We realized that none of the children know how to swim. Public pools in Rwanda are rather exclusive and we wouldn't be welcome unless we came in small groups. But we have a big lake. Unfortunately, the swamp at the far end is home to crocodiles & hippos, but they are very rare at our end and are will not attack unless they feel threatened. Shistosomiasis has not been reported from this lake and I think it's because there are no aquatic snails. Anyway, we decided to put our fears behind us and start swimming. It's always nice and warm. Every child has a life belt and they all love it. So far, no-one has learnt to swim, but they are gaining confidence and it's such fun.
This Christmas, we were blessed to have our great friends from Colorado, Phil & Micelle McKinney. They stayed with us at the farm for three weeks. Not Kigali, but the farm - complete with water outages, power cuts, 1995 style internet speeds, and no shops or restaurants around. They gave themselves to loving the kids. Thanks to the great weather, we were able to play out most of the day. After our friends left, everyone agreed that they'd had the best Christmas ever!
Every year just before Christmas we throw a big party for the village. A few hundred came. We also invite Eddie, a Rwandan pastor. We give our testimony and Eddie preaches. He asks them to think who is it who changes the hearts of Roger & Faith enough to have them give up a comfortable life in Silicon Valley to come & live our here in this small African village. He made an alter call and some came forward to commit their lives to Christ.
Ray & Gemma were our Christmas gifts one year ago. We got them when they were one year old, so now they are thirteen months. We recently had them retested for HIV and they came out negative again. They are healthy and crawling all over the place. Ray can walk a few steps. We can hardly believe our good fortune. The twins never have a dull moment with so many big brothers & sisters playing with them all the time.
Roger & Faith Shaw from Rwanda