What a whirlwind the first half of 2018 has been! We have seen tremendous growth and strength in our programs and churches, accomplished many goals (both professional and personal), and clocked another year here in Rwanda. We are so grateful for all of your support and encouragement!
One of the things we are excited about is the opportunity to host more church teams and visitors! As our programs become more established, and our life here more stable, we have the capacity to host more groups who want to learn about our ministry and build relationships here in Rwanda. If you or your church would be interested in visiting us here in Kigali, please contact us! We would love to have you!
As we look at the second half of 2018, we have SO much to anticipate and celebrate. Matthew’s program quadrupled this month, we both celebrated our 30th birthdays, we will host 3 teams in the next few months, Halle will start full time at a new school, and I (Karli) am starting a new social media consulting business. We have so much to be thankful for!
Part of looking ahead to the next season is planning financially- so, we have a few needs we want to make you aware of. Firstly, I am going to start seeing a professional therapist here in Kigali twice a month. In addition to my need for ongoing grief counseling and anxiety support, I’ve had a few traumatic incidents recently (we are safe, don’t worry) that I really need to process with a professional. For me to have 2 sessions a month with a professional therapist here will be approximately $100-120. This is an additional cost we need to raise.
Secondly, Halle is starting a full time pre-K program next year- yay! She is SO excited and can’t wait to start. It’s the same school she will likely attend until for the duration of our time in Rwanda- and we have many friends there between the staff and students. The school has offered us the biggest discount it can, but the price is still a bit higher than we had budgeted for the year, mostly from new student enrollment fees that we hadn’t anticipated and don’t get discounted. All told, we need to raise an additional $2500 for the next school year for Halle.
Thirdly, I (Matthew) have been painfully learning the need for MARGIN. Out of a desire to be a responsible steward of the gifts God has given us (namely, your financial support), I have time-after-time set our budget according to what we need to survive…in ideal circumstances. And we just aren’t in ideal circumstances. And month-to-month additional expenses cause us to cut out the planned expenses (date nights, get-aways, etc.) that we need to stay healthy. So in addition to the expenses listed here, I am asking for MARGIN, so that I can buy Karli a small gift from the market (her love language is very much “gifts”), even in a month that I have to replace the brakes on my truck.
Finally, we have had a few families end their financial support of our ministry in the past few months. (We understand and we love you!) This leaves us with a deficit, and an opportunity to partner with new families! We have approximately $300/month in financial partnerships to replace.
So, dear ones- first, of course, we just want to make you aware of these needs so you can pray for them to be filled. If there’s anything I have learned in the past few months, it’s the amazing power of prayer, to protect and to fulfill our needs. We covet each and every one of your prayers, both for the needs themselves and for the circumstances that precipitate them (new schools! New partners! Therapy!)
Secondly, there are a few ways you can help:
If you are a current financial supporter, you could prayerfully consider increasing your support, or giving an additional one-time gift to help with these extra expenses. You can click here (then hit “log in to my donations”) to review and edit your giving.
If you aren’t a current financial supporter, we would love to chat with you about partnering with our ministry in some way! We cherish every dollar that is sent to support us, and steward it as the Lord’s. We are grateful for every donation, any size 🙂 You can click here to give ❤
And for all of you- we would love for you to prayerfully consider who in your community might be interested in learning about our ministry! Expanding our network of supporters and forging new relationships allows us to serve on behalf of so many families (all over the world!) and keeps our ministry vibrant and stable.
Please know how difficult an update like this is to write (it’s the hardest part of our job!) and how much we love, respect, and pray for each of you. We take our budget VERY seriously, and are doing our best to both steward money well and maintain both a healthy family and a vibrant ministry, so that we can continue to serve in Rwanda for years to come!
Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions- we cherish each of you and your friendships.