Last week we had a wonderful demonstration of the timeless adage: “Many hands make light work” on a beautiful ranch nestled in the foothills of Sedalia, Colorado.
A hardy group of volunteers showed up to the Hollern Ranch to help load a container full of supplies and equipment headed for Rwanda. Even though none of us are container loading specialists, it went surprisingly well. With the help of a Bobcat tractor, a livestock scale, remarkable Tetris skills, spreadsheet expertise and some strong arms, legs and backs, we were able to load a 40-ft container headed for Rwanda.
Hope Haven team member Wendy Raffaeli was on scene as the container was loaded. As she put it, “The equipment needed to furnish and operate the secondary school is massive. We need everything from computers for the three computer labs to projectors, desks, chairs and whiteboards for the classrooms to linens for the dorms. We’re also outfitting a 700-person auditorium with seating, a projector and screen.”
Other companies and organizations have jumped in to be part of this grand adventure as well: Epic Water Filters, based in Boulder, CO, donated 3,000 Nalgene water bottles with filters for our students, ensuring portable, fresh water. The USAF Academy Chapel also donated new Bibles for each one of our upper Primary and Secondary students, keeping them spiritually refreshed as well!
We are so grateful for the financial and physical support to help make these container shipments happen. Not only is the campus construction progressing on time, the tools we need to continue fulfilling our mission are continuing to trickle in to Rwanda. There is a long way to go, but we are optimistic—largely because of partners like you! We are thrilled that we can continue to fulfill the dream: Transforming Rwanda through Christ-centered education and discipleship.
As the ancient sage Agur noted, there is a lot of wisdom in working together to prepare for upcoming seasons: “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer” (Proverbs 30:24-25).
As we prepare for the next season at Hope Haven Rwanda, we are doing our best to build wisely. On this journey of growth, we need a lot of wisdom along the way and we appreciate all the help we are receiving.
Speaking of journeys, what a journey these containers are on as they make their way to Rwanda! Please pray with us for safe transit, reasonable customs/duties and a smooth final delivery to our neighborhood.
We can all contribute in unique ways and it is a joy to serve alongside other like-hearted people. Is God leading you to pitch in and help somewhere new this week?