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Yay for #karlisdailylula 👒my very favorite airplane #lularoeazure from @lularoeamandacambley and my first ever #lularoelindsay! I was nervous about the Lindsay, tbh- it seemed so baggy- by I finally took the plunge and I am so glad- it's the perfect summer layer and such a trendy fit! Everything matches perfectly with my new @betsie_jane necklace from #ifrwanda2017 ❤️ #lularoe

Received this lovely plaque from @everthinehome as an anniversary gift. Darrin added his own personalized touch 😂😂 Thank you, Barbara, for this beautiful addition to our bedroom wall with an important reminder. #WeStillDo #westilldo(it) #everthinehome #marriage

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At a loss for words. Rwanda 🇷🇼 is vibrant, the people equally so. Yesterday we heard about the beginnings of @africanewlife ministry from Florence, wife and cofounder; a woman of great faith, humility, vision and joy. We toured the grounds of the Dream Center: the seminary, the newly added book printing department, the future hospital. We visited the Genocide memorial. The Africa New Life Children's choir brought us to tears, our faces sore from smiling so wide for 30 minutes straight. Please continue to pray for us as we spend time in the community today. Time w/ the #ifrwanda2017 team has been so sweet. @ifgathering

MEET ANNAH | The #IFRwanda2017 team has just returned to the States after visiting women who have been accepted into @africanewlife's 2018 vocational sewing program. They saw where the women lived, heard their stories and their dreams, and prayed with them.
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Annah Kamaliza is one of those women.
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She is 17 years old and is the sixth of twelve children. Because her parents couldn’t afford the fees for school, she was only able to complete up to the 8th grade. Annah’s dream is to become a designer for a variety of models, and she wants to learn many different fashions to do so. She wants to open a clothing store of her own design to display and sell her varied items.
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You can help transform Annah’s life for the glory of God and the good of others by providing a partial or complete scholarship to Africa New Life’s 2018 vocational sewing class. A full scholarship of $1,800 or $150/month covers one year of tuition, materials and equipment, discipleship, and daycare (if needed) for one woman who has demonstrated extraordinarily high need. We invite you to prayerfully consider joining together with your family or small group to contribute to the scholarship fund.
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→ http://bit.ly/Annah2018 ←

We all serve the same God who loves us all the same. No language barriers and no skin color barriers. Lots and lots of hearts today and lots of love. 💜🇷🇼#ifrwanda2017

Today we welcome home @jessicabpagel from her mission to Rwanda. We're so grateful for Jessica, and all others who are/have been in the mission field this summer. #ifrwanda2017

Coming home is full of mixed feelings. It is good to be back to normal life but also missing Rwanda, the wonderful people we met and being together with these ladies. I slept 13 hours the first night that I was home and the weekend has been a bit hazy, felt a little out of it and tried to ease back into life slowly. Grace for myself and others is a good re-entry rule we discussed. Still trying to process all that I experienced. For me there is always a bit of a trip hangover when you are use to doing life 24-7 with people, seeing and experiencing the same things you are. What a gift that is! (Taken on our last day-Missing 4 team members in this picture) #ifrwanda2017 #womanforwoman 🇷🇼

Over the moon excited to finally meet some of the team! About to leave for Rwanda! 🇷🇼💜 #ifrwanda2017 #grateful

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#ifrwanda2017 reunion with @_amyrodgers_ --while she was in Dallas for a visit. #mayessquint

God. Is. Amazing. In His economy nothing is wasted. Over and over we saw His hand at work. Women from the U.S. with the same stories and struggles as those we met halfway around the world in Rwanda. Friend and IF:Rwanda2017 teammate, @tannaleedonalson, shares her story w/ @africanewlife today. @ifgathering #ifrwanda2017 #ezerwarrior #changedliveschangedworld ----
#Reposting @africanewlife with @instarepost_app -- ||Experiencing God’s perfect match||
Last month, a group of IF : Gathering women from around the U.S. visited Rwanda to advocate on behalf of women in the New Life Family Center’s vocational sewing program. One team member, Tanna Donalson, had the chance to meet the woman she is supporting in the program. Their meeting was transformative...Through their meeting, Anitha and Tanna, two strangers living a world apart, were able to encourage one another, hear each other’s stories, and pray together for release from anger. God is at work in Rwanda and in the U.S. through relationships like these!
Read Tanna and Anitha’s full story here: http://www.africanewlife.org/scholarship/tanna_and_anitha/
#leteverychilddream #storytelling #transformation #socialgood #IFGathering2017 #rwanda #womensministry

Here is a fantastic story from one of my team members. Check out my profile for the link to help support these amazing women! #ifrwanda2017 #womanforwoman #ezerwarrior
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||Experiencing God’s perfect match||
Last month, a group of @ifgathering women from around the U.S. visited Rwanda to advocate on behalf of women in the New Life Family Center’s vocational sewing program. One team member, Tanna Donalson, had the chance to meet the woman she is supporting in the program. Their meeting was transformative...Through their meeting, Anitha and Tanna, two strangers living a world apart, were able to encourage one another, hear each other’s stories, and pray together for release from anger. God is at work in Rwanda and in the U.S. through relationships like these!
Read Tanna and Anitha’s full story in the link 👆🏾
#leteverychilddream #storytelling #transformation #socialgood #IFGathering2017 #rwanda #womensministry @tannaleedonalson

This girl. I can't say enough.
Our sweet Alice, she spent endless hours with us in Rwanda. She held our hand and walked with us so graciously through the history of Rwanda, through the culture, through what to do & what not to do. She answered all of our questions with patience and love. She told us stories - really hard stories and really good stories. She sat and watched as we were in awe over the things we saw. She relaxed while we worked in the garden because she had much experience with that. :) When we didn't have words during our home visits, she gave them to us. She laughed with us and she cried with us. She even sang to us. She taught us songs in Kinyarwanda and then laughed. She hugged us big amazing bear hugs when we just couldn't take much more emotionally.

We lived life together for a mere 8 days but it feels like I've known her my entire life. I'm not sure she realizes the impact she has on so many.

Her life is a testimony of the value and fruit of child sponsorship with Africa New Life Ministries.

She is a brave and beautiful and courageous. She is a hard worker and determined.

She is a leader.

Her hopes and dreams are to use all that has been poured into her and all of her schooling to advocate for those that need it the most.

I CAN NOT wait to see all that the Lord is going to do in her life. I miss you my sweet friend! I miss you.

#ezerwarrior #ifgathering #ifrwanda2017 #africanewlifeministries #advocate #leteverychilddream #whatisyourwhy #purpose #isponsorbecause #missingrwanda

Received this lovely plaque from @everthinehome as an anniversary gift. Darrin added his own personalized touch 😂😂 Thank you, Barbara, for this beautiful addition to our bedroom wall with an important reminder. #WeStillDo #westilldo(it) #everthinehome #marriage

After some misunderstanding , found out Solange Uwambajimana is NOT fully sponsored, BUT we are half way there! 👏🏼👏🏼 She just needs $75 more a month and you can do any $25 increment. Link is in my profile. ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
On another note, this song has been on repeat for me since Sunday. Thinking of Rwanda. ❤️❤️
"Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold
Like a vow that is tested like a covenant of old
Your love is enduring through the winter rain
And beyond the horizon with mercy for today

Faithful You have been and faithful you will be
You pledge yourself to me and it's why I sing

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips" #ifrwanda2017 #danceparty #leteverychilddream 📷: @tannaleedonalson

---- I've been so blessed to get away for a little bit to process and reflect. In my study this morning, I'm reminded of the importance of guarding our hearts and the responsibility we have to continually renew our minds with God's word. There is a intense, continuous battle for our minds.... and it isn't against your neighbor or your coworker, your ex- husband or your in-laws.

