As we wait for Ray’s documents to be processed so we can go into Congo, we spend time with friends catching up with what is happening in their lives. Some of the children are having a break from school so playing games with them and chatting about how they are doing in school and other wise has been good. I had taken a little book I made for them of memories of New Hope school and they enjoyed looking at their pictures and remembering our times together.
We are planning a trip up country to a refugee camp on the border of Burundi and Tanzania. Some of the children from New Hope have been taken there to be processed with some family members by UNHCR. This is an unusual procedure as in the past the officials came to New Hope or worked from an office in the city of Bujumbura in Burundi. There is concern for their health and welfare as they have been gone since December and no one knows what is happening. The conditions in these camps are not good. We are waiting for a letter of permission to go into the camp. There are thousands of people there and we will take sacks of food for a few but of course cannot supply all the need. It is very overwhelming to face such need and to know we can’t do very much! We have been able to send money ahead into Congo to have the toilet block at Ecole Shalom in Uvira started. When we have Ray’s documents we can travel into Congo and will see to the school being painted. We also will be starting the foundation for the community training centre on one of the new pieces of land just outside of Uvira.