Monday, June 23
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The Presbytery of North Central Iowa
Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church (CHCPC) in Cedar Falls began a partnership with a small Presbyterian parish in Bihembe, Rwanda, in 2008. The village first expressed a need for goats, and 62 were provided to families. The village now has milk for babies, meat, and, most importantly, manure to improve the soil for crops.
Later, funds were requested for water-storage tanks and for piping to connect the village with the Rwanda Water Company. Many grade-school-age girls had been spending up to six hours per day hauling water from a distant lake to their homes. As a result, they had no time for school. Today, there is a water fountain outside the school and the church, and every child is able to attend school.
CHCPC then helped establish electricity in the village in 2011, and every grade-school-age child received a laptop from the Rwandan government.
The village also shared its concern about the lack of school facilities for grades 7–9. By early 2013, CHCPC, the First Presbyterian congregations in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Westminster Presbyterian in Waterloo, and the Presbytery of North Central Iowa had sent funds for a secondary school. It was completed soon after and now serves five surrounding villages.
According to the Bihembe Presbyterian congregation, the village has been transformed: food supplies have been improved, the village has fresh water and electricity, and all the children are attending grade school and can now continue their education in their own village.
The presbytery is home to 55 congregations and their 7,671 members.
—Carroll J. Schacht, elder, Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church, Cedar Falls
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of great miracles, we thank you for your providence in the midst of scarcity, your reconciliation and healing after a time of broken connections, and your love nurtured between neighbors across the world. Amen.