Field Trip to Explore Heritage
Our children had never visited any of them, so we wanted to give them a chance to discover something about their national heritage.
We took a drive out to Butare to visit the Rwandan National Museum.
The children were very inquisitive and we were all fascinated to learn that they had so much history behind them.
Younger Children to Relocate to Kigali
We are trying to get the Ishimwe Center registered as a local entity, but the city authorities are uncomfortable with such a large number of children in a single home.
Two hours away in Kigali where we live, we were renting out surplus rooms to an American couple, but they have recently left This has opened up a new opportunity for managing the overcrowding. Starting in June, we will move the youngest half of the family into our own home. Trisha and Kaitlyn Kiley have volunteered to be on location for six weeks to help with the transition. They will be arriving on June 8th. The rationale for leaving the older ones behind in Ruhengeri is that we have not found any decent affordable schooling in our Kigali neighborhood. There are a couple of good schools nearby but at $3000 per year, they are out of reach for us. It is easier to cater for the education of the younger children. We are going to begin home schooling for them at our home. Faith & Trisha will design a curriculum for them.
This change is definately going to liven up our home and we are looking forward to it tremendously. The old home in Ruhengeri will continue to be run by Judith. To minimize the feelings of separation, we plan to make some weekend visits and to exchange children between the homes during school holidays.
John & Amy Boyden to Run for Ishimwe
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint..” Isaiah 40:31
In 1987, I ran my first (and only) marathon. Janet and I had been married just over five years, our son Todd was two, I had hair, and I was determined to run, run, run! And run I did. Now, a mere 23 years later… On December 5, 2010, my daughter Amy and I will join thousands of runners at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. You may ask yourself…can he still run? Or maybe you are asking yourself… why is he telling me this?
The answer: To give purpose to my efforts in running 26.2 miles! I will be running in support (spelled: fund raiser) of the Ishimwe Center. Founded by Faith and Roger Shaw, Ishimwe is a home for abandoned children in Rwanda. Yet it isn’t just a ‘home’, but rather a family setting of love, nurturing, and caring support for kids. Our family has known this amazing couple for at least ten years, and these folk are the ‘real deal’. Their hearts, minds and souls are passionate for Christ and for ministering to the kids in Rwanda. Your support would help immensely. I would also ask for you to pray for the kids, the adult caretakers, and, Roger and Faith. Their leap of faith in providing a home for 20 kids is amazing and inspiring. Just knowing that they have an army of faithful, loving prayer warriors here, who are holding them up in prayer, would also give great encouragement!
Funds won’t be due until after I finish the race (and I plan on finishing!). The next 6 months will be a time of preparation for the run. Between now and the race, I estimate I will log approximately 500+ miles in training. If you are interested in following the journey, I’ve set up a blog. I will post updates weekly on my progress. You may get a taste of what it takes to complete a marathon.
Thank you for considering my request for your support. If you have any questions about the Ishimwe Center or
about running, do not hesitate to contact me..... So will you join me in supporting Ishimwe?
In Christ’s love!
PS – Lao-tzu (c 604-531 b.c. and probable runner) said “The longest journey begins with a single step.” My paraphrase would be that “every journey begins with a single prayer.” Whether you can support Ishimwe financially or not, please join me in praying that God will work through Ishimwe, that He will get the glory, and that He would also grant me strength and health to run the race before me. – JB