Well, the constant activities have been teaching and volunteering at the daycare run by the Brazilian religious congregation. This week I haven't taught because the students are taking final exams, but before that I was happily teaching nine periods a week. My mission report will mention some of the topics I've taught recently. On Tuesday mornings I head over to the Brazilians' place to spend a few hours with children 2-6 years old. This past week it made me so happy to hold a girl who wanted to snuggle during the play time. It is so nice to have a child in my arms.
There were some one-time events for the year, such as saying goodbye to the French Fidesco family, hosting a Mardi Gras party, and attending a special retreat in Kigali.
First, the Fraternity of Jesus retreat on Feb 28-March 2. The Fraternity of Jesus is a sub-group of members in the Emmanuel Community who feel called to be more radically available for mission in the Church and in the context of the Emmanuel Community. I made the trial step in the Fraternity in December 2010 and remain in that stage. Anyway, the retreat was nice. I had good translators, which makes a world of difference when listening to hour-long teachings. I still fell asleep sometimes, but I heard enough that I went away challenged to be more faithful to my prayer time.
|The King Cake|
Third, Rita and I said goodbye to our fellow Fidesco volunteers in Butare, Ronan and Segolene des Horts and their four kids, on March 15. Sad. They had finished their two years of service so it was time for them to head back to France and resume life there. Rita and I had them over for brunch on the day they drove to Kigali, two days before they would fly to France, and it was really sad to watch them drive away for the last time. We know other expatriate families in town, but I think it's fair to say we shared a special bond with the des Horts family because we were part of the same organization and they were the ones to welcome us when we arrived. Here are some pictures from our time together.
|My welcoming team the night I arrived in Butare on the bus|
|November 2013. My roommate and I are on the left side and the guy on the right is Timothee, one of the two French volunteers in Kigali at the center for street boys. Jeremie arrived a little over a month ago so no photos of him yet.|
|One final picture before saying goodbye|