A letter from Kay Day in Rwanda
Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings from the Land of a Thousand Hills. Rwanda is really that. There are very few level places, but rather places of vistas and valleys. It is a beautiful country. But the most beautiful features of the country are the people. That was true in Malawi as well. Going to Malawi was like going home. I knew so many people because of the longstanding relationship between Pittsburgh Presbytery and Blantyre Synod. Coming to Rwanda felt as if I were truly coming to a foreign country, until I got here. I was greeted at the airport at 8:30 on a rainy Saturday night by two of the staff of the Eglise Presbyterienne au Rwanda (EPR) with a truck to transport all my luggage. I was escorted shopping for the basics of life by two other staff members who took an entire morning to help me find the things I needed, including a conference meeting of the two of them and a friend they called to help select the best cell phone possible. I had a house staff hand-chosen for me and a house equipped in American style, complete with microwave. I have been hosted for meals, provided with translators for meetings, invited to participate in pastors’ seminars, involved in staff fellowship times, and included in the tender time of genocide remembrance. I have been welcomed to a new home.
This has made me realize afresh what it means to be a part of the family of God. That is not just a phrase, but a way of life that we are invited into when we accept Christ’s invitation of salvation. It is sharing our hearts and our gifts with one another and caring for each other in the process—sharing our lives together. This has been modeled for me this month. I am so grateful to God and the church here in Rwanda. I am also grateful to you because you have partnered with me to make this all possible through your prayers and your financial support. You are with me in this new home and I thank you for that.
I was given this first month to get acquainted and get settled. Monday I plunge in to teaching Practical Theology. It is a bit different from the States. I will teach for three hours a day, four days a week, on one subject. This is a test of stamina, for me and for the students. Please pray with me that I am able to do all that God has called me to do, to his glory, to help equip the students to faithfully proclaim God’s Word to their world.
Yours in Christ’s love,
Kay (Cathie to the family)