted to go back, which we did in 2009. When we were there in 2009 we knew we wanted to go back for an extended period of time which we had the opportunity to do from November 2015 through January of this year.

It was the people we had met those first trips that drew us back and now after three months we both feel like Rwanda is a second home and we will have to return again although that is in God's timing.

Relationships are a huge part of Rwandan culture — and as I also discovered in Lebanese and Kenyan culture too.

Sometimes I think we have really lost a valuable part of our society thanks to our busyness, technology, social media and privacy.

The entire Bible is written based on relationships. And yet often we — and I am guilty of this too — don't want to invest the time and effort in building relationships with others.

It is sad because a thousand Facebook friends can never even come close to one real friend that you know on a personal level through spending time talking and doing things with.

Perhaps with all the blessings we have in Canada and North America, we are sometimes blind to the blessings that the developing world has that we have chosen to ignore.

Here are a just a few photos from our time overseas. If anyone is interested in seeing more photos we will be doing a presentation at McLaurin Baptist (in Gateway south of the Casino) March 17 at 7 pm. If you can't make it there just contact either Cheryl or I and we can probably get together with you in the coming months.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Butaka, Rwanda Literacy class graduation at Butaka church which included two classes Butaka and Kabatwa, Tuesday Nov. 25/15.Photo Randy Vanderveen Kirehe District, Rwanda A pair of boys with their wooden bike.Photo Randy Vanderveen Kirehe District, Rwanda Naayumujinya Jean harvests climbing beans, pulls them off their poles and moves them to the front yard of his home so they can be set up to dry. The green beans are picked off to be set aside to allow them more time to ripen and dry.Photo Randy Vanderveen A young girl listens to her father talk, This family, refugees from Syria, has been out of Syria for two years living in the back of a stable with a tarp tent as one of the rooms. Photo Randy Vanderveen Lebanon An elderly woman in a refugee camp. Photo Randy Vanderveen A Syrian refugee with a flower behind his ear. Photo Randy Vanderveen A Muslim man works his prayer beads behind his back. Photo Randy Vanderveen Maiani, Kenya 2016-01-18 Mary has successfully started a small shop in her community thanks to the lessons learned and loan provided by a micro-loan finance project of CBM and ABC.Photo Randy Vanderveen Machakos, Kenya 2016-01-18 Serah Kaickye Mumo photographed outside her home in Machakos. Photo Randy Vanderveen Nairobi, Kenya A Muslim woman in Nairobi Kenya. There is a high population of Somalis like this woman in the poorer areas of Nairobi in addition to refugee camps in northern Kenya.

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