A trip to Rwanda this past summer gave three travelers plenty to share during a presentation at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta.
Jack Muller, retired pastor, said St. Luke's is directly related to the Anglican Church in Rwanda.
The trip was planned to develop and cement relationships in the small country.
The area they visited is at about 6,000 feet, and is green year-round, Rev. Muller said. "Though some vegetables, tea and coffee can be grown, water for irrigation is scarce and must be carried over one and a half miles. There are many small terraced truck farms, usually worked by women. They raise goats for milk and meat.
"The people are friendly and welcoming. English is one of four languages spoken in the country, with many of the people speaking all of them." He said, "Even with that, there is no question that it is a Third World country.
A short video with a montage of photos gave a feel for the people and countryside. Schooling has progressed, backed by churches and the government. The pastor there, Juan Babtiste, has a vision, working to make the area an education center.
Linda Muller took her camera and made good use of it. Photos of smiling babies, the marketplace, dancers and more were interesting to all.
Linda said, "They aren't used to seeing white visitors. Many wanted to touch our skin. They loved looking at their pictures on the camera."
Daphna Russell took painting materials and turned a classroom into an art studio as she instructed children in the use of the supplies.
"Older people are highly respected," Daphna said. "One should never come to this country with preconceived ideas. Surprises were everywhere. All in all, it was an extraordinary experience."
Refreshments were served and opportunities to shop were made available before and after the presentation. Items for sale included jewelry, baskets, noise makers, and more, crafted by people from Rwanda. All money raised is returned to those who crafted the items.blog comments powered by Disqus