Family & Friends,
Before I left for Rwanda, I was warned about the four month “wall” that all African newbies face. They meant the honeymoon of a new place will wear off and the difficulty of living in Rwanda faces you like a wall. I marked the four month day on my calendar – Today. Several readers pointed me to Psalm 18:29, “And by my God I can leap over a wall”. I started praying that I would be ready to “scale” or “jump” over that wall. My first two weeks were the most difficult, but each week you learn the “ropes” of a new place. And ropes are good for getting over walls. I’m not overconfident. Maybe it will be a six or twelve month wall, but I am happy, content and productive right where I am. I still give a short Kinyarwandan introduction when I speak. It says that I’m here “until Jesus returns”. I love my students, my co-workers and just about everything in Kigali, but driving. My goal is to teach as long as Multnomah’s founder Dr. Mitchell – until he was 97 years. Actually, I added a prayer for three extra years and so my goal is an even 100 years old. I did not notice the four month wall, and so now it is 4 months down and, Lord willing, 33 years to go!
Rwandan Rookie, G