Rwandan Camp: Day 4

Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
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Trip End Aug 02, 2009


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Friday, July 24, 2009

Today was our last day of normal camp activities. I wanted Daniel and Cindy to have the chance to see the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, and if they didn't go today, they wouldn’t have the chance. So Doc and I dropped them at the Center at a little after 8:00 with instructions to Samuel to come and pick them up after he dropped us off at Runda. That would give them about an hour and half to view the memorial exhibits, and the mass graves.

We arrived in Runda shortly before 9:00 and found that the night had passed well for everyone. We started right on in Christian Living. Doc went first with a presentation about Proverbs, specifically "going to the ant." I took the second half-hour around the theme of “you reap what you sow,” to encourage them to consider the consequences of their actions, and to think ahead.

At a little after 10:00 we took them out to the football pitch to start the sports activities. They played hard until 11:30 with one breather to rehydrate, and then we came back to the school to continue work on the wheelchair. The delivery of food for the day had been late (not uncommon), so we found that lunch wouldn’t be ready until 1:00. Daniel and Cindy had arrived by this time after a sobering visit during which they had witnessed a coffin being interred in one of the mass burial vaults. They took the campers outside to play volleyball. There were some excellent volleys now. The last ten minutes of the class was the “all-star” match where the best campers played the staff. It was very enjoyable for everyone.

Lunch was the same general menu as on previous days. By the end of lunch, the wheelchair was finished and we took some photos of the campers with the finished product and Doc Swartz by whose efforts it had been brought over.

From 2:00 to 3:00 we played our ultimate game of ultimate Frisbee. Patrick Mundeli got his team together to chant a special cheer which ended with “invincible.” Being on the other team, I teased him about the wisdom about bragging when one takes his armor off not when he puts it on. He laughed good-naturedly, as always. Far be it from me to brag (well maybe not too far), but our team ended up winning rather handily. I teased Patrick that perhaps he should change his cheer to “vincible” and ask how his armor was feeling. We had a good chuckle about that, and everyone was very happy at the end of a very fun match.

The last activity of the day was as series of relay games, that we sometimes call crazy Olympics. This was a first for them in Rwanda and the campers and staff really loved the games. Students from the school gathered to watch, and especially cheered for our older deacon Mr. Sibobugingo, whenever he did well. We wrapped things up at 5:00 and settled down for a last Q&A session, which we shortened half an hour to leave some time for preparations before the start of the Sabbath.

Greg Swartz: finished up a few questions he had left.

I answered a series of questions about how men enter the ministry, by what criteria they are chosen, and how elections work for positions of responsibility within our ministry in UCG. Daniel Harper covered the last question: “Do we really have hope of eternal life with our Father?” He answered it succinctly and well.

At 5:30 we stopped and let everyone go about their preparatory activities. I asked Mr. Mundeli to make sure we’d have the electricity working tomorrow morning at 9:00 for the seminar we planned to have.

I had been mistaken about the mandatory municipal service schedule. I thought it was the first Saturday of each month that such service was required, but it is actually the last. So tomorrow from 7:00 to 11:00 everyone in the country will be expected to work on some municipal improvement works (filling potholes, clearing roadside gutters, cutting brush etc). To ensure the church members from Giti would be allowed to pass, Mr. Mundeli would have to go up to Giti to accompany them with official documents about our Church registration and beliefs about the Sabbath. Sabbath keepers are allowed to do their service on Sunday. So he will leave at 4:30 for the drive to Giti; we hope they will all arrive by 9:00 in Runda. Dan and Cindy are eager to see Giti and asked if they could go along in spite of the early start. It was agreed that Mr. Mundeli will pick them up at the Bloom at 04:30.

We had planned to visit the Mille Collines hotel for an aperitif (the top-floor restaurant is not open as the hotel is being refurbished) and then go to an Indian Restaurant nearby for dinner Friday night, but considering our fatigue level and the early start we will make tomorrow, we decided to eat at the Bloom. We stopped briefly near the hotel and bought some water juice and bread we’ll need for breakfast tomorrow with our early start.

We had hoped that eating at the Bloom would allow us an earlier night, but after ordering at 7:30, we weren’t actually served dinner until after 9:00 pm! So much for our early night!
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