Martin Luther King said "The Devil throws hideous THOUGHTS into the soul - hatred of God, blasphemy, and despair." Do you see that!! He has the capability to put **thoughts** in our minds... and scripture clearly teaches this. They are subtle and made in first person so we think they are our own thoughts.
Scary... right!? #butGod through Christ we are given authority to take every thought captive.
Prayer and the continuous renewal of our minds are keys to fighting this battle, among other things. Unforgiveness is counter productive to the battle and one of the biggest openings you can give the enemy. We must forgive. ---
As I study this I'm reminded of while we were in Rwanda, visiting a church that is now a genocide memorial in Bugesera, a village where over 70% of the population were brutally murdered. Bullet holes still cover the ceiling and walls of the building and piles atop of piles of the clothing of those that lost their lives there cover the floors. Mass graves and images of skulls fractured by machetes flood my mind. Its nothing like I've ever seen or experienced before ... we were all numb. Witnessing this and witnessing how far this country has come in just over 20 years in reconciliation and healing is a testimony to the Lord at work and the power of forgiveness.

Could you forgive someone that killed your family? Could you live next door to them in peace?
We must forgive. We must promote peace. The wounds of our past must be healed. "We went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance." Psalm 66:12

#wemustforgive #iwillneverforget #knowledgeisresponsibility #healing #reconciliation #forgiveness #peace #katytexas #empower #sowaseed #africanewlife #ifrwanda2017 #ifgathering

Beautiful things that made my heart happy today ❤️🙌🏽 #runitout #runforrwanda #processing #bekindtoyourself #thankyoujesus #katytexas #hopecity
BUT not one of these things is more beautiful than this woman. Because SHE is made in the image of God. She is an image-bearer. We, people, are made in HIS image and He made all of us with dignity. She is strong and beautiful. She has a purpose and she is passionate and joyful. She has specific gifts and talents and is using those to bring glory to God. Her name is Alicia. I shared a little about her while I was in Rwanda. She is a living testimony of how the Lord is working through the Africa New Life sewing program. We ran into her quite *by accident* working on the sewing machine she received after graduating the program in 2010. Before the program she couldn't provide for herself or her family. Her future seemed bleak. #butGod through the program she came to know and have a relationship with Jesus, she met a community of women that became her sisters, and she learned to sew. She sings in the choir at the church down the street from her home. Her and her husband are supporting their three children and living with purpose, passion, and dignity. #onlyGod #transformation #glorytoglory
Is there anything better than seeing someones life transformed?! #twohands #africanewlife #rwanda #ifrwanda2017 @vivmabuni @africanewlife

Thinking of my #ifrwanda2017 ladies and anyone else that has experienced this.
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Grabbed my shoes that are still coated in the red dirt roads of Uganda because it's time to head back to @iamfuerte this morning. I don't want to wash that dirt away. As I filled up my water bottle, I am reminded of what Holden said on his first day in Uganda, "Wow, it sure is a lot of hard work to get just one sip of clean water." The hour before departing for the airport, I sat with a new friend who shared that robbers had broken in and gang raped her a few months ago. The police did nothing. I don't want to wash the dirt away and make my shoes all shiny again. I want to remember and let that remembering remind me every day-- in my Costco filled, gym membership, good emergency room accessible world-- that there is much work to be done still. So pardon my dirty shoes.

Found out that my girl Solange got her scholarship fully completed. 🙌🏼🙌🏼 (if you were part of this, I would love to know)
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We have 4 of the 33 women fully funded. 👍🏼👍🏼 This is a picture from one of our many home visits and where we met Annah (sitting on the couch arm rest in the left corner) . We are sitting in a common living room and she rents out one room with her sister to live in. She is 17 years old and only has completed 8th grade. She dreams of being a designer and be able to provide for her other 11 siblings.
Check out my profile for the link to the rest of the women. Every little bit helps! #ifrwanda2017 #leteverychilddream #womenforwomen #ezerwarrior 📷: @tannaleedonalson

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