Though very thankful, I was not very inspired in Rwanda, until the end (I write outside, our 2nd day back to Uganda, while my wife gets a police certificate for her US visa interview). But the last 4 days were great for my wife & I, with good news of many new believers and a blind man healed from our Tanzania partner! He wrote below with my comments in blue:
Can I get the monthly support in your account tomorrow so that I can spend some to my family support while am away for ministry trip this week? (I usually don’t include $ talk, but I recently agreed to support David at $150/mo, as he has been faithful, has learned so much, & is producing good fruit, as you see below. If some of you could donate to help him, even $5 or $10/mo, which is easy by online automatic payment, it would benefit you to share the heavenly reward of our work!) Will travel on Wednesday morning to Dodoma for 4 days for a JESUS FILM ministry trip ,and after will connect 3 days to Singida to visit some house churches in order to strengthen them, especially leaders.
Last month we did house to house evangelism and showed the Jesus film (DVD), We had 326 people come to the Lord..We prayed for the sick and one blind man was healed, He had HIV. Now he is under teaching to get to know the bible.
David used a video projector that I sent him years ago, because I got a $500 donation & loud-speakers, that I got with a later $500 donation from a home church leader in Austin, when I was there, because another good leader hired me to replace his heating & cooling systems (I have 4 HVAC licenses) to help support me. In rural Tanzania, or most 3rd-world countries, those who often have no electricity & certainly no TV or DVD player will gladly come to watch any video! David has the Jesus Film on DVD, that can be played in 8 common East Africa languages. After showing it He preaches the gospel prays for the sick, casts out demons (we did that together twice) lead people to Jesus, & starts house churches in new homes. Then for very little support from me until recently, has gone back to do it more & train/encourage new leaders!
Good news for Racheal & I:
She had the sometimes normal pregnancy nausea (Americans call it morning sickness) but also felt very weak more than ½ of the time. She likes to work, but for the last several weeks, she only had occasional bursts of energy & was hungry, but was nauseated just to see food. She has a Uganda wireless that receives calls for free from Ugandan friends. Unlike me, she leaves it on at night. Sunday, the first, a friend woke us at 2 am and only said, “I have something to tell you after you get up. I’ll call later.” She was aggravated to be wakened for that, but for the first time in many weeks she woke up full of energy, able to eat, and felt like hand washing (normal here) our many dirty clothes (we do have a baby crawling on quickly dirtied floors & sometimes the dirt yard). So I went alone, to my first house-church meeting (with a young man I met & became acquainted with), while Racheal stayed to wash & hang dry our many dirty clothes. I’ll do the wash in America with our clothes washer & gas drier:).
We both had a great time that morning!
I had a wonderful time teaching by asking questions in a group of 8 adults & a wonderful mountain motorcycle ride in the cool, sunny morning beauty. She was very happily scrubbing away outside in the same morning sun when I got back after a long walk with my English speaking friend to save money, but happily, for good conversation. She told me, her friend, Kitibwa, called again & said she had been praying for Racheal & the Lord showed her that the devil did not like our marriage & particularly did not want us to have children or what leads to them. He had caused Racheal’s raised level of nausea, weakness, & wanted to destroy our relationship, but he didn’t make any progress at all! That very night, Racheal’s praying friend, bound his work. Racheal was so happy, as was I, for her & my experience, the rest of the day. After she finished hanging & pressing some of the clothes, we decided to walk to a nearby restaurant we had found, for a nice meal while Mama watched Ashkey. We had such a nice conversation about many things. I was thinking, “This is a day I should remember.” So, in thinking what was the date, I remembered, “It’s your birthday!” She was so happy & thankful that I remembered. She said, “This is the first time I have forgotten my own birthday.” She was so pleased that her new husband remembered it! When we got home, she told me, “I knew my mother could find me herbs to help, and I was more miserable than I could tell anyone, so I decided I should go alone back to Uganda, & meet you when we intended to travel to Kenya for my visa interview. But every time, I wanted to tell you, the Lord would not let me!” Then she showed me that our small carry-on luggage was already packed for her trip that never took place!
Thankfully her visa interview was delayed by poor communication, until she was feeling well enough to travel with me to & in Uganda, getting police certificates (required-we’re in a police office now, when I wrote this, with a friend she remembered she had getting the first).
