Category: Rwanda

Elderly couple find hope

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Mzee Samson is 69 years old. He is seen here with his wife. All their children died in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In their culture, it is normally the children who look after elderly parents in their old age. So life is difficult.

Mzee has a long term back problem but could never afford medical treatment. They couldn’t even afford the £3 per person per year medical insurance from the government.

They were both amazed and overjoyed to receive the gift of annual medical insurance from RSVP Trust. You can see it on their faces.

Now Mzee can get the medical care he needs.

Total cost of these smiles? £6.

If you want to help us create more smiles like these, please donate any amount here.

91 year old lady and mentally disabled daughter

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Veronica (in the yellow hat) was born in 1925. Most of her family were killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She is frequently ill. She lives with her daughter and grandson. Her daughter is mentally disabled.

Veronica worries what will happen to her grandson if she dies.

Thanks to RSVP supporters, all three family members now have medical insurance for one year, at £3 per person.

Though they still face many challenges, at least now they can get healthcare when they need it.

If you want to help us to help people like Veronica and her family, please donate here.

Widowed, evicted and homeless

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This is Marie. Her husband died two months ago. Now she cannot afford the rent and has been evicted from her small home. Now she sleeps outdoors with her children.

She has no work or way of earning money. The £3 per person annual medical insurance was impossible.

Now, thanks to RSVP supporters, she at least has medical insurance for herself and both her children. Total cost: £9. Thank you!

If you want to help us to help people like Marie and her family, please donate here.

Left disabled from 1995 accident

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This is John. He was run over by a car in 1995. He was unable to afford medical care and so, as a result of the accident, he became disabled. He is unable to stand. He has no wheelchair and has to crawl everywhere. He survives by begging in the marketplace.

The family are so poor they are unable even to afford the £3 per person annual medical insurance offered by the government.

When our worker discovered John and his family, he broke down in tears.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters at RSVP, we were able to pay for medical insurance for the whole family at a total cost of only £15 for one year!

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It doesn’t give John the ability to walk again but the family were so happy that if anyone has an accident or illness from now on, they can go straight to hospital as they are now insured.

Thank you RSVP supporters!

If you’d like to help us to help people like John and his family, please donate here.

A new start for a group of women.

After the success of the first group of women who have recently graduated the RSVP Freedom project tailoring course in Rwanda, We are pleased to announce, that thanks to RSVP Supporters, another group of 20 women have been able to start a new tailoring course.

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We are looking for the following support:
– people who can sponsor a sewing machine at £90 per lady.
– people who can sponsor a woman on the training course at £5 monthly or £60 one off for a year.
– people who can donate any amount to help pay the teacher.

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Gizelle, The teacher with the new group of women on the tailoring course.

If you would like to help us with this project please visit our website, or Download an information pack here.

A bright Future ahead

The RSVP Freedom Project, pioneered by Alison Fenning, has helped many women find their path out of poverty and prostitution, bringing dignity and hope to their families.

In May 2015 a group of 30 women graduated the first RSVP Freedom Project Tailoring course in Rwanda.

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Don & Alison with the women in Rwanda at their graduation.

This month each of the women who graduated the Freedom Project Tailoring course in May, received a sewing machine so they can begin their own tailoring business.

image2-1 IMG_4621 image4This is a fantastic milestone in this project, and we really would like to thank all our supporters who have been able to help with donations and prayers.
Because of you, these women now have a bright future ahead of them!!

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The women of the Freedom Project with their sewing machines.

There are more women due to begin the next course, if this is something you feel you would like to support please see our website for ways to help.
THANK YOU!

In Gethsemane

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‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful’

Mark 14:34

Some thoughts by Don Egan

The events of Holy Week are the real roots of Christianity. We follow a suffering Saviour. Much of Christendom has dumbed down the message of Jesus to some Disneyesque-positive-thinking-trite-slogan religion where the idea is, if you pray enough, God will make everything OK and we’ll all live happily ever after. That is not the message of Jesus at all.

Life involves suffering for every man woman and child born on earth.

Some suffer more than others. Some suffering is physical while others suffer emotionally.

For thirty years I was hurting badly. Emotionally traumatised by grief, I somehow got on with life but was only ever firing on two or three cylinders at most. If the Disneyesque Jesus was real, he’d have sent the Fairy Godmother and waved a magic wand and taken my pain away before now. But he didn’t.

When I read the account of Jesus in Gethsemane I am encouraged. I know I’m following a Jesus who understands entirely what it is to be bowed down with grief and sorrow.

This is the mystery of God. While some do get miracles of healing – and I’ve seen many – others continue to suffer badly. In these situations Jesus seems to enter into our suffering rather than taking it away. I don’t know why that is.

One of my frustrations over the years has been seeing many people healed and set free through a healing ministry God seems to have given me, while at the same time I couldn’t get my own wound healed.

If we go beyond the Gospel according Walt Disney, we can see the profound mystery of the wounded healer. There have been many down the ages and even today, a large number of good therapists are themselves wounded healers.

Jesus, of course, is the greatest example of the wounded healer, even quoting a proverb of the time – ‘You will surely say this proverb to me, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’’ Luke 4:23.

I’ve written about my own struggle in a new book Jaded Heart – to be published in a few weeks time. But as I think about Jesus, overwhelmed with sorrow shortly before his arrest, I am encouraged. There is a Saviour who still comes to me, who visits me in the dark times of my soul.

I know so many are facing horrible times just now. I know others, like myself, whose present life is not bad but the past still drags them down. I have no magic wand to take away your pain. But there is great value in meditating on Jesus in the Garden of darkness, and allowing his gentle spirit to connect with our pain. He is the Good Shepherd. He will lead us through to better days ahead.

At the end of May, I will be returning to Rwanda – a place that has known incredible suffering on a scale unimaginable. We will be taking food and bedding to the poor, feeding the hungry and speaking of the Jesus who enters into our world.

If you would like to be a partner in this Mission of Mercy, you can donate a gift towards the costs via our website or through the mail.

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