Current Priority Projects/Prayer Requests
ROOFS FOR RWANDA ........
Roofs are required for churches, pastors’ houses, vocational training buildings, health centres, school classrooms. These are places where people meet for worship, fellowship, education, training and pastoral care. The government stipulates metal roofing which is expensive in the context of Rwanda but perhaps not so expensive to us. With growing churches, and a rapidly growing population, the need is enormous.
Please give to help put roofs on these buildings - the cost of one metal sheet is only £15. Trustees visit Rwanda regularly to ensure that the money passed on is spent on the projects for which it is given.
AN EXAMPLE: GOOD NEWS - ROOFING FOR THE CHURCH AT RUSHOKA
Rev. Jean Pierre, the Diocesan Liaison Officer, had reported extreme difficulties in Rushoka Parish. Trustees were able to accompany Bishop Jered to assess the situation during their March 2015 visit. Local parishioners had been able to build the walls for their new church but they badly needed iron sheets for the roof. The church is big and there was a very real fear that if iron sheets were not found quickly, the walls would collapse during the heavy downfalls of the rainy season. The Trust was able to provide significant funds to help with the completion of this church. Jean Pierre reports: 'the people of Rushoka feel a great sense of satisfaction and thanksgiving to God - and to all of those friends who contributed.'
There are other Diocesan buildings facing similar difficulties. Might you be able to help?
HELPING TO PUT A MARKETING STRATEGY IN PLACE:
The Diocese aims at financial independence and is well placed with its encouragement of individual and cooperative enterprise. There are pineapple cooperatives able to send fruit to the Muhanga Processing Plant equipped to produce juice and jam; and vocational schools which produce woodwork items and finished clothing. The Trust is looking at ways to support distribution of materials around the Diocese.
CURRENT AREAS OF TRUST INVOLVEMENT:
Nursery School classrooms
Health Centres in rural areas
Women’s Associations – appeals for livestock and agricultural aids
TO ACCUMULATE GENERAL FUNDS:
Whilst the David Dale Shyogwe Trust finances specific projects with funds given by individual sponsors and church/school links, the Trust is keen to be in a position to provide monies for various projects as and when the need arises. Each time Trustees visit the Diocese, they are made aware of pressing needs and it is good to have funds at their disposal to make an immediate, but prioritised, response. Trustees will next visit Rwanda in July 2017.
The Trust has experienced very real answer to prayer. From time to time we receive prayer requests from the Diocese - for example when there is considerable hardship because of the late arrival of the rainy season. Certainly your prayer for Trustees as they visit Shyogwe would be much appreciated. Specific prayer requests can be seen in the Prayer Point letters below: