A few weeks before we left Rwanda she approached us and asked if we could help fix her home as it was beginning to fall apart. It was hard for Dean and I to hear her plight and not be able to do much of anything to help. With only weeks until we were going back to Canada, we simply didn't have the finances or the time to raise them before leaving. So we prayed with her and told her that we would not for get her...and we never have.
|Odetta's falling down, leaky house|
As soon as we felt the time was right to go back to Rwanda, God brought Odetta's situation back to us fresh. Now was the time to see her in a safe home. God gave us a name for this project, He called it "Operation 1:27" out of James 1:27 "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you."
|Fulgence in the ball cap, working to build Odetta a new home|
We spoke to Fulgence last night on the phone and Odetta's home should be completed in the next week or so and praise God under budget; they are putting the finishing touches on now and when they are done, she is going to have the one of the best digs in the village! Her home has been built out of reinforced concrete - not mud, she has a good metal roof, steel outer doors, solid wood interior doors and actual windows with glass...it is safe to say that her socks have been blessed right off! Fulgence happened to be with Odetta when we called and he was relaying to her in Kinyarwanda that once we arrived we were going to take her shopping so that she can pick out whatever color she wants to paint the inside and outside of her house, and shopping for material for real curtains on her windows, to which she sent over the phone big "MURAKOZE CYANE!" (THANK YOU VERY MUCH) but as soon as we had Fulgence tell her that we were bringing interior solar lights for her rooms inside the house the crowd broke into applause...safe light at night - truly something to celebrate!
|Clearing the land|
|Starting the foundation|
|Ready for a roof!|