Next we were on a mission to get final documents ready for her visa interview and say goodbye to her family in Uganda, but we had such a good time with both new & old friends & family the last few days in Rwanda! My good friend, who was teaching our house-servant English before Provi (last African wife) died & who has helped me in so many ways (because his English is good) took me to meet a family who wanted to learn English, but as it turns out, are very Christian & whose oldest daughter (20) said, “How can I be a good wife?” She also wants to help orphans
To & in Uganda:
We were blessed, with favor from the beginning, starting with seat # 1 & 2 on the first bus, enough time (& money in my business account) for me to race to get enough money to cover my $50 Uganda visa (I forgot until we had boarded the bus early). The front seat spared Racheal the nausea she had coming on the back of the bus, & gave me a place to stretch out my legs for the 14 hrs of travel, minus stopping at the border crossing.
Most of our short time revolved around getting two police certificates for her visa interview, but we had a wonderful time visiting, first with one of her pastor’s (where we stayed before our wedding) and even more joyfully the 2.5 days visiting her family, and especially the good long talks I had with her recently saved father, the best of which was when she was in town, while Ashkey slept in our hotel room. Her father & I so enthusiastically love each other & rejoice together, even though I have to struggle to speak to him in Swahili, and he to reply in English, as we both understand those languages quite well.
Unfortunately, I lost many photos on my SD card & my other PDA camera did not synchronize my Uganda photos or videos & they disappeared when I synchronized it with my computer.
We went back to the capital to pick up the finished (we hoped) Interpol certified police certificate. It took two full days to get done, but God gave Racheal favor, while I packed for our 8pm departure to Kenya. Even though her paperwork had not arrived & her friend had to race to a bank for another receipt for payment of a government fee, (many African governments only accept deposits at banks) she found a man who gave her a certificate, even though the other dept. had not delivered her paperwork. He just trusted her while many others had waited all day for what they needed and did not get it. Her friend just got in before they locked the bank doors, & she got her certificate just before they closed, & Racheal reserved the last two separate seats on the bus service we had chosen!
They even accepted 35,000 shillings ($14) instead of 50,000 ($20.50) for our 3 large bags & a box, because that’s all I had after we paid our fare. For that they took care of customs on our new printer, too.
Though we were tired after 13 hours on the bus, Racheal agreed to go to the US approved health center for the start of her two day medical exam with an extra day needed for results to be sent to the embassy for her interview. It’s a good thing we did, because they did not begin it, but just set an appointment for the next morning, meaning her results would arrive Mon, before her scheduled Tue. Interview!
We have enjoyed our time with Patrick, his wife, Lois, and their four children. Patrick & I are usually walking, talking, & busing in town, after we drop off Racheal for her two ½ days of exams while our daughter Ashkey stays with Patrick’s family. We have also gone to team-teach at small meetings, that last with Racheal contributing to my teaching about training children as the responsibility of parents.
Saturday night was really encouraging for all of us, as the large house meeting confirmed that I do have spiritual discernment. I sensed a dominating spirit through the pastor’s wife, but said nothing about it. I asked for questions. 3 people explained dreams. I’m not very revelatory, but I usually can accurately interpret dreams, I am told by the dreamers. The lady who seemed to dominate, showed a good heart in testimony, but she asked me to explain the meaning of her dream. I don’t recommend it, but God afforded me a gentle way to give her correction, which she thankfully received well, even though it was public & contained in teaching to the whole group. Much of our teaching (Patrick & I) was about breaking bondage & overcoming dark spirits who sometimes come as “angels of light”. I was even able to quote some scripture by memory in Swahili to encourage the women in her earnest bid to be a humble servant of the body of Christ.
We have really been blessed financially, as for the first time, I left someone in charge of my business who has made it substantially profitable, even after he takes ½ of the gross profit, & had put significant deposits for me to use in my business account! Mostly, because of that, I have enough money for her USA ticket and most of our travel expenses to go together to an expensive “Educator’s Symposium” in S. Carolina, as I feel the burden to start a good private school, most likely in Kenya, first, because the way our children are educated, is the greatest success of our Kingdom work, or the demise of our entire society. Even though she clearly does not want to be apart from me, we still agree, that I should travel alone, if her visa is delayed, to go to that symposium in person, so I can say, we still have no real disagreements after almost 5 mos. of marriage! We agree, we want to be together, but we must not neglect the foundations of our future kingdom work. She had a short job teaching in a secondary school in Uganda, & both her & the students loved her teaching! She should be a great asset in any educational project started & overseen by me.
About the school idea:
I have observed that much of the destruction of Western society comes through the influence of government leaders and major media who are primarily well educated in humanistic public or private schools. This is also happening in African nations who model their governments on western nations, especially the USA, and do not want to promote any religion, which means a lack of moral education in the public & some private schools.
I am blessed to be a well liked unconventional teacher who happened to take some very excellent education classes nearly 30 years ago. I also have an aptitude and broad knowledge in economics, government, health, history and all the social sciences and the good fortune to know of a educator’s symposium, presented by four members of a private Christian school whose students have outperformed in measurable performance, all public and virtually all private US schools. On top of that, God has provided more funds for my travels than after any other African trip, & linked me with a man who was the lead founder of a private secondary school in Kenya & who has available donated property and permission already granted from the government to start another school!
I am eager to attend this symposium and meet some of the leaders to find out how they have such success, with only four days of school/week for their students, & no homework!
After that we can raise money to build a school & house in Kenya, develop a curriculum that meets Kenya requirements, but adds leadership training content.
Racheal’s visa, 11 days in Kenya & back to our home countries:
I generally haven’t had good experiences with US embassies, except they aren’t known for seeking bribes. To get a visa, you must interview, when you have all the myriad of documents, alone, unless you need an interpreter. Ironically, instead of raising any abjection about where she had lived, worked, and schooled, or the criminal reports, the counselor asked questions that should have been directed to me! Knowing she was pregnant, his questions implied he thought I was not the father & doubted that I was with her when she got pregnant. It would be obvious if you compared our passports, considering she had never left Uganda until we were both in Rwanda & we were in Uganda at the time of our ceremonies & honeymoon. He even said he wanted a DNA test after our baby was born. But Racheal is very mature. She said, “God has a perfect timing.” We already agreed, I should go to the educator’s symposium at MorningStar Aug 3-4,. My finances seem to improve the more the US economy lags, to the point that, since no flights were available on my missionary ticket (which included Ashkey) & it’s good until March, either direction, the Lord blessed my Christian travel agent to stumble across a ticket from Kenya, to the conference near Charlotte, NC, for just over $1,000, but even better for about $1,600 round-trip with a low cost change for return for a bit over $1,600, after I get to New York. So now I have 2 paid for across the ocean fares to get me back to Africa &/or return on one with Ashkey. I even have enough for the symposium, nice hotel rooms, & travel home, not to mention our current bus ride with 4 adults to Patrick’s home land where we expect to build a high class private school! I’m typing on the bus to town to catch the long-distance 5 hr bus ride for our 5 day trip, including a wedding of Patrick’s brother, and teaching a group of new bible-school graduates.
This trip includes school building site survey, choice, and talking to our general contractor, who is Patrick’s brother who came to Jesus after Patrick, after beating Patrick many times for his faith.
We will visit & help more house churches in Patrick’s current home area, after we return, until my departure August 1.
Racheal will return to our good pastor host in Uganda, with Ashkey. I’d rather bring Ashkey with me, but the USA governments are so unfriendly to parents and fathers, in particular, that I was pressured to sign an agreement to not have Ashkey on “work-sites” with me, as I did June to March. If I had gone to court it could have delayed our good trip and marriage for months. In the minds of the government, leaving a child in a nice living room with nice friendly old experienced mothers, when you are in the house walking in & out is dangerous to their health, just because it is a “work-site”. And everyone thinks of work-sites in construction as dangerous for babies. But my work-sites are like visiting friends & certainly safer than leaving her with people for a whole day that I don’t know very well! So I will leave Ashkey with her new mother, until I can get that agreement nullified in court or until Racheal can come with me & our new baby. I agree with many that our government has grown too large & too intrusive to good parenting to the point that any crazy complaining person can jeopardize custody, because in child-protection, you are guilty until you pay a lawyer to prove you innocent, especially if you are a single father, no matter how great a father you are. The first one who complained against me was apparently an older man-hating women (prejudiced against single fathers) because she complained about dangers of things she had never seen, like my water heaters that are heated with gas lights & are the required code distance from combustible materials. Such is a culture where most young adults are immoral, singles, and women do not respect men.
