I started receiving some of my own pastor's letters last week! Here's the letter we received from Habimana's center.
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
My name is Hamenyimana Bonaventure, pastor of Rugarama Parish, in the northern region of Rwanda, that ministers to your sponsored child at EEAR Gafumba Student Center. Our area has got the Volcano Park and the mountain gorillas.
I am very thankful to you for supporting, praying for, and loving Habimana.
Our area is a village whose people live mainly by agricultural products, though the land is small and less productive. We have widows and orphans who really need holistic support and who are willing to be released from poverty.
What I have personally seen regarding the children attending the center's program is that children are making progress comparing to others who are not supported by the center. There is really a positive change, financially and spiritually. Because of preaching and telling them about our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, their lives are always renewed and getting well. Some families of sponsored children have been able to fulfill many important plans such as buying a plot of land, cows, goats, and they are repairing their houses for good comfort.
There is always a great joy when children receive a letter from their sponsor. Actually they become very happy and so much interested in what is written. They are happy because there is someone who is interested in their lives. On the other hand, when children miss a letter from their sponsor, it makes them feel sad and worried and always continues to pray that one day they may get a sponsor and start to communicate to the sponsor through receiving and writing letters, pictures, toys, and also welcome a sponsor. The children wish to meet their sponsor and to thank their sponsor. If possible, please accept the invitation and come so that your child's joy may be filled. May God always bless you!
It is with great pleasure that we thank you for your generosity for Habimana. We would like to tell you that the children will always pray for you and wish you all the best. Many blessings from our heavenly Dad.