I really enjoyed Ashkey’s company, despite the difficulty of running a business as a widower father of a small baby, but Racheal is experienced, having done much of the raising of her younger siblings, especially her baby sister, who lived with her & was taken to school, etc. away from the rest of the family. I want to be a good father of Ashkey. Part of that is working to provide for her, her mother, and her coming siblings. I’d rather be apart from her for a time, than (the first time more than a week in her first 17 months) than risk losing her because a crazy American complains because I take her to work, when I own the business! Fortunately the child-protection guy I talked to last told me they have no jurisdiction or official concern over my actions in Africa and she does have East African (Rwanda) nationality.
I fly straight to Charlotte, NC, then find a way to get back home Aug 5.
Without Ashkey, I should have time to earn a lot of money & get some capital for building a school & home in Kenya. But I do expect we will spend a lot of time in the USA, but continue ministry combined with business in Africa.
My 2nd paid-for return ticket just cost $50 to change, so I can return when Racheal & I decide is right, but likely late October -Dec. My father may decide to come to Africa with me, since returning to the USA is no problem for all of us after our new baby is born (probably early January).
We may build our residence above the classrooms. The school should generate enough income to pay us well, but if we are not ready to start the school & teach, we can come together to my mostly recession-proof business, which is busy in service in January & February.
About the economy & my own increasing prosperity:
I don’t really know any one thing that has caused my prosperity, but I’m rather the opposite of our government, who started carrying a federal debt load the year prayer was removed from public schools! My business down-sized in 2005, & left the beyond payable debts with the closed corporation. I don’t like not paying debts, but there was provided by God the 7 yr. Jubilee. This is 7 years since my asserts were stolen by the man who never paid for the business he bought! Here is the advice I give from my own experience:
“Seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness…” Matt 6:33. I have never lacked the basics, though tested, since I started that 43 years ago.
Start your own business. There is more education in the failures and successes of business than in working for someone else. And more freedom to obey God! There are big tax benefits, too with good accounting advice!
Be frugal! Don’t try to have things that people expect. Count your money as a resource that is a tool for the work of God & one you must be faithful to use for the profit of your master.
This might be new to you: About the time my business started growing against expectation (fall 2008) I had begun to give to more ministries every month. I only give $5-15/mo to several good ministries, but I use my online banking to do recurrent payments, if they don’t have recurring charges, so it doesn’t take much time or thought on my part. It seems as my really small giving increases, my self-supported missionary trips grow longer & financially easier. This is my 2nd 5 month trip, over twice as long as my average previous trips, with more money at the end of both than previous trips & a new baby on the last, but a new wife & coming baby on the this one. Hasn’t God blessed me. Even my US house & business have improved despite being out of the country 5 months each year!
I can suggest you give tax deduct-ably to New Wave Ministry, but it really doesn’t make much difference to me where you give. But you are the one who will grow rich in heaven if you support ministries that do not waste money, like us, Heaven’s Family, World Missionary Press, House@House, etc. As for us, since I pay most things myself, I use donations as specified or in a very efficient way, like for materials to duplicate Jesus DVDs, DVD players or the very best books to give to leaders. If I get big donations, I might buy more Jesus Film DVD projectors, speakers, or if really big, even build or equip a school/training center for leaders.
I really feel sorry for many Americans, because your investments my vaporize or turn into hyper inflated dollars, but the coming economic dive (yes, I said that) is an opportunity to make a profit, if you invest in something that is needed during the times that come, like advertising a service business in a phone book:). The advertisers are looser now. I am running ads that say I make Jesus disciples in 6 African countries and some people say the call for that reason!
Thanks for listening to my news & thoughts!
Naye Lia kwa Mapenzi na Furaha,…
He Who Weeps with Love & Joy, for the Beautiful African Bride of Christ
(Known in the past as Greg Cunningham)
Mail & donations to:
New Wave Ministry
29731 C. Rd. 28
Elkhart, IN 46517, USA
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If you want to call or text. My Rwanda phones are +250 72 295 9696, +250 784 55 25 95, & Racheal’s is +250-728-980